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ASRock 890GM Pro3 (AMD 890GX) Motherboard - Synthetic Tests - Part I

With the Phenom II X6 the new big boy behind the AMD fence, we take a look at a 890GX board from ASRock that claims full support.

| Socket AM3/AM3+ in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 21, 2010 3:16 pm
TweakTown Rating: 80%Manufacturer: AsRock

With any system you will want to see a combination of synthetic testing and real-world. Synthetics give you a static, easily repeatable testing method that can be compared across multiple platforms. For our synthetic tests we use Everest Ultimate, Sisoft Sandra, FutureMark's 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage, Cinebench as well as HyperPi. Each of these covers a different aspect of performance or a different angle of a certain type of performance.

 


Memory Bandwidth

 

Memory is a big part of current system performance. In most systems slow or flakey memory performance will impact almost every type of application you run. To test memory we use a combination of Sisoft Sandra, Everest and HyperPi 0.99.

 


Sisoft Sandra

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2010c 1626
Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.net
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The memory performance here is about what it should be for an 890 series chipset. It is not the fastest, but it is not the slowest either.

 


Everest Ultimate

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 5.30.1983
Developer Homepage: http://www.lavalys.com
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Everest Ultimate is a suite of tests and utilities that can be used for system diagnostics and testing. For our purposes here we use their memory bandwidth test and see what the theoretical performance is.

 

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Stock Memory Performance

 

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Overclocked Memory Performance

 

Again, the numbers here are not too bad. This is especially considering the price point this board is setup for.

 


HyperPi 0.99

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 0.99
Developer Homepage: http://www.virgilioborges.com.br
Product Homepage: http://www.virgilioborges.com.br
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HyperPi is a front end for SuperPi that allows for multiple concurrent instances of SuperPi to be run on each core recognized by the system. It is very dependent on CPU to memory to HDD speed. The faster these components, the faster it is able to figure out the number Pi to the selected length.

 

For our testing we use the 32M run. This means that each of the four physical and four logical cores for the i7 and the four physical cores of the i5 is trying to calculate the number Pi out to 32 million decimal places. Each "run" is a comparative to ensure accuracy and any stability or performance issues in the loop mentioned above will cause errors in calculation.

 

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AMD CPUs and chipsets do not perform well with HyperPi (or SuperPi). The 890GM Pro3 carries that over into its performance. If we had to hazard a guess, this would be more related to the caching on the CPU than a specific board issue.

 

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