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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: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat, UT2003

Comanche 4 Source: Novalogic

The Comanche 4 benchmark demo is a unique test as it represents a real-world gaming experience. It contains the single player "Eagle's Talon" mission from the game as well as a detailed cinematic. This DirectX 8.1 benchmark demo will measure your system's performance in the standard frames per second format. The benchmark was run with audio disabled.

Comanche 4 - 640x480
Motherboard FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 79.6
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 78.96
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 79.51
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 80.54
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 73.01
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 66.16

The ASrock motherboard comes in last again here. The single channel Athlon64 3200+ is able to keep up here pretty well.

X2: The Threat Source: Egosoft

A completely rewritten 3D engine based on DirectX8 encompasses many visual effects such as volumetric Nebulae (gas clouds) that have a real impact in the game (you can hide in them) and many new engine, shield, weapon and explosion effects. Objects cast real dynamic 3D shadows! Dynamic DP3 bump mapping allows a previously unseen level of detail.

X2 The Threat - 640x480
Motherboard FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 192.69
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 203.556
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 198.56
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 197.482
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 187.783
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 170.787

Winbench 99 reported that ALi's graphic subsystem was a bit weaker than both VIA and nVIDIA and it looks like X2: The Threat agrees. Hopefully with subsequent driver updates, the ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR can catch up to the competition.

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 - 640x480
Flyby: FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 352.42
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 343.52
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 346.19
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 357.077
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 342.59
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ 293.32
Botmatch FPS Ranking
MSI K8T Neo2-FIR (K8T800 PRO 200/400) 111.71
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 108.12
Epox 9NDA3+ (NF3 Ultra 200/400) 109.58
Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 (NF4 Ultra 200/400) 112.15
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 4000+ Socket 939 107.93
ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR (Ali M1689 200/400) A64 3200+ Socket 754 92.34

The ASRock K8 Combo-Z/ASR brings up the rear in UT2003, but its scores are very respectable and framerates are still high. Pretty remarkable that such a low end motherboard is able to keep up with the cream of the Athlon64 chipset crop.

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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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