ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 Motherboard - Synthetic System, CPU and More

Article Index
ASRock 890GX Extreme 4 Motherboard
Closer Look at the Extreme 4
890GX Extreme 4 Features and Specs
BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup, HDD Testing and More
Synthetic System, CPU and More
Real World Application Benchmarks
Game Performance and Final Thoughts


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.



Overclocking 400MHz on this 6-Core CPU yielded some better results according to PCMark and we gained a generous improvement in everything other than "TV" performance.  I'm okay with that.


Next, 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 shows interesting performance between the 3.4GHz Phenom II X4 system and the 2.8GHz Phenom II X6 system.  It is no surprise that the faster clocked chip takes single-thread performance, and it comes very close to matching performance when multi-threaded as well.  Each core on the ASRock 890FX board runs 600MHz faster than the CPU on the 890GX, but when overclocking the 890GX system, it beats out the 890FX by a large margin.

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.