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ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2/A/ASR i945PL Motherboard Review

ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2/A/ASR i945PL Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: ASRock (a division of ASUS) is one of the better known, having made made a mark for itself by serving up inexpensive motherboards with basic amenities and good build quality.
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External Mfg. Website: ASrock Jun 27 2006   Colin Sun  
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Overclocking and BIOS Options

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

232 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

Overclocking the ASRock 775XFire-ESATA2/A/ASR motherboard is an interesting proposition since ASRock is not known for its overclocking capabilities. Starting at 200 MHz, the FSB was increased in small 5 MHz intervals.

At 217 MHz the 775XFire-ESATA2 motherboard seemed to be a bit flaky, yet increasing the VDDQ (NB, SB) voltage from Low to High solved that issue. Continuing upwards, the 775XFire-ESATA2 motherboard maxed out at 232 MHz; anything higher and the system was unstable. System memory was not the issue since it has been tested up higher as has the processor.

It is not the greatest overclock we have seen, but considering that this ASRock motherboard is aimed at the budget market it's not a bad result either. One thing should be clear, if you're looking for overclocking stick with the enthusiast class motherboards, though they will cost a lot more.

What the 775XFire-ESATA2/A/ASR BIOS Offers

In the CPU Configuration section users can adjust the Asrock 775XFire-ESATA2 motherboard FSB between 100-300 MHz in 1 MHz increments.

The real fun is in the Chipset Settings menu. Here users can adjust the memory frequency between DDR2 400 or DDR2 533 as well as adjust the memory timings. In the Chipset Settings menu are also the memory and NB/SB voltage adjustments although ASRock do not list numeric values. The BIOS just lists 'Low,' 'Middle' and 'Hi' options.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the ASRock 775XFire-ESATA2/A/ASR 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 Intel 945PL 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 Configurations
Test System Reference System
Processor:

Intel Pentium D 840

Clock Speed:

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz

Motherboards:

ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2 (945PL)

Foxconn 955X7AA-8EKRS2 (955X)
Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 (945P)
Gigabyte GA-8N-SLI Royal (NF4-SLI)
MSI P4N Diamond (NF4 SLI)
AOpen i945Ga-PHS (945G)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory:

1GB (2x 512MB) Corsair Twin2X1024-8000UL

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Thermaltake Jungle 512
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.2.2.1006
nVIDIA Intel nForce4 7.15
ATI Catalyst 6.1

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark04
3DMark2001SE
3DMark05
AquaMark3
Comanche 4
X2: The Threat
UT2003
UT2004
Doom 3

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Contents of Article: ASrock 775XFire-eSATA2/A/ASR
 Pg 1.  ASRock 775XFire-eSATA2/A/ASR i945PL Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ATX Motherboard Layout
 Pg 3.  eSATA2 Data Support
 Pg 4.  eSATA Hot Swapping and Intel ICH7R Chipset
 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, UT2003
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 13.  A great value motherboard?

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