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Review: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+

by Tarinder Sandhu on 28 January 2014, 15:00

Tags: AsRock

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Testing methodology

Comparison Processor Configurations

Core i3-4330
Gigabyte F2-A85X-UP4
Gigabyte Z87-D3HP
Chipset Driver
AMD Catalyst 13.12
Intel Inf and IMEI 9
DDR3 Memory
AMD Gamer Series 16GB (2x8GB)
Memory Timings
10-11-11-28-2T @ 2,133MHz
9-10-9-27-2T @ 1,866MHz
Integrated Graphics
HD 8670D
HD 4600
IGP driver
AMD Catalyst 13.30 RC3
Disk Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 250GB
Power Supply
Corsair AX760i
Operating System
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

CPU and Memory Benchmarks

Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
CineBench R15 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
wPrime 2.1.0 Another number-crunching benchmark that stresses all available CPU cores/threads

Multimedia Benchmarks

LuxMark 2.0 An OpenCL rendering benchmark
MuseMage 1.9.6 An OpenCL image-manipulation benchmark (64-bit)
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores (64-bit)

System Benchmarks

PCMark 8 v2.0 System-wide examination that uses the Home preset, run with OpenCL acceleration
3DMark DX11, run at the Firestrike default test
SiSoft Sandra 2014 Aggregate score that takes a composite of 12 system-wide benchmarks

IO Benchmarks

AS SSD Sequential read and write speeds for SATA drive
AS SSD Sequential read and write speeds for USB 3.0

Gaming Benchmarks

BioShock Infinite DX9, 1,280x720 and 1,920x1,080 medium quality
GRID 2 DX9, 1,280x720 and 1,920x1,080 high quality
Total War: Rome II DX9, 1,280x720 and 1,920x1,080 medium quality

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption While idling and when running wPrime and GRID 2


The only meaningful way of comparing the ASRock board is to pit it against a last-generation A85X represented here by Gigabyte, and both are run with a Richland-based A10-6800K in the socket. Providing wider scope and showing the performance levels when spending the same kind of money on Intel hardware, we have also included results from a Core i3-4330 and Z87 motherboard combination.