Asrock X58 Extreme3 Review

PC Mark, 7zip and wPrime

Asrock X58   Extreme3 Review

PC Mark

Futuremarks PC Mark Vantage comes complete with a raft of in-built applications to test the all around capabilities of your system. Although it has many suites available today we're concentrating on the ones that test the motherboard the most.

Our scores here are not too bad at all. The main thing to note if you're planning to compare against some of our previous results is the difference the addition of a SSD makes to the score. You gain thousands.

Once you take the results as they are you can see that again we find the enormous overclock doesn't really provide the end product we'd expect.


Trans-coding is the conversion of a media file from one format to another. It's very CPU and Memory dependant so should hopefully finally give us the result we're seeking. The Wav to WMA result is impressive indeed with the 33% improvement we're hoping to see from our 33% overclock.

VC-1 to WMV9 gives us a very bizarre result in that the stock is faster than the overclock. No we don't understand it either.

DV to WMV9 again returns to the 33% increase we expect.


7zip is a freeware decompression program that supports all archive types. Utilising the in-built benchmark we can see a comprehensive improvement from the overclocked system, with the stock combination of i7 920 and Asrock Extreme3 being very consistent.


wPrime uses a very complex mathematical test that I wont begin to pretend I understand, so I'll leave it to its creator.

"wPrime is a leading multithreaded benchmark for x86 processors that tests your processor performance by calculating square roots with a recursive call of Newton's method for estimating functions, with f(x)=x2-k, where k is the number we're sqrting, until Sgn(f(x)/f'(x)) does not equal that of the previous iteration"

So I hope we're all clear on what it does. The important thing is the results. Once again a mixed bag as when at stock it's slower than we'd expect but the overclock shows good promise.

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Most Recent Comments

12-05-2010, 06:47:16

What a excellent well thought out review.

I agree a floppy and IDE is a bit nuts. the ide i could live with just for moving across old stuff or to use some of the old 750 gigs i have lying around how ever the floppy . that got me scratching my head. Allso why do they have PS2 ports. they could have saved a few quid buy removing all this old gear.

I wasn't to fussed about placement of parts until you said about the small fan. oh dear me comes to mind here.

The sound OH MY OH MY OH MY .. squealing , electrical noise .. oh dear me a throw back to the early days of the first on board sound comes to mind. That is one hell of a major flaw esp since a hell of a lot of people now a days use on board sound. Something doesn't sound rite at all.

ASrock have all ways mixed old and new tech but if the old tech is a bad interference on the new tech then is it a worth while thing to do. All so i noted that the caps next to the ram slots are well to say the least unbelievably close to the ram slots does that cause any problems (just wondering). Ive seen ppl miss when placing ram in there slot and them caps look a little fragile. I could imagine them being ripped off by accident,

Ah well asrock nice try may be a ver 2 would be on the drawing boards pritty much straight away ....

p.s Love the Insta Boot if it works that well.Quote

12-05-2010, 10:39:48

Yea the big performance thing that caught me off guard was the 3DMark Vantage scores. There must be some serious things screwed up there. My Q6700 at 3.5ghz easily gets to 30k on performance for CPU. Why would a better CPU get less? This mobo seems to be one to stay away from.

I do like that instant on feature though. That's pretty cool to get into Windows so fast.Quote

12-05-2010, 12:03:46

The 3D mark scores you get are probably physx enhanced, which won't be the case for these scores. Mine will only hit 35K or so standard. Also, floppy drive, welcome to the 1990s?Quote

12-05-2010, 13:24:28

Probably for people that still flash using floppy maybe?Quote

12-05-2010, 14:52:50

Hmm I have used this for about 3 weeks Just to give it a shot and be fair.Its ALOT better than i thought . BUT how true that it cant hold the OC's without CRAZY voltages.:0.. soall and all if they had a few Minor tweeks IE. Board layout ect and Updayed the bios WAY more often then they do. I would have givein it a shot. As it sits I just Orderd the RAMPAGE 3 EX. because if you can find that in stock you wouldnt want anything Asrock could go along way if promted to and Tried alittle harder. Quote

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