ASRock K10N78hSLI-WiFi Motherboard - Chipset and Motherboard Features

Article Index
ASRock K10N78hSLI-WiFi Motherboard
Closer Look at the K10N78hSLI-WiFi
Chipset and Motherboard Features
K10N78hSLI-WiFi BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup and Subsystem Testing
ASRock K10N78hSLI-WiFi Benchmarks
Gaming and Real World Performance

GeForce 8200 Chipset Features:

The NVIDIA GeForce 8200 motherboard GPU brings new graphics technologies to everyone. Enjoy Windows Vista and today's popular games with DirectX 10. Watch the latest Blu-ray and HD DVD titles with NVIDIA® PureVideo® HD technology. And turbo-charge your GeForce GPUs with GeForce Boost for amazing graphics performance. All at an exceptional value.


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DirectX 10 for Everyone
Get DirectX 10 at an affordable price to start experiencing Windows Vista, the games you've been waiting to play and better overall multimedia fun.


HD at 1080p for Everyone
Experience astounding Blu-ray and HD-DVD movie picture quality (supported formats include H.264, VC1 and MPEG2) with PureVideo HD technology.Enjoy enhanced system performance, reduced power consumption and quieter operation with minimal CPU utilization.


Turbo-charge your GeForce GPU
Turbocharge the performance of your GeForce GPU. Plug it into a GeForce 8200 motherboard to enjoy GeForce Boost and enhanced graphics performance.

 

  • Full Microsoft DirectX 10 Support
    DirectX 10 GPU with full Shader Model 4.0 support delivers unparalleled levels of graphics realism and film-quality effects.
  • GeForce Boost Technology
    Turbocharge the performance of your GeForce GPU*. Plug it into an NVIDIA motherboard to enjoy the additive performance of GeForce Boost technology. Get performance increases and more for your money.
  • NVIDIA PureVideo HD Technology
    PureVideo HD technology is the combination of high-definition video decode acceleration and post-processing that delivers unprecedented picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color, and precise image scaling for movies and video. PureVideo HD includes required content protection circuitry (HDCP) for playing the new Blu-ray and HD DVD movies at the highest quality possible, and is directly integrated with the leading HD movie software players. PureVideo HD delivers the ultimate high-definition movie experience on a PC.

  • Integrated HDMI technology with HDCP
    On board HDMI connector designed to meet the output protection management (HDCP) and security specifications of the Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD formats, allowing the playback of encrypted movie content on PCs when connected to HDCP-compliant displays.

  • NVIDIA MediaShield™ technology
    Provides a simple point and click wizard-based interface for creating and managing multi-disk storage configurations. Allows multi-disk designs to be set up for maximum performance (RAID 0), for data protection (RAID 1), or for a combination of both performance and protection (RAID 0+1 and RAID 5).

  • NVIDIA FirstPacket technology
    Be the 'King of Ping' with NVIDIA FirstPacket™ technology. NVIDIA FirstPacket technology assures your game data, VoIP conversations, and large file transfers are delivered according to preferences set by you in an intuitive wizard.

  • High Definition Audio (HDA)
    High definition audio brings consumer electronics quality sound to the PC delivering high quality sound from multiple channels. Using HDA, systems can deliver 192 kHz/32-bit quality for eight channels, supporting new audio formats.

    *On select GeForce GPUs, visit www.nvidia.com/hybridsli for a complete list

 



NVIDIA Hybrid SLI Technology GeForce Boost technology
HybridPower technology
Graphics DirectX 10 support
PureVideo HD
Display Options HDMI
DVI
VGA
Expansion Slots PCI Express 2.0 support
1 x16, 3 x1
Up to 5 PCI Slots
CPU AMD Socket AM2+
AMD Phenom, Athlon 64 FX, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64
Memory DDR2 1066/800/667/533
Storage NVIDIA MediaSheild Technology
Up to 6 Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s drives
Up to 2 PATA drives (Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33)
RAID configurations 0, 1, 0+1, 5
Networking Native Gigabit Ethernet connection
NVIDIA FirstPacket™ technology
USB Up to 12 USB 2.0 ports
Audio HDA (Azalia)

Note: Specifications vary by motherboard manufacturer

 

Now that we see what the GeForce 8200 chipset is capable of, let's take a look and see how ASRock has implemented this with the K10N78hSLI-WiFi specs.

 

 General
CPU - Support for Socket AM2+ / AM2 processors: AMD Phenom™ FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core / Athlon X2 Dual-Core / Athlon 64 / Sempron processor
- AMD LIVE!™ Ready
- Supports AMD's Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
- FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
- Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology
Chipset - NVIDIA® GeForce 8200
Memory - Dual Channel DDR2 memory technology
- 4 x DDR2 DIMM slots
- Supports DDR2 1066/800/667/533 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Max. capacity of system memory: 8GB
*

*Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® XP and Windows® Vista™. For Windows® XP 64-bit and Windows® Vista™ 64-bit with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
BIOS - 8Mb AMI BIOS
- AMI Legal BIOS
- Supports "Plug and Play"
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, DRAM, Chipset Core, HTT Voltage Multi-adjustment
 Audio, Video and Networking
Graphics - n/a
Audio - 7.1 CH Windows® Vista™ Premium Level HD Audio with Content Protection
- DAC with 110dB dynamic range (ALC890 Audio Codec)
LAN - Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Giga PHY RTL8211B
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
Wireless LAN ASRock WiFi-802.11g module
- 54Mbps IEEE 802.11g / 11Mbps IEEE 802.11b
- Supports Software Access Point mode (AP mode) and Station mode (Infrastructure mode and Ad-hoc mode)
 Expansion / Connectivity
Slots - 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (green @ x16 mode)
- 2 x PCI Express x1 slots
- 3 x PCI slots
- Supports NVIDIA® Hybrid SLI™ GeForce® Boost feature
Connector - 6 x Serial ATAII 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, RAID 5, JBOD), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
- 1 x eSATAII 3.0 Gb/s connector (shared with 1 SATAII port)
- 1 x ATA133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)
- 1 x Floppy connector
- 1 x DeskExpress Hot Plug Detection header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x IEEE 1394 header
- CPU/Chassis FAN connector
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- CD in header
- Front panel audio connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1 x WiFi/E header
Rear Panel I/O ASRock 1394_SPDIF I/O
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x eSATAII Port
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- 1 x IEEE 1394 Port
- HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker / Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
 Other Features / Miscellaneous
Unique Feature - ASRock OC Tuner
- Intelligent Energy Saver (Support with Phenom CPU)
- Hybrid Booster:
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control
- ASRock U-COP
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- ASRock AM2 Boost: ASRock Patented Technology to boost memory performance up to 12.5%
Support CD - Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version)
Accessories - 1 x ASRock WiFi-802.11g Module
- 1 x Antenna
- Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
- Floppy/ATA 133 cables
- 4 x SATA data cables (optional)
- 1 x SATA 1 to 1 power cable (optional)
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF cable (optional)
Hardware Monitor - CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU Fan Tachometer
- Chassis Fan Tachometer
- CPU Quiet Fan
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore
Form Factor - ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 8.4-in, 30.5 cm x 21.3 cm
- All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
OS - Microsoft® Windows® XP / XP Media Center / XP 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit compliant
Certifications - FCC, CE, WHQL

On the next page, we'll take a quick look at the BIOS before we jump into overclocking.