ASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi Motherboard - Test Setup and General Testing

Article Index
ASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi Motherboard
Motherboard Specifications
Test Setup and General Testing
CPU and Hard Drive Testing
Memory Testing and Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

ASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi Motherboard Testing:

Test Setup:

For the testing of this motherboard I am going to test the memory performance, hard drive performance, CPU performance, and overall system performance. The biggest thing I'm trying to show is how this board performs as well as how the performance differs between DDR2 and DDR3.

 

Test System:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
  • Diamond Radeon HD 3870
  • 2 GB Kit of Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 - Provided by Crucial
  • 2 GB Kit of Super Talent Project X DDR3-1800 Memory - Provided By Super Talent
  • Hitachi 1TB Hard Drive - Provided by Memory Express
  • Windows XP SP2

 

Test Info:

I've included CPU-Z screenshots from my testing, in all tests I've run the benchmarks using DDR2 @ 800 Mhz, DDR3 @ 1333 Mhz, and also DDR3 @ 1600 Mhz. For my testing of DDR3 @ 1600 Mhz the CPU has been overclocked from 3.0 Ghz to 3.6 Ghz.

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DDR2 @ 800 Mhz CPU Settings

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DDR2 @ 800 Mhz Memory Settings

 



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DDR3 @ 1333 Mhz CPU Settings

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DDR3 @ 1333 Mhz Memory Settings

 

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DDR3 @ 1600 Mhz CPU Settings

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DDR3 @ 1600 Mhz Memory Settings

 

General Testing:

For general testing I've used PCMark 2005 as well as 3DMark06. PCMark should give us a good estimate of overall system performance, and 3DMark06 should give us a good indication for gaming. I haven't included much for gaming testing in this review due to the fact that most games are going to be much more dependent on the Video Card (For our Testing I've used a Radeon HD 3870) than on memory or CPU or motherboard, and if you want to improve gaming a upgrade in your video card is going to make much more of a difference than a new motherboard ever will.

 

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In both PCMark05 and 3DMark06, the differences between DDR2 @ 800 Mhz and DDR3 @ 1333 Mhz was pretty close to each other.  This is partially due to the fact that the DDR2 is able to run some pretty tight timings (5-4-4-12) while the DDR3 is running at 8-6-6-18 timings. Also in both of these tests memory performance isn't going to make a huge difference in scores, and it's not until we overclock the CPU for the DDR3 @ 1600 Mhz testing that we really see much of a performance increase.