ASRock 4Core1333-Viiv and Intel E4400 Performance Review

Motherboards/Intel S775 by SidneyWong @ 2007-08-31

ASRock is ready for a new series of board using Intel P965 chipset meeting Quad Core demands. ASRock 4Core 1333-ViiV packs with eSATAII, 6-SATA ports, Firewire, CrossFire & ViiV ready, Raid 0, 1, 10 & 5, and bundled with DeskExpress Card. We feature this review with a mainstream CPU, the Intel E4400 CPU plus more. Let´s find out what kind of performance this entry level combination of board & CPU can deliver.

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BIOS & Crossfire & Express Card


ASRock BIOS settings are pretty simple as always, there are not many options and selections. (F2 to access BIOS)

1) FSB adjustment from 100 to 500MHz in 1Mhz increment or Auto
2) CPU, PCIe in Auto, Sync and Async
2) Memory setting with 4 adjustments for manual instead of auto mode.
3) 2T is set to default (disable)
3) VCCM, VDDQ, ICH8, VTT voltages are limited to toggle switch of low, lowest, medium and high.
4) SATA HDD – Enhance and Compatible

We will go through some of the critical ones for initial setup and or overclocking for some of us. The BIOS version MO.11C dated July 4, 07 came with the sample board was found to be raising the FSB automatically by 2 Mhz in Windows with some features that were mysterious to say the least. It showed signs of instability at times. I checked ASRock website and found Version P-1.1 dated June 24, 07. I flashed the BIOS to this version and everything works. The MO.11 must be a marketing press sample that I received with the board.

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Two ways to set up HDD

  • Set SATAII configuration to "Compatible" (screen shot 7 above). Restart to ensure the correct HDD is detected.
  • Select "Enhanced" - under "Config SATA as", there are three options, IDE, RAID and AHCI. Select IDE for single HDD.

    Memory Options:

    At the bottom of screen shot 4, "DIMM IN" "disable" is 2T and "enable" is 1T. Set to "disable" on first time bootup until you are sure IT can be run.

    Memory latency:

  • 3, 4 and Auto Ram CAS# Latency when memory speed is above or at 400MHz.
  • 4, 5 and Auto Ram CAS# Latency when memory speed is below 400MHz.
  • More relax timings for the remaining 3 settings will display as ram speed is above or at 400MHz

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    The jumpers setting above is for non-AGI application connecting pin 1&2. Jumpers will have to be moved down connecting pin2&3 for Crossfire application. Once connected, IDE will no longer be available. In another word, if you plan on using Crossfire, get all SATA devices such as HDD and Optical Drive.

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    Express Card:

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    Wiring connection is pretty straight forward; just make sure the two SATA cables match acording to the color code.

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    You could find more about ExpressCard here.
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    Comment from Sidney @ 2007/09/01
    One of our readers was kind enough to let us know the the wrong specification was posted on the review, and not having to mention the Intel 82655DC Gigabit LAN favored by many than 3rd party manufacturers suggesting a unique price point for the board. This is exactly what I wanted to hear as the ability to overclock alone is not the only measurement many of us have in mind.

    Correction has been made to the specifications, and the Intel LAN was noted. Additionally, he suggested that E4500 now comes with GO stepping with low voltage range a better match than the E4400.

    Anyway, I like to thank him for his valuable opinion on top of the mistake I made.
    Comment from jmke @ 2007/09/01
    yes that was kind of him! thanks for the quick corrections Sidney