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ASRock AM2V890-VSTA VIA K8T890 Socket AM2 Motherboard Review

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA VIA K8T890 Socket AM2 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ASRock AM2V890-VSTA Socket AM2 motherboard is the first motherboard to cross PCSTATS test bench based on the VIA K8T890 chipset.
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External Mfg. Website: Asrock Aug 16 2006   Max Page  
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Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4

X3: Reunion

Source: EGOSOFT

Extensive development has gone into the X³ engine, making full use of DirectX 9 technology, to create dramatic visual effects and stunningly realistic starships. Coupled with the massively enhanced A.L. (Artificial Life) system, X³: REUNION will present players with an ever changing, evolving universe; where a players actions really can shape the future of the universe.

X3: Reunion
1024x768: FPS Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 58.146
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 74.145
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 73.743
Biostar Tforce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 67.468
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 72.187

X3 framerate results for the ASRock AM2V890-VSTA motherboard are higher than the Biostar TForce 6100 AM2. This offers a pretty good level of comparison since the chipsets are competitive equivalents.

Doom 3 Source: id Software

Doom 3 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.

Doom 3:
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 138.4
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 172.5
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 168.9
Biostar Tforce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 165.4
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 163.5

The K8T890 ASRock motherboard is about 9 fps slower than the quickest NF 590 SLI-based motherboard in Doom3. The largest difference between all of these motherboards, will be the price they retail for.

Quake 4

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark! Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

Quake 4
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H (975X 200/667) 142.8
Foxconn C51XEM2AA (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 176.5
Asus M2N32SLI-DLX (NF 590 SLI 200/800) 161.4
Biostar Tforce 6100 AM2 (GF 6100 200/800) 157.2
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (K8T890 200/800) 161.2

In the final test of the day, the ASRock AM2V890-VSTA motherboard and its' VIA K8T890 chipset stand firm with a result of 161FPS in Quake 4. A good processor, enough memory, and a good video card make for one hell of a system as you can see. Even though the VIA K8T890 chipset is considered vintage by most standards, performance is clearly not being sacrificed. So where does all this leave us?

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Contents of Article: Asrock AM2V890-VSTA
 Pg 1.  ASRock AM2V890-VSTA VIA K8T890 Socket AM2 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ASRock Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  Socket AM2 Heatsink Specs and Retention
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the ASRock motherboard
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 9.  — Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Vintage VIA K8T890 for AM2 Worthwhile?

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