We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS, MSI, Western Digital and Corsair.
On the testbed side of things there's nothing too out of the ordinary when it comes to comparing what we've been using for the last few weeks now. The current problem is that since we moved our testbed around a little bit, we also moved to a new benchmark line-up.
While we've managed to quickly grow our results from the Intel platform, the AMD side of things is looking a little bit light. So today we'll be comparing the ASRock board against a recent ASUS one we looked at which uses the H67 chipset and carries with it our Core i7 2600k processor.
Because we've already looked at the APU side of things in a lot of detail, today our main focus is of course just the motherboard and for that reason we expect it to lag behind our H67 offering due to the use of the A8-3850 APU; so while those results are of course present, we won't be putting the most emphasis on them in certain situations.
On the overclocking side of things, well, there's no overclocking side. While we managed to overclock a bit and move our base clock to 115 and get into Windows, we ran into problems when we started to do stuff. The same happened as low as 105 BCLK; we didn't have an issue getting into Windows. But as soon as we fired up and started using something like HyperPi, our system froze.
To be honest, the whole overclocking experience doesn't come as much of a surprise. You're just so limited when it comes to cooling the board effectively when you're dealing with a board this size.
As always, though, we do cover overclocking, just unfortunately there's not a whole lot to cover. So with that all said and done, it's time to get into the performance side of things to see what's on offer from our little mITX motherboard we have here today.
Let's get started!
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