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Review: ASRock A75M-ITX pint-sized motherboard

by Tarinder Sandhu on 26 August 2011, 06:59 4.0

Tags: AsRock

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How we test


Comparison systems

Motherboard ASRock A75M-ITX Sapphire PURE Platinum A75 ASUS F1A75-V PRO ASRock A75 Pro4 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
Motherboard BIOS 1.10 x34 0802 1.50 0651
Processor AMD A8-3850 Intel Core i3-2100
Chipset driver AMD Catalyst 11.6 Intel Inf 9.20.1030
Memory G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3
Memory timings 9-9-9-24-2T @ 1,600MHz
Graphics N/A
Disk drive Corsair V128 SSD
Optical drive Sony AD-7263S
Chassis Corsair Graphite 600T
Power supply Zalman 400W
Operating system Windows 7 Ultimate 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

Integrated GPU benchmarks

Just Cause 2 DX10, 1,280x720 low/medium quality
Call of Duty: Black Ops DX9, 1,280x720, low/medium quality
3DMark Vantage b1.2 DX10, Run at the default performance preset

General benchmarks

Storage performance USB 3.0 read/write speed via AS SSD benchmark
Power consumption While idling, running wPrime and Just Cause 2

Testing notes

We've cut-down our regular motherboard-testing suite for this board. It's aimed at a specific market and we'll take a closer look at multimedia performance than would otherwise be the case.