ASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi Motherboard - Memory Testing and Overclocking

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

Memory Testing:

For memory testing I've used Everest Ultimate and SiSoft Sandra XII. Both of these benchmarks are pretty standard, and we've used them in all of our recent memory reviews, and these tests should really show the performance differences between our tests of DDR2 and DDR3. As we've seen in our testing so far, the differences between DDR2 and DDR3 for general usage are not that big (and in most cases probably not even noticeable), however the advantages of DDR3 is in the memory bandwidth (as these tests will show) and if you're using memory hungry applications making the switch to DDR3 might be a good choice.

 

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Well that concludes our testing, and gives us a pretty good idea of the differences between DDR2 and DDR3 on this board. In general usage the differences were not all the big, but in memory bandwidth testing there was quite an advantage with DDR3. For the general user DDR2 will probably do just fine for the time being, and that's why the DDR2 and DDR3 capabilities of this board is a great feature for the consumer, if you want to save a few bucks and stick with the much cheaper DDR2 for the time being, you won't have to go buy a new board when you decide to jump on the DDR3 bandwagon down the road.


Overclocking:

I'll give a quick rundown of my overclocking experience with the ASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi. For my testing of DDR3 @ 1600 Mhz I overclocked the CPU from 3.0 Ghz (Stock) to 3.6 Ghz (20% Overclock). I was able to pull this overclock with air cooling; however it was pretty much as much as I could pull with air cooling before I started to run into overheating and instability. Overall though, 20% with air cooling isn't a bad overclock, and as you can see in the benchmarks I ran, it was enough of an overclock to make a noticeable difference in most benchmarks.

For the casual overclocker the features of this board are going to be more than enough, you've got all your standard overclocking controls and voltage controls. ASRock has also included a Windows-based overclocking tool, OC Tuner. I won't go into much detail about OC Tuner, but if you want to find out more about it you can check out our review of the ASRock K10N78hSLI-WiFi motherboard where we have gone over what OC Tuner is all about. Most overclockers are probably going to prefer using the BIOS to tweak your overclock, but for a casual overclocker, or someone looking to squeeze a bit more performance out of their system easily the OC Tuner is a great option.

The X48TurboTwins-WiFi has your standard overclocking controls in the BIOS, however for the "Extreme Tweaker" you probably will end up going with a board like the Asus Rampage Formula board, which will included a bit more extreme control for overclocking; however for most enthusiasts the overclocking features of the ASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi board are going to be more than enough and will easily get the job done.

One feature to mention quickly is the Boot Failure Guard, which works very well. Basically if you push your hardware a little too far and you're not getting it to post anymore, the Boot Failure Guard will kick in and reset your BIOS to defaults and let you give it another shot without having to manually reset your BIOS with jumpers or anything. Most current boards have options similar to Boot Failure Guard, but in the past I've had some issues with some of them, but in all my testing, even when I pushed my system beyond its limits the Boot Failure Guard worked like it's supposed to and saved my bacon.