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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  
Home > Reviews > Motherboards > ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR

System Spec's and Benchmarks

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processors:

AMD Athlon64 4000+ Socket 939
AMD Athlon64 3200+ Socket 754*

Clock Speeds:

4000+: 12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz
3200+: 10 x 200 MHz = 2 GHz

Motherboards:

MSI K8T Neo2 FIR (K8T800 Pro)**
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra)**
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra)**
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra)***
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (ALi M1689)**

Videocard:

Asus X800XT/VTD**
MSI RX800XT-VTD256***

Memory:

2x 512MB Mushkin PC3200 Special Ed.

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
PowerSupply: Vantec 400B iON
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
VIA 4in1 4.53V
Forceware 4.34
Forceware 6.10 Beta
Catalyst 4.9

Workstation Benchmarks

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2004
PCMark04
3DMark2001SE
3DMark05
AquaMark3
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003
UT2004
Doom 3

*The Athlon64 3200+ processor was used only on the ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR board to test Socket 754 performance. **Using the Asus X800XT/TVD which is based on the Radeon X800XT PE GPU. ***Using the PCI Express-based MSI RX800XT-VTD256 which uses the Radeon X800XT GPU (slightly slower than the Asus card).

SYSmark 2004 Source: Bapco

SYSmark 2004 is BAPCo's latest revision of the mainstream office productivity and Internet content creation benchmark used to characterize the performance of the business client. It is based on a foundation of extensive research into emerging usage models and computing trends and incorporates the latest benchmarking methodologies to evaluate platform technologies. SYSmark 2004 contains scientifically designed workloads that represent the range of activities that an office productivity or Internet content creation work may encounter. In addition to extensive validation across multiple platforms, users can be sure of a consistent and reliable performance comparison.

SysMark 2004
Internet Overall: Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 222
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 225
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 224
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 230
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 202
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 180
3D Creation: Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 220
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 219
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 211
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 215
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 202
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 179
2D Creation: Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 244
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 268
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 269
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 276
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 246
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 216
Web Publication Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 205
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 195
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 197
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 205
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 167
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 152
Office Overall: Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 212
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 201
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 204
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 208
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 201
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 176
Communication: Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 218
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 206
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 208
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 217
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 210
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 191
Document Creation: Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 226
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 217
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 216
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 221
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 217
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 189
Data Analysis: Points Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 194
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 182
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 183
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 189
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 177
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 152

At stock speeds we see that the ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR motherboard is slightly slower than the other motherboards, which is not really surprising. Overall performance is decent though. Even with the much slower Socket 754 Athlon64 3200+ the ASRock motherboard does fairly well for itself.

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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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