ASRock 890FX Deluxe 4 Motherboard - Game Performance and Final Thoughts

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

Gaming Performance:

As we fired up some gaming performance benchmarks, I struggled to find a good way to compare numbers with different platforms that BCCHardware has done in the past.  As it turns out, this was pretty much impossible with the huge difference in hardware.  I ended up using FRAPS to do some in-game performance testing of Supreme Commander 2, Call of Duty: World at War as well as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  In the end, most of these games stayed pinned at the maximum 91FPS that the games are capped at, so we didn't include the actual numbers.  We did include a simple 3DMark Vantage result however in order to sate your need for a gaming performance result on this board.  Again, results vary by hardware, but you can see how it performs with the hardware we posted earlier in this review.

3DMark Vantage 

 

Oddly enough, overclocking lowered the overall 3DMark score but it increased the CPU score marginally.  I'm not sure why exactly this is the case, but there you have it.  It's an average showing for a PC with a 9800GTX.

 

Final Thoughts:

The ASRock 890FX Deluxe 4 is a loaded deluxe board that doesn't cost a fortune.  It offers great things like Firewire, front and rear USB 3.0 as well as rear eSATA3 (6Gbps) and enough other goodies and connections to keep you happy all day long.  The DuraCap capacitors are great as they should provide years of trouble-free service.  I like the fact that the system panel header is at the bottom of the board as this makes my custom setup much tidier. 

 



Pros:

  • Nice layout
  • Good placement of the SATA ports
  • Double spaces for PCIe slots
  • Easy to access panel header
  • Front USB 3.0 panel
  • Power, Reset and Diagnostic LED on-board

 

Cons:

  • No extra rear USB/Firewire brackets 

 

BCCRating
 
 Silver

 

I'd like to thank ASRock for setting us up with the Deluxe 4 motherboard.  If you have any questions or comments, please post them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.