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ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX

"ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX review testing the new feature packed ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX. This motherboard is Socket 754 but can also use the Socket 939 when used with the Asrock 939 CPU Card. It has all of the latest features such as Sata, Lan etc and includes the DX 8.1 Mirage2 integrated graphics."
ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX

Today we are looking at the new feature packed ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX. This motherboard is not only compatible with Socket 754 processors but can also use the very latest Socket 939 processors when used with the ASRock 939 CPU Card, this makes this motherboard very future proof. It has all of the latest features such as Sata, Lan etc and also includes the DirectX 8.1 supported Mirage2 integrated graphics.

Socket 754 for AMD 64-bit Athlon 64 and 32-bit Sempron processor
SiS760GX chipset
For 64-bit AMD Athlon 64 and 32-bit Sempron processor
SiS760GX Chipset, Hyper-Transport Technology
AMD Cool'n'Quiet Technology
ASRock Future CPU Port: Socket939 upgrade interface for ASRock 939CPU Board
Int. Mirage2 Graphics with DirectX8.1 support, AGP8X
Hybrid Booster, SerialATA 1.5Gb/s, RAID 0,1,JBOD, SATA_HDD Hotplug
USB2.0, 5.1channel Audio, 10/100 Ethernet LAN
PC cillin Anti-Virus, ASRock PC DIY
CPU Socket 754 for AMD 64-bit Athlon 64 and 32-bit Sempron processor
Supports HyperTransport Technology
Supports AMD Cool'n'Quiet Technology
Chipset Northbridge: SiS 760GX
Southbridge: SiS 964
Hybrid Booster DIMM slots: 2
Max. capacity: 2GB
Memory CPU Frequency Stepless control
CPU Multiplier
ASRock U-COP
Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G)
Expansion Slot ASRock Future CPU Port (Yellow-colored):
Flexible Socket939 upgrade interface for ASRock
939CPU Board
1x AGP8X/4X slot , 1.5V
2 x PCI slots (PCI2.3 compliance)
1 x AMR slot
Graphics Integrated Mirage2 graphics in SiS760GX chipset
supports DirectX8.1
upto 128MB shared video memory
Audio CMedia 9761 6channel AC'97 audio codec
LAN Realtek RTL8201 10/100 Ethernet LAN PHY
802.3u, WOL supported
Connector 2 x SeialATA 1.5Gb/s supports RAID,0,1,JBOD, SATA_HDD
2 x ATA 133/100/66 IDE connectors ( supports 4 x IDE devices)
1 x Floppy connector
CPU/Chassis FAN connectors
20 pin ATX power connector
4 pin ATX 12V power connector
IDE LED connector
CD/AUX audio in header
Front panel audio connector
2 x USB 2.0 port pin header
1 x Game/MIDI port pin header
1 x COM port header
Rear Panel I/O ASRock I/O Plus
6 x USB2.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN port
1 x VGA
1 x PS2 Keyboard connector
1 x PS2 Mouse connectors
1 x Parallel port (LPT1)
1 x Audio port ( Line In/Out, Mic In)
BIOS Feature 2Mb AMI BIOS with ACPI, SM BIOS 3.0, PnP
Support CD Drivers, Utilities, PC-cillin 2002 OEM, ASRock PC DIY Demo
SATA driver and utility
Accessories Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O shield
Floppy/ATA 100 cables
1 x COM port bracket
1 x SerialATA data cable
1 x SerialATA 1-to-1 power cable
Form Factor MicroATX, 244mm x 229mm
Certifications FCC, CE, MS WHQL

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD SEMPRON 3100
AMD ATHLON XP 3200
VIDEO CARD MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v66.93 WHQL
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX (1.3 BIOS)
ASROCK K7S8XE
MEMORY 2x512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0c

MIRAGE2 GRAPHICS PERFORMANCE

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ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX

COMMENT "When using the onboard video on the ASROCK K8 UPGRADE760 GX we experienced excellent display quality and performance which makes it very good for things like the Internet and Office Applications etc. However when we tried to play games even at the lowest image quality and resolution we experienced very poor performance."

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2005

PROCESSOR ALU DHRYSTONE

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX8229
ASROCK K7S8XE9010

PROCESSOR FPU WHETSTONE

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX3761
ASROCK K7S8XE3550

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX ASROCK K7S8XE

COMMENT "To help gauge cpu performance between AMD Athlon XP 3200 and AMD Sempron 3100 we have used the SiSoftware Sandra 2005 CPU test. Using the ALU Dhrystone test the Athlon XP 3200 beat the Sempron 3100 by 9% and with the FPU Whetstone test the Sempron 3100 beat the Athlon XP 3200 by 6%."

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2005

MULTI-MEDIA INTEGER

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX17108
ASROCK K7S8XE20665

MULTI-MEDIA FLOATING POINT

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX18470
ASROCK K7S8XE22065

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX ASROCK K7S8XE

COMMENT "Using the SiSoftware Sandra 2005 Multi-Media test the Athlon XP 3200 wins both tests beating the Sempron 3100 by 18%."

SISOFTWARE SANDRA 2005

MEMORY BANDWIDTH INTEGER

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX2692
ASROCK K7S8XE2731

MEMORY BANDWIDTH FLOATING POINT

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX2693
ASROCK K7S8XE2552

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX ASROCK K7S8XE

COMMENT "Using the SiSoftware Sandra 2005 Memory Bandwidth test the performance between the ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX and the ASROCK K7S8XE is very close. However the ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX did score one victory which was for the Floating Point Memory Bandwidth test which it won by 6%."

3DMARK BENCHMARKS

3DMARK 2001 SE

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX14483
ASROCK K7S8XE13809

3DMARK 2003

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX5128
ASROCK K7S8XE5050

3DMARK 2005

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX1005
ASROCK K7S8XE1001

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX ASROCK K7S8XE

COMMENT "As expected there is not a huge difference when using 3DMark which test 3D performance more than general performance. 3DMark 2001 showed the biggest difference which I think has more to do with the memory controller on the Sempron processor rather than the motherboard."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

3DMARK 2001 SE

1024x768 Resolution
32Bit color
D3D Hardware T&L
Antialiasing Disabled
Double Frame Buffer
Compressed Texture Format
24Bit Z-Buffer Depth

3DMARK 2003

1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

3DMARK 2005

1024x768 Resolution
No Anti-Aliasing
Optimal Filtering
HLSL VS Target 2_0
HLSL PS Target 2_0
No Fixed Framerate

GAMES PERFORMANCE

COMANCHE4

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX55
ASROCK K7S8XE54

DOOM 3

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX64
ASROCK K7S8XE64

FARCRY

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX79
ASROCK K7S8XE74

HALF LIFE 2

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX82
ASROCK K7S8XE76

QUAKE 3

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX288
ASROCK K7S8XE279

WARHAMMER 40K DAWN OF WAR

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX59
ASROCK K7S8XE54

XPAND RALLY

ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX63
ASROCK K7S8XE63

X2 THE THREAT

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ASROCK K7S8XE89

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COMMENT "I was suprised by how close the game performance result was, the biggest difference in performance was with Quake 3 which showed an increase of 9fps. The powerful AMD Athlon XP 3200 processor really helps the ASROCK K7S8XE with game performance."

CONCLUSION "The ASROCK K8 UPGRADE 760 GX delivered good performance, the onboard video is a good idea for people who just want a computer for office applications etc. However when used with games the onboard video was inadequate and a real graphics card is required. We did experience some problems with memory incompatibility although we are sure these problems with be fixed."

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