ASRock 890FX Deluxe 4 Motherboard - Test Setup and Synthetic Tests

Article Index
ASRock 890FX Deluxe 4 Motherboard
Closer Look
Features and Specs
BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup and Synthetic Tests
Real World Application Benchmarks
Game Performance and Final Thoughts

Test System Specs:

While we tried to come up with a similar system for comparing some of the performance on this board, we really had nothing that came close for a comparison.  I know Zeus is working on this boards brother - the 890GX Deluxe 4, so until then, we'll have to be happy with single comparisons for the most part.  We do have some results from other systems, but that is still really comparing apples to grapefruit in many ways.  We've included them for reference only.

 
ASRock 890FX Deluxe 4
CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE
Motherboard
ASRock 890FX Deluxe 4
Memory
Graphics
NVIDIA 9800GTX 512MB
Cooling
Stock
Hard Drives
Western Digital 300GB Raptor
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
NVIDIA Drivers
258.96

 

 

Synthetic Performance:

To start things off we'll take a look at PCMark Vantage numbers.  We've only included stock vs. overclocked results as this test shows dramatic results by changing a single component in the system.  These numbers are for reference and if you have a similar system, please note the individual tests for better comparison results.


PCMark

 

As we were able to only gain an overclock of a mere 200MHz, the overclocked performance numbers aren't anything to impressive to write home about.  You'll see a greater percentage in performance increase with a processor that has a slower stock speed as many AMD processor tend to top out at a similar speed.

 

We used SiSoft Sandra to test memory performance at stock speed and it came to 12GB/sec of memory bandwidth.  This is pretty decent for a dual-channel kit and it shows that AMD has done a pretty good job with their latest CPUs and memory controllers.

 

Finally we take a look at PMCore - a program that calculates prime numbers.  This program is multi-threaded and we used it to calculate 10,000 prime numbers.  The results below are in seconds.tenths. 

PMCore

Again, we see very poor overclocking performance as we only managed a 5% stable overclock - which appears to be the fault of the CPU, not the motherboard.  Still, the results don't look very impressive.

On the next page we'll carry on with some real-world application tests before we run a couple of gaming related tests with this motherboard.