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ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR Motherboard Review

ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Based on the ALi M1689 chipset, the K8 Combo-Z/ASR can be used with both Socket 754 and Socket 939 Athlon64 CPUs.
 79% Rating:   
Filed under: Motherboards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: ASRock Dec 07 2004   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3

Unreal Tournament 2004

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard if you plan to play competitively.

UT2004
dm-rankin Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 120.18
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 122.41
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 121.22
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 129.66
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 109.64
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 93.44
as-convoy Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 76.82
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 74.55
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 73.45
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 87.22
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 70.34
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 59.98
ctf-bridgeoffate Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 163.97
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 158.11
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 158.15
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 181.18
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 150.44
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 128.84

UT2004 is a bit harder on the ASRock motherboard and it comes in last by quite a bit in both the dm-rankin and ctf-bridgeoffate tests.

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced game to date. it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom3 - LQ 640x480
Motherboards FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 108.7
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 110
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 107.4
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 114
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 102.7
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 87.5

Doom3 framerates are very good for all boards. Considering that the actual game is locked at 60fps you're going to be very happy with the ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR's performance if you're a budget gamer!

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Contents of Article: ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR
 Pg 1.  ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Twin CPU's
 Pg 3.  ALi M1689 chipset
 Pg 4.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2004, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, AquaMark03
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 10.  — Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Maximum Motherboard Overclock and Conclusion

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