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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
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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Asrock BIOS Tweaking Tools

With a budget-oriented motherboard like the Asrock Penryn 1600SLI X3-WiFi, the BIOS options are geared towards everyday use rather than overclocking. PCSTATS took the following BIOS screen shots to highlight any notable features or options, in addition to the usual collection of overclocking tools.

You can adjust the FSB from 333-500 MHz in 1 MHz increments by pressing the + key. The CPU clock multiplier can be adjusted only when Intel Speed Step is disabled. Interestingly we can overclock with the CPU and PCI Express bus speeds synchronously or asynchronously linked.

Asrock gives you quite a few memory timing options, if you're good at tweaking you're definitely going to be spending some time in the Memory Timings menu.

There are some Voltage controls in this section, but for this class of board you're better off just leaving things at default as many of the controls are just "normal, high, or highest" there isn't a lot of precision. The signal strength of the Wifi adaptor can be boosted if you are in a location with a lot of interference, or disabled completely for security reasons. The nVidia SLI memory options are located here too.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Asrock Penryn1600 SLIX3-WiFi motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this nVidia nForce 680i SLI based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
test system reference systems
processor: intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (LGA775) Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775)
Clock Speed: 8 x 333 = 2.66 GHz 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz
Motherboard: ASrock Penryn1600 SLIX3-WiFi (nforce 680i SLI)

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 Express)
Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 Express)
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 Express)
Foxconn MARS (P35 Express)
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i)
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150)
Foxconn DigitaLife X38A (X38 Express)
Asus P5NT Deluxe (NF 780i)
MSI X48 Platinum (X48 Express)

Videocard: MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E
Memory: Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF (DDR2)

Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF (DDR2)

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad
Heatsink: Intel E6750 Reference Cooler
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit)
nVIDIA nforce 9.64
nVIDIA Forceware 169.25


SYSMark 2007
SiSoft Sandra XII
Super Pi Mod 1.5
PCMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage
Quake 4

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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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