ASRock 880G Extreme3 AMD 880G+SB850 Mainboard Review – SiSoft Sandra tests
Bluetooth 24 Apr 2010

As this is our first AMD 880G board that arrived in our labs. We will pit it against the AMD 890GX+SB850 to see how it differs in performance. We used the same processor, the AMD Phenom II X3 710 clocked at 13×200 = 2.6GHz.

The AMD 890GX board – ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 200.4MHz while the ASRock 880G Extreme3 clocks on the dot 200.0Mhz.

SiSoft Sandra 2009 Arithmetic tests

First, we compare the board’s performance by default, that is at their default Clock of 2.6GHz with memory modules running DDR3-1333 CAS 5-7-7-24-1T on both boards. Next we increase the GPU Core speed to 900 MHz (ASUS) and 1000MHz (ASRock) and sideport memory increased to the respective speeds indicated in the chart below.

As ASRock 880G Extreme3 has the UCC feature which can enable the 4th core on our Phenom II X3 710. Likewise this can be done on the ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 mainboard. We compare the performance again with the 4 core enabled.

The ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3, we can only get it stable up to GPU at 900MHz with sideport memory at DDR3-1520. As for the ASRock 880G Extreme3, we can get it to oc to GPU of 1GHz and Sideport at DDR-1640MHz.

As we can see from the chart below, at default, the difference isn’t that much of a difference. When the 4th core is enabled, the jump is noticeable and we see that the ASRock is on par with the ASUS 890GX board. 

SiSoft Sandra 2009 Multimedia tests

In the multimedia department, the same tests is being conducted. Again, running it at default and GPU overclock didn’t make much of an impact. When the 4th core is enabled, the IntX16 result shot up to 120.8 vs 117.77 on the ASUS. The rest of the results also didn’t fall behind by a lot considering that we are comparing to a lowered clocked 890GX board.


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