Asrock Penryn1600SLIX3-WiFi S775 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S775 by massman @ 2008-07-14

In their known style, Asrock re-invented the 680i platform by creating the only official 45nm and 3-Way SLI supporting 680i motherboard. Let´s see how this relatively cheap motherboard performs against the newer 750i platform.

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Test setup and methodology

Test setup

Intel Test Setup

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  • Intel Core 2 E6300
  • Intel Core 2 E8500 (from Madshrimps (c))
  • Cooling Stock Aluminum Intel Heatsink
  • Asrock Penryn1600SLIX3-WiFi
  • MSI P7N SLI Platinum
  • Memory 2 * 512Mb PC5400 Corsair
  • Leadtek 9600GT (2)
  • Tagan 480W PSU
  • Western Digital 320Gb SATA HDD
  • Windows XP SP3 Dutch

  • Methodology

    To compare all motherboards, we used the following benchmarks:

  • 3DMark01
  • 3DMark03
  • 3DMark05
  • 3DMark06
  • Aquamark
  • Cinebench 10
  • Lavalys Everest: Memory latency
  • SuperPi 1M
  • Trackmania Nations

    Methodology: test settings

    We used two different test settings:

    - E6300 @ 266x7; Memory @ 400 5-5-5-15
    - E8500 @ 333x9.5; Memory @ 400 5-5-5-15

    As you can see, we ran the all tests with both E6300 and E8500 cpu, however, we only ran the SLI tests in combination with an E8500 as the E6300 at stock speeds did not allow our setup to scale with SLI. Apparently an 1,8GHz clocked C2D isn't enough to feed two middle-end graphics cards. When we tested the configuration at 450x7, which is around 3150MHz, we saw SLI scaling again.

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