A few weeks back, we had the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the ASRock N7AD-SLI motherboard. Specifically, we looked at a feature that was available on the board called Instant Boot. We were pretty impressed with the feature, and at the time had no issues installing Windows and getting the board ready for use. We told you that we would be doing a full review on the board, and that is what we intend to do today.
ASRock has always had the ability to bring boards to the market that were very good performers and were priced lower than many other boards in the same class. They have also given extra attention to older chipsets and not abandoned them as they developed the newer boards based on newer chipsets. Many other companies can almost leave you high and dry once they get started on the new cycle of boards that launch with new chipsets. ASRock has not done this though, and they should be commended for that.
The N7AD-SLI board is a board that is based on the NVIDIA nForce 740 SLI chipset. This is not a flagship board by any means. It is a budget board that will allow you to run SLI, which will give an upgrade path to those that may add a second video card later on.
So, what kind of performance will we get from this board? That is what we intend to find out as we put the ASRock N7AD-SLI motherboard through our testing suite.
First, let’s take a look at the specs…