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ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 Geforce 6100 Motherboard Review

ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 Geforce 6100 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 is a microATX form factor motherboard that is well suited for compact mini-tower desktop computer chassis.
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External Mfg. Website: ASRock Jan 04 2006   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking and BIOS Options

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 200 MHz

207 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

One thing users have to remember is that the GeForce 6100-based motherboards are designed for the entry level market. If you're looking for an overclocking monster, spend a bit more and go with an nForce4 powered solution. We'll still do a little overclocking with this motherboard, just to underscore that point. ;-)

Despite being targeted towards the entry level market, the ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 had a few overclocking options. Before overclocking commenced, the processor multiplier was set to 4x and memory frequency set to run at 133 MHz mode. This way neither the processor nor memory would hold the motherboard back.

Starting at 200 MHz, the motherboard clock speed was increased in 2-3 MHz intervals. Unfortunately the ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 did not go very far and the motherboard would not post when the motherboard was set to 208 MHz or faster. The limited voltage options and tweaking the HyperTransport connections did not allow the board to overclock any higher. In any case considering the intended market for this motherboard the lack of overclocking features will definitely not hold the ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 back.

What the 939NF4G-SATA2 BIOS Offers

The ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 BIOS has all the normal memory timing adjustments we're used to in an AMD platform.

In the Advanced menu are the CPU and memory timing controls. Most of us are familiar with CAS Latency and the effect it can have on system zippiness if the right type of memory is installed. Unless you're an advanced user, leave the TRCD, TRAS, TRP, and MA Timing values alone. As with CAS latency timings, memory timing option depend greatly on the type of memory that is installed.

Memory voltage controls are less precise, with actual values simply represented by; auto, ultra-high, high, normal... and so forth.


ASRock allows the CPU clock speed on the 939NF4G-SATA2 motherboard to be adjusted between 140MHz and 300MHz in 1 MHz increments, and the PCI Express frequency between 70MHz and 150MHz in 1MHz increments. Processor voltage can be adjusted from 0.800V to 1.550V. The CPU multiplier ranges from x8 to x25, and can be dropped down from the default value if an Athlon64 FX is installed (else, this option is locked in the CPU).

The CPU-to-Northbridge Link speed/width (200-1000MHz, 8 or16-bit) can be adjusted here along with the Northbridge-to-Southbridge speed (200-800MHz), but these are best left alone.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Geforce 6100 based motherboard is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configuations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

AMD Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Motherboards: ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 (GF6100)

Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890)
MSI RS480M2-IL (RS480)
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 (ULi M1695)
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra)
DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR (NF4 SLI)
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI)
ECS KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI)
Foxconn WinFast 6150K8MA-8EKRS (GF6150)
Gigabyte GV-K8N51PVMT-9 (GF6150)
Asus A8N-VM CSM (GF6150)

Videocard:

NX7800GTX-VT2D256E

Memory:

2x 512MB OCZ PC3500 GX

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

WindowsXP
Forceware 6.70
Forceware 81.95

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004 & Content Creation 2004
Winstone 99
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark04 & PCMark05
3DMark2001SE & 3DMark05
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003 & UT2004
Doom 3

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Contents of Article: ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2
 Pg 1.  ASRock 939NF4G-SATA2 Geforce 6100 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  MicroATX Motherboard Layout
 Pg 3.  nVidia GeForce 6100 Chipset Details
 Pg 4.  nVIDIA PureVideo
 Pg 5.  — Overclocking and BIOS Options
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark 05
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 13.  Benchmarks: Doom 3 and conclusion

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