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ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2

"Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 is a feature packed Socket 939 motherboard and tested against Gigabyte K8NS Pro which is Socket 754. We tested the boards using a selection of games:- Quake 3, Quake 4, 1944 Battle of the Bulge, Area 51, Trackmania Sunrise, UT2004 and Xpand Rally."

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD ATHLON64 3000
AMD ATHLON64 2800
VIDEO CARD MSI GEFORCE 6600 GT
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v81.95
MOTHERBOARD ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA 2
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO
MOTHERBOARD DRIVER ULI INTEGRATED DRIVER v2.10
NVIDIA NFORCE DRIVER v5.11
MEMORY 2 x 512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0c

QUAKE 3

1024x768

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL CHANNEL)360
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE CHANNEL)343
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO330

1280x1024

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL CHANNEL)337
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE CHANNEL)325
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO317

1600x1200

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL CHANNEL)292
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE CHANNEL)287
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO287

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL)
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE)
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Four.dm68 Benchmark
32Bit Colour Depth
Texture Compress Disabled
Lightmap Lighting
High Geometric Detail
Full Texture Detail
Trilinear Texture Filtering

COMMENT "The Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 puts in a good performance against Gigabyte K8NS Pro and when using dual channel memory it is 2% to 9% faster. When using single channel memory the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 is 3% to 4% faster than Gigabyte K8NS Pro."


QUAKE 4

LOW QUALITY

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL)100
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE)95

HIGH QUALITY

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL)95
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE)88

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL)
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE)

COMMENT "Quake 4 arrived too late to be used with Gigabyte K8NS Pro so only single and dual channel memory results for the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 have been included. When using low quality settings dual channel memory increased Quake 4 performance by 5% and when using high quality settings dual channel increased performance by 8%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

Fullscreen Enabled
Vertical Sync Disabled

LOW QUALITY

Bump Maps Disabled
Shadows Disabled
Special Effects Disabled
Specular Disabled
Antialiasing Disabled

HIGH QUALITY

Bump Maps Enabled
Shadows Enabled
Special Effects Enabled
Specular Enabled
Anti-aliasing Disabled

GAME BENCHMARKS

1944 BATTLE OF THE BULGE

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL CHANNEL)142
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE CHANNEL)132
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO136

AREA 51

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL CHANNEL)75
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE CHANNEL)74
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO73

TRACKMANIA SUNRISE

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL CHANNEL)181
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE CHANNEL)173
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO171

UT 2004

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL CHANNEL)131
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE CHANNEL)126
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO122

XPAND RALLY

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL CHANNEL)67
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE CHANNEL)64
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO61

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL)
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE)
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO

COMMENT "The Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 has a good start when it outperformed Gigabyte K8NS Pro by 8% when using dual channel memory, however Gigabyte K8NS Pro outperforms the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 by 3% when using single channel memory. Area51 result should be considered a draw because the two motherboards offer similar performance. Trackmania Sunrise is good result for the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 and it finishes between 2% to 6% faster than Gigabyte K8NS Pro. Unreal Tournament 2004 is another good result for the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 and it finishes 4% to 7% faster than Gigabyte K8NS Pro. Xpand Rally continues the good results for the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 and it finishes 5% to 9% faster."

FINAL RESULT

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL CHANNEL)596
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE CHANNEL)569
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO563

ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (DUAL)
ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 (SINGLE)
GIGABYTE K8NS PRO

COMMENT "The Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 when using dual channel memory is 6% faster than Gigabyte K8NS Pro and when using single channel memory the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 is still 2% faster."

CONCLUSION "The main advantages the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 has over Gigabyte K8NS Pro is it's support for dual channel memory, it has a "real" 8x AGP slot unlike most new motherboards and has a PCI Express x16 slot as well. The Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 also has all of the latest features like Sata2, PCI Express and most impressive of all is the Future CPU Slot which will allow you to use future processors like AMD M2 etc. We found the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 to be easy to install and problem free, it's performance is very good and it's stability is excellent. If your thinking of upgrading then the Asrock 939 Dual Sata2 is ideal especially if you own an AGP card!"

ULTIMATEHARDWARE.NET AWARD THE ASROCK 939 DUAL SATA2 8/10

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