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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The Processor Intel E4400

Intel E4400:

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Some of us buy the best technology of the time. Intel Quad Core Q6600 is the most talk about processor of the day after the price drop, trading a few months old Q6600 for newer stepping for better overclocking tops the agenda. While the rest of the group looks for good bargain to best suit their computing needs. I belong to the second group, but I also enjoy sitting on the sideline (right here at [M]) watching the debate and the competition of the diehards in pushing everything to the limit.

I am impressed with what the E2140 delivers especially it overclocks effortlessly at close to default voltage. The difference between E6000 series and E4000 series is Virtualization which I won’t use at home or office. The difference between E4000 and E2000 is the cache size 2 versus 1 MB. This may benefit me on video editing. Naturally, the choice is always a personal one depending on individual value system and how we use the PC. For the price, the Q6600 seems to be a good choice only if I could fully utilize it. The money I save could get me a better graphic card down the road.

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Intel E4400 support features

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E6420 and Q6600 support features

Intel E4400 at 2GHz with 10x multiplier Cheap CPU at ~$120 may be my ticket to own a piece of C2D action. Geeks Computer Parts once again sent me a review sample to match the ASRock 4Core1333 ViiV. Hopefully with luck on my side, 1333 is achievable in bringing 3.33GHz from default of 2GHz matching the E2140 in 1.3GHz increase over default.

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Intel E4400

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The E4400 sSpec is SLA3F. I asked for the OEM version because I heard lately that the new MO stepping is not as good as the old one contrary to the street rumor on Q6600.

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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