ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI Motherboard ReviewMon, Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 AM
The Tests: Overall System Performance and Memory Bandwidth
PCMark05 is an application-based benchmark and a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance. It uses portions of real applications instead of including very large applications or using specifically created code. This allows PCMark05 to be a smaller installation as well as to report very accurate results.
Right out of the gate, PCMark shows us that thought the ASRock board is a budget board, that does not have to mean that it under-performs. The ASRock board does very well as it bests the ECS in this bench. outperforming in the area of PCMark.
Everest Version 2.20:
Everst 2.20 is a professional system information, diagnostics and benchmarking program for Win32 platforms. It extracts details of all components of the PC. It also tests the actual read and write speeds of your memory giving a fairly accurate look of true memory performance.
Sisoft; Sandra 2005 SR3a:
Sisoft Sandra 2005 is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are, again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Higher numbers represent better performance in memory bandwidth. The chart was based off of the unbuffered bandwidth scores.
ScienceMark 2.0 Final:
Science Mark 2.0 is an attempt to put the truth behind benchmarking. In an attempt to model real world demands and performance, ScienceMark 2.0 is a suite of high-performance benchmarks that realistically stress system performance without architectural bias. All of our testing was completed on the 32 Bit Final benchmark version that is dated March 21st 2005.
The memory bandwidth testing gives us some mixed results. The ASRock board stays right with the ECS in Everest and ScienceMark, but the story is different in Sandra. Overall, I think we could safely say that this is too close to call, as both board show pretty standard performance for AMD boards at stock settings.
Super PI Mod v1.5:
Super PI is a program a lot of enthusiasts use to benchmark overall system performance, as the program is capable of calculating pi up to 33.55 million digits on a timer. Many overclockers and enthusiasts are in a battle to get the lowest Super Pi times possible. We use the 2MB test this time, as it demands quite a bit more stability than a 1MB test. Of course, most believe using the 32MB test is a must to prove stability.
Same thing in SuperPi. Pretty much no difference here at all.
Let’s move on to gaming!