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Review: ASRock X79 Extreme 4 LGA2011 motherboard

by Tarinder Sandhu on 23 January 2012, 09:03 4.5

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Testing methodoloy

Comparison systems

Motherboard ASRock Extreme 4 X79 ASUS Sabertooth X79 TUF Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3P ASUS Crosshair V Formula ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
Motherboard BIOS 1.60 0802 F4 1053 1102
Processor Intel Core i7 3930K Intel Core i5 2500K AMD FX 8150 AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
Memory G.Skill 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3
Memory timings 9-9-9-24-2T @ 1,600MHz
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB
Graphics driver Catalyst 11.5
Disk drive Corsair V128 SSD
Optical drive Sony AD-7263S
Chassis Corsair Obsidian Series 700D
Power supply Corsair HX1000W
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

CPU and memory benchmarks

Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
wPrime 2.0.4 Another number-crunching benchmark that stresses all available CPU cores/threads
CINEBENCH 11.5 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
7zip 9.20 We use the built-in benchmark in this open-source file-compression utility
TrueCrypt 7.0a An encryption/decryption benchmark that's partial to AES acceleration

GPU benchmarks

StarCraft II DX9, 1,680x1,050 medium quality.
Call of Duty: Black Ops DX9, 1,680x1,050, 4xAA, high quality
3DMark Vantage b1.2 Run at the default performance preset

General benchmarks

Storage performance USB 2.0/3.0 read speed, SSD average read speed
Power consumption While idling and when running wPrime


We've compared the ASRock directly against the ASUS Sabertooth X79. Putting the numbers in context are three other boards with different core logics and CPUs.