ASRock G43 Twins-FullHD mATX - Instant Boot and Subsystem Testing

Article Index
ASRock G43 Twins-FullHD mATX
Closer Look at the Board
G43 Specifications and Features
G43 Twins-FullHD BIOS
Instant Boot and Subsystem Testing
G43 Benchmarking Continued
Gaming Performance and Conclusion

Subsystem Testing - Instant Boot:

A few weeks ago - and much later than the initial release of this motherboard, ASRock launched their "Instant Boot" technology.   Instant Boot promises to start your PC in the "blink of an eye".  While some people may complain that it doesn't technically boot your computer from an "off" state, it does make your computer turn on very fast - much faster, safer and it allows the OS to be "Cleaner" than if you simply suspend or hibernate the system.  Make sure you check out all the details over here.

The only real downside to this technology is that it will only work on a single-user machine and the user cannot use a password.  You won't have a secure workstation, but it will boot faster and save the company money.

Instant Boot

 

Subsystem Tests - HDD:

We start off the subsystem testing with some HDD tests.  For the HDTach test below we used an older single SATA drive that we had kicking around.  The drive used is a 200GB Western Digital SATA unit that definitely shows its age, but it shows the same performance on this board as other boards - take that for what it's worth though as this is a synthetic benchmark.

HDTach
HDTach

 

Memory Performance: 

For testing out memory performance we used SiSoft Sandra 2009 as well as Everest Ultimate 4.0.  Grab your copy of SiSoft Sandra 2009 here.  You'll have to keep in mind that we are using a 4GB kit of DDR2-800 that has relatively slow timings of 5-5-5-15 as well as a 4GB kit of DDR3 at 1066MHz running at 5-5-5-15 as well.  Even though the DDR3 was capable of 1333MHz, the board limits DDR3 to 1066MHz.  Tighter memory would provide better benchmark scores, but a solid kit of 4GB memory is fantastic for a HTPC running a 64-bit OS.

Memory Chart

 

Subsystem Tests - Audio:

ASRock claims that some of their motherboards have HD Audio that is capable of 110db dynamic range through the ALC890 codec.  You can find our results of those boards here.  The ASRock G43 Twins-FullHD doesn't make those claims however, so we expected it to have slightly poorer audio quality.  The truth is that most people won't hear the difference when plugged into a $50 pair of speakers or headphones, but for those of you that care about audio quality on the integrated audio, RightMark Audio Analyzer results are below.  We tested a few different bit and sampling rates and have posted the chart below for your viewing pleasure.

RMAA

The last ASRock board I looked at was the A770 Crossfire and that board had slightly better audio quality than this board all around.  Take a look at this page for the comparison.

 

 

Subsystem Tests - Network:

One area that we have started testing is network performance.  It is easy for a company to claim great networking features as many users never test them out and are puzzled when they can only transfer files at a mere 250Mbit/sec on their 1000Mbit/sec NIC.  We use iPerf for testing network performance and on this board we tested out both wired and wireless performance.

In iPerf, we ran single threaded tests as well as a multi-threaded network test that used five streams at the same time.  Multi-threaded performance always looks better and shows how the network system will hold up when accessed from multiple machines at the same time.  Single thread performance shows client-to-client file sharing performance.

 iPerf Chart
iPerf Chart

 

Please keep in mind that the network performance numbers indicate maximum throughput that the networking hardware is capable of.  In reality, you won't see these numbers due to Operating System overhead, CPU and even Hard Disk Drive limitations.  The truth is though; the G43 Twins-FullHD has pretty decent multi-thread performance but is the slowest single thread performer we've seen when it comes to network throughput.

CPU load averaged 14% when running the wired tests.  CPU load is quite acceptable when using a fast CPU, but a slower CPU such as an E4300 may suffer higher CPU load and slow the system even further.

On the next page, we'll run some performance benchmarks and see how this board rounds out.