ASRock 775Dual-VSTA Motherboard Review

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Test System

Intel Test System:

Intel Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

Motherboard

Intel D975XBX v304

Video Card

XFX 7900GTX XXX

Memory

2GB SuperTalent DRR2-800

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 74GB

Cooling

Thermaltake Big Typhoon

Power Supply

OCZ PowerStream 600W

Operating System

Windows XP Professional

ASRock Test System:

ASRock DDR2 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

Motherboard

Asrock 775Dual-VSTA

Video Card

XFX 7900GTX XXX

Memory

2GB SuperTalent DRR2-800

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 74GB

Cooling

Thermaltake Big Typhoon

Power Supply

OCZ PowerStream 600W

Operating System

Windows XP Professional

ASRock Test System:

ASRock DDR1 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600

Motherboard

Asrock 775Dual-VSTA

Video Card

XFX 7900GTX XXX

Memory

2GB Crucial PC-4000

Hard Drive

Western Digital Raptor 74GB

Cooling

Thermaltake Big Typhoon

Power Supply

OCZ PowerStream 600W

Operating System

Windows XP Professional

Since there are several different RAM dividers on the ASRock board we decided to test DDR1-400MHz, DDR2-533, and DDR2-667. For DDR 400MHz we used timings of 3-3-3-8 which the motherboard automatically set for our Ballistix memory. For DDR2 testing we used 4-4-4-12 as this is a specification that most DDR-533 and DDR-667 kits can handle.

Our use of a 7900GTX may seem strange at first but will show exactly what performance differences there are between the 4x PCI-E slot of the ASRock board and the 16x of the Intel Bad Axe. I believe this gives you the reader a better indication of future performance, rather than using a lower end video card that may not be able to take advantage of the full speed PCI-E slot.

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