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Wednesday, 08 September 2010 11:58

MSI and ASRock 890GX tested - 3 ASRock 890GX Extreme 3

Written by Eliot Kucharik

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Review: Upgraded 785G with 6Gbps SATA support



Features:
AMD 790GXM/SB850
4+1-phase VRM (dual lane design)
ST Microelectronics L6717 VRM controller

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Realtek RTL8111E PCIe Gb LAN controller

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VIA VT6315N firewire PCIe controller

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VIA VT2020 7.1 audio codec

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ICS 9LPRS477CKL clock generator
Debug diagnostic LED
passive cooling of chipset/VRM
8Mb BIOS, version: 2.40
Mainboard Revision: 1.0

Slots:
2x PCIe 2.0 x16 (at x8 mode when using two Graphics-cards)
1x PCIe x16 @ x4
1x PCIe
2x PCI

Memory:
4x Dual-Channel DDR3-slots for PC3-10667U memory up to 16GB


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Storage:
6-Port SATA II featuring RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1, JBOD


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Backpanel ports:
1x Gb LAN
2x USB 3.0
4x USB 2.0
1x eSATA
1x Firewire
7.1 analog audio
1x optical audio out

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Accessories:
4x SATA cable with clips
1x HDD-power to SATA-power cable
1x SATA to eSATA bracket


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+6 #1 BernardP 2010-09-08 13:34
Nice review, Eliot,

There have been reports that the latest AMD chipset (SB 850) is unable to deliver the promised SATA 6Gbps bandwidth and is still performing at SATA II level. Have you been able to check for this?

A more general comment: I find the benchmark graphs in Fudzilla's reviews hard to read: each item description should appear next to its line, not underneath the graph; results should be grouped for each board and in the same order in each graph.
 
 
0 #2 eliot 2010-09-09 09:32
Quoting BernardP:
Nice review, Eliot,


thx a lot :-)

Quoting BernardP:
There have been reports that the latest AMD chipset (SB 850) is unable to deliver the promised SATA 6Gbps bandwidth and is still performing at SATA II level. Have you been able to check for this?


I don't have a 6Gbps drive yet, the latest SSD I test right now has issues, but only with write speeds. The read speeds are only minimal off compared to a P55. I'm in contact with the manufacture to sort things out.

Quoting BernardP:
A more general comment: I find the benchmark graphs in Fudzilla's reviews hard to read: each item description should appear next to its line, not underneath the graph; results should be grouped for each board and in the same order in each graph.


That is a matter of personal taste. The colors are grouped by manufacturer. CPUs are always in the same order on both boards :) Due to time constraints I'll rework them sometime in the future, meanwhile I have to stick with it. Besides, the benches are not really important nowadways as the performance is always inside of 2% of each other.

best,

Eliot
 

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