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ASrock Penryn 1600SLI X3-WiFi nForce 680i SLI Motherboard Review

ASrock Penryn 1600SLI X3-WiFi nForce 680i SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Penryn1600SLI X3-WiF motherboard is built on nVidia's nForce 680i SLI chipset, and as you may have guessed this platform supports Intel 'penryn' quad core, 45nm 'yorkfield' and dual core 'wolfdale' processors.
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Maximum Overclocking Results & Conclusions

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 Intel Motherboard Overclocking Results
Motherboards Max FSB
(MHz)
Ranking
Biostar TPower I45 (Intel P45 Express/DDR2) 575
Asus Maximus Extreme (Intel X38 Express/DDR3)* 545
Foxconn MARS (Intel P35 Express) 535
Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (Intel X38 Express) 525
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4 (Intel P35 Express) 515
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (Intel P35 Express/DDR3)*

512

MSI P35 Platinum (Intel P35 Express) 504
Biostar TP35D2-A7 (Intel P35 Express) 483
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (Intel P35 Express) 482
MSI P6N Diamond (nVIDIA nForce 680i SLI) 478
Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 472
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (nVIDIA nForce 680i SLI) 450
MSI P6N SLI Platinum (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 435
Abit AB9 Pro (Intel P965 Express) 420
Asus P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP (Intel P965 Express) 420
ECS NF650iSLIT-A (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 412
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (nVIDIA nForce 590i SLI) 410
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (Intel P965 Express) 406
Asus P5B-E (Intel P965 Express) 406
Asrock Penryn1600SLIX3 Wifi (NF 680i SLI) 400
Asus P5W64 WS Professional (Intel 975X Express) 400
Abit AW9D-MAX (Intel 975X Express) 385
MSI P965 Platinum (Intel P965 Express) 375
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (Intel 975X Express) 368
MSI 975X Platinum (Intel 975X Express) 360
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (Intel P965 Express) 352
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (Intel P965 Express) 352
ECS PN1 SLI2 (nVIDIA nForce 590i SLI) 350
Epox EP-5P945 Pro (Intel 945 Express) 350
Biostar Tforce P965 Deluxe (Intel P965 Express) 341
Biostar P4M890-M7 (VIA P4M890) 336
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (Intel G965 Express) 333
Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 (Intel 945PL Express) 255
Typical Test System Specifications: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4 GHz) or E6750 (2.67 GHz), 2GB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4DF DDR2 Memory, MSI NX7800GTX-T2D256E. Please see individual reviews for more specific test details. * - Tested with Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.67 GHz) and 2GB Corsair Twin3X2048-1800C7D DDR3 memory.
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

PCSTATS was able to overclock the Asrock Penryn1600 SLIX3-WiFi motherboard to a moderate 400MHz FSB.

Conclusions: Well Rounded and Features-a-Plenty

As we've witnessed in the benchmarks, although the nvidia nForce 680i SLI is getting a little long in the tooth the Asrock Penryn1600 SLIX3-WiFi is a good budget friendly platform with a lot of features under its belt.

Unfortunately, a 1600MHz FSB quad-core processor was unavailable at the time of this review, so we were unable to test this claim by the manufacturer.

If you prefer to go the cheap and cheerful route with computer gear, there's no mistaking the volume of features integrated into this motherboard are persuasive. It's hard to argue with a $125 price point, but Asrock manage to sweeten the deal by offering an integrated 802.11G wireless adaptor too. Along with the collection of features is nVIDIA's nForce 680i SLI chipset, and the option of running videocards in two or three-way SLI.

The benchmark results were good but not inspiring, so while the ASrock Penryn1600 SLIX3-WiFi is no race horse it isn't a mule either. Slap in a pair of SLI'd nVidia videocards and you'll see the benefit in 3D gaming environments. For those of you who haven't yet jumped on the ATI Crossfire bandwagon, the nVidia nForce 680i is the kind of platform you'll need to realize those multi-videocard day dreams. With a retail price of $125 CDN ($125 US, £65 GBP) the Asrock Penryn1600 SLIX3-WiFi motherboard is an economical foundation of a mid-level gaming platform, or just a well rounded workstation.

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Contents of Article: ASrock Penryn 1600SLI X3-WiFi
 Pg 1.  ASrock Penryn 1600SLI X3-WiFi nForce 680i SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  The Good / The Bad?
 Pg 3.  Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 4.  nVIDIA nForce 680i Chipset & Overclocking
 Pg 5.  Asrock BIOS Tweaking Tools
 Pg 6.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2007
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sandra XII 2008
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06, SuperPi
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 11.  — Maximum Overclocking Results & Conclusions

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