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ASRock ALIVENF7G-HDREADY/M/ASR Geforce 7050 Motherboard Review

ASRock ALIVENF7G-HDREADY/M/ASR Geforce 7050 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With onboard video care of a Geforce 7-series videocard and nVIDIA's PureVideo acceleration technology, this compact MicroATX mobo is the basis for a very versatile little rig.
 78% Rating:   
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External Mfg. Website: ASRock Aug 09 2007   Colin Sun  
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High Definition Testing and Max Overclocking Chart

Nvidia PureVideo & HD Content Playback

Source: nVidia.com

Playing high definition content on current generation PCs can bog down even the fastest processors because there is more data to handle. To test AVIVO's HD accelerating capabilities, we played the High Definition 720P Blu-Ray movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen through CyberLink PowerDVD 7.2 Ultra. CPU utilization was monitored during playback through Task Manager to give a general indication of system load. CPU used for PureVideo tests was the AMD Athlon64 FX-62.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportHigh Definition Content Playback Utilization Results
720P Resolution w/PureVideo 720P Resolution no PureVideo
According to ASRock, PureVideo especially with an integrated videocard is very heavily CPU dependant. In fact ASRock recommends an Athlon64 X2 5200+ (and min. 2GB RAM) when viewing H.264 High Definition movies. In any case CPU usage with nVIDIA PureVideo enabled generally jumped between 55-65% which is much higher than we're use to. Surprisingly when nVIDIA PureVideo is disabled, CPU usage actually goes down and hovers between 45-55%. It's possible that PureVideo does not like to share memory between the CPU and onboard videocard. In any case no matter what you run, CPU load still allows applications to run in the background while providing smooth video playback.

PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart

Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the details you need to see at a glance to know which board is best. The chart we've compiled below lists the highest overclocked Front Side Bus speeds we were able to achieve while maintaining 100% stability.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportMaximum AMD Motherboard Overclocking Results
Motherboards Points Ranking
Abit FATAL1TY AN9 32X (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 353
Epox EP-MF570 SLI (nVIDIA nForce 570 SLI) 335
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 325
DFI LANParty UT NF590 SLI-M2R/G (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 325
MSI K9N SLI Diamond (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 325
Asus M2N32 WS Professional (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 315
Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 312
ASRock AliveNF7G-HDready (GF 7050PV) 312
ECS KA3 MVP Extreme (AMD CrossFire Xpress 3200) 310
Asus M2R32-MVP (AMD CrossFire Xpress 3200) 305
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (nVIDIA nForce 570 SLI) 294
Biostar TF7050-M2 (nVIDIA GeForce 7050PV) 285
MSI K9N Diamond (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 285
Asus M2N32-SLI (nVIDIA nForce 590 SLI) 266
Epox EP-AF550G Pro (nVIDIA GeForce 6100) 250
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (nVIDIA GeForce 6150) 248
ECS AMD690GM-M2 (AMD 690G) 232
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890) 230
Biostar TA690G AM2 (AMD 690G) 223
Biostar Tforce 6100 AM2 (nVIDIA GeForce 6100) 219
Typical Test System Specifications: AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+, 2GB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4DF DDR2 Memory, MSI NX7800GTX-T2D256E. Please see individual review for more specific test details.
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

All things considered, the ASRock ALiveNF7G-HDready motherboard overclocks well for an integrated motherboard! Too bad there are no chipset voltage options...

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Contents of Article: ASRock ALIVENF7G-HDREADY/M/ASR
 Pg 1.  ASRock ALIVENF7G-HDREADY/M/ASR Geforce 7050 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  GeForce 7050 PV chipset
 Pg 3.  ASRock motherboard highlights
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the GeForce 7050PV
 Pg 5.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview, SiSoft Sandra XIb
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Doom 3, FEAR
 Pg 8.  — High Definition Testing and Max Overclocking Chart
 Pg 9.  Low cost Socket AM2 motherboard with HDCP?

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