ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard - Game Performance and Final Thoughts

Article Index
ASRock X58 SuperComputer Motherboard
Close Look at the ASRock X58 SuperComputer
X58 Features and Specifications
BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup, HDD Testing and More
Synthetic System, CPU and Memory
Real World Application Benchmarks
Game Performance and Final Thoughts

Gaming Performance - Crysis:

As we fire up our actual gaming benchmarks, we thought of several ways to do this.  Ultimately we wanted to use real resolutions and real settings to compare these processors.  Granted if we ran everything at 640x480, we'd see a dramatic improvement on multi-core capable games when running the Core i7 920 with Hyper Threading at high speeds.  The reality is that most gamers that have money for a new CPU don't run at 640x480 and we wanted to see what kind of performance increase you can expect to see with real settings in a game.  We kept all of the settings exactly the same throughout the tests but unfortunately had to swap out the HD4850s for a single HD4870.

We played some Crysis with the latest patches installed.   We used the HOC Crysis Benchmark for our tests and ran the game at 1280x768, 1680x1050, and 1920x1200.  We used the CPU portion of the benchmarking program and tested on both Medium and High graphics quality.

 Crysis

 

Gaming Performance - Far Cry 2:

The original Far Cry games blew us away with its high detailed graphics, incredible field of view as well as amazing water effects.  Far Cry 2 has left me feeling a little disappointed with its overall look as the game has a much grittier look and feel.  That being said, it is still a popular game and it includes a very handy benchmarking tool.  We ran a couple of resolutions with two detail settings to get a feel at how the motherboard affects performance in the game.

FarCry 2

 

Gaming Performance - HL2:EP2, UT3 & More:

As we wrap up game testing, we quickly look at Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Unreal Tournament 3 and the Valve Multi-CPU Particle Benchmark.  Once again, please keep in mind that the graphics hardware has changed between the platforms so results can't be compared 100%.

Gaming Performance  

 

Final Thoughts:

The ASRock X58 SuperComputer motherboard is a high-end solution for those of you looking to build a nice Core i7 system with tons of GPU, Stream Processing, CUDA and PhysX support.  Although ASRock fails to include some IO brackets that will help you take advantage of more USB2.0 and Firewire ports, it does include the bridges for both CrossfireX and SLI systems.  It offers the standard 6 slots for DDR3 and fully supports XMP memory profiles.  This board overclocks very well and has enough voltage adjustments to really screw something up if you're not careful.  Overall, I'm impressed with the layout as ASRock kept the important headers confined to the outer edge of the board.  This is extremely handy if you fill up the system with graphics cards and would normally have to remove some stuff to plug in that extra USB bracket.


In the end, the layout is nicely done, but if you do install four large graphics cards for either SLI or Crossfire, you're going to use up all of the other PCI slots.  I'm sure that you'll be willing to make that sacrifice though if you had three nice GTX 285 cards in Tri-SLI and an extra GTX 295 running your PhysX processing.  It would be a sacrifice I'd be willing to make.


Pros:

  • Full featured board
  • Very good layout
  • 8-phase power regulation for the CPU
  • Excellent overclocking capability
  • Supports Tri-SLI and Quad CrossfireX
  • Passive cooling works well and is dead silent.
  • Four PCIe 16x slots!!

 

Cons:

  • System wasn't perfectly stable until the 2.10 BIOS (RAM compatibility?)
  • No rear USB/eSATA/Firewire brackets.
  • Pretty expensive - $300+

 

 BCCRating

 

I'd like to thank ASRock for sending out this board for us to review.  Please post your comments in the forums at the link below.