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Written by Bruce Normann - Edited by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+ Motherboard
ASRock AMD 790 Features
AOD790GX/128M Specifications
Closer Look: AOD790GX/128M
AMD 790GX Detailed Features
AOD790GX/128M Component Layout
AOD790GX/128M BIOS
Motherboard Testing Methodology
3DMark06 Benchmarks
PCMark05 Benchmarks
CINEBENCH Release 10 Tests
Crysis Benchmark Results
EVEREST Benchmark Results
AOD790GX/128M Power Consumption
ASRock Final Thoughts
ASRock AOD790GX/128M Conclusion

Testing Methodology

At the start of all tests, the HDD (or SSD) is loaded with a fresh image of the OS, with standard VGA drivers. Then chipset drivers are loaded and any other drivers needed for the support hardware. Then a known good version of the video card drivers is installed, and all necessary security updates are installed. Finally, all the benchmarking applications are installed, and that's it. This is not your Father's PC, it doesn't need Word, Excel and PowerPoint... Once the hardware is prepared and checked for stability, we begin our testing. With higher-end products we conduct tests at the following resolutions: 1280x1024 (19" Standard LCD), 1680x1050 (22-24" Widescreen LCD), and 1920x1200 (24-28" Widescreen LCD). In the high resolution tests we utilized widescreen monitor resolutions, since more users are beginning to feature these products for their own computing.

Each benchmark test program begins after a system restart, and the very first result for every test will be ignored since it often only caches the test. This process is extremely important in the Crysis benchmarks, as the first run serves to cache maps, allowing subsequent tests to perform much better than the first. Each test is completed five times, with the average results displayed in our article.

Our site polls and statistics indicate that the over 90% of our visitors use their PC for playing video games, and practically every one of you are using a screen resolutions mentioned above. Since all of the benchmarks we use for testing represent different game engine technology and graphic rendering processes, I feel that this battery of tests will provide a diverse range of results for you to gauge performance on your own computer system. Since most gamers and enthusiasts are still using Windows XP, it was decided that DirectX 9 would be used for all tests until demand and software support improve for Windows Vista.

Although the ASRock AOD790GX/128M has an integrated graphics processor, and can run in Hybrid CrossfireX mode with selected (read low-end) video cards and operating systems, this feature is irrelevant to enthusiasts or gaming users. Thus, we didn't bother running any of these demanding benchmarks with the Radeon 3300 IGP in use.

Test System 1

  • Motherboard: ASRock AOD790GX/128M
  • System Memory: 2X 1GB OCZ Reaper HPC DDR2 1150MHz (5-5-5-15)
  • Processor: AMD Phenom II 720 Black Edition (Overclocked to 3.8 GHz)
  • CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper Z600
  • Audio: On-Board ALC890 Audio Codec
  • Video: ASUS EAH4850 TOP 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E 2.0
  • Drive 1: OCZ Core v2 SSD, 30GB
  • Optical Drive: Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7190A-OB 20X IDE DVD Burner
  • Enclosure: SiverStone Fortress FT01BW ATX Case
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-750TX ATX12V V2.2 750Watt
  • Monitor: SOYO 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor (DYLM24E6) 1920X1200
  • Operating System: Windows XP SP3

Test System 2

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Rev 1.1
  • System Memory: 4X 1GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 800MHz (4-4-4-12)
  • Processor: Intel E7300 Core2 Duo 2.66GHz (Overclocked to 3.8 GHz)
  • CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 RR-CCH-LB12-GP
  • Video: ASUS EAH4850 TOP 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E 2.0
  • Drive 1: OCZ Core v2 SSD, 30GB (OS and Programs)
  • Drive 2: Seagate ST3750330AS 750GB 7200.11 (Cache and Data)

Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark06 v1.1.0 (8x Anti Aliasing & 16x Anisotropic Filtering)
  • PCMark05 v1.2.0 System Test Suite for Windows XP
  • Crysis v1.21 Benchmark (High Settings, 4X and No Anti Aliasing)
  • Devil May Cry 4 Benchmark Demo (Ultra Quality, 8x MSAA)
  • CINEBENCH Release 10
  • EVEREST Ultimate Edition v4.60.1594 Beta

Support Equipment

  • P3 International Kill A Watt EZ (model P4460)



 

Comments 

 
# 790 GX chipset MBpawan 2010-08-08 10:09
790 GX chipset with ATI radeon HD 3300 IGP is even today a very good.
Unlike the reports in this review, this mobo can handle most of the current games at decent playable frame rates with great ease. Any one has clarifications can approach me to clear his/her doubts.
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# Wrong.Olin Coles 2010-08-08 13:46
You are absolutely wrong, pawan. The ATI Radeon HD 3300 IGP will not play "most" current games "at decent playable frame rates with great ease". This mobile graphics chip is not capable of any DirectX-11 games, which is what qualifies as current these days, and it struggles with DX10 extensions. Even on the games it will play, you must turn the settings all the way down and play at reduced resolutions.

The ATI radeon HD 3300 IGP is not intended for modern 3D games, and it's best used for low-impact 3D applications.
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# Examples, PleaseBruceBruce 2010-08-08 10:34
Can you provide some benchmarks with the HD 3300 IGP and the current games you mention?
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