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ASRock X79 Extreme9 Motherboard Review


by Stuart Davidson - 6th May 2012
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ASRock X79 Extreme9 Motherboard Review
Corsair H100 Liquid Cooler
Noctua Thermal Paste

Corsair AX1200 PSU
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB SSD (OS)
Corsair Force 3 240GB SSD
(SATA3 Testing)
OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 SSD (USB 3.0 Testing)
OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 (PCIe Testing)

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard

Roccat Kone[+] Mouse
SteelSeries 7H Headset

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Catalyst 12.3
Forceware 301.24
DirectX 11
Intel 9.3 Chipset
Intel RST 11.1/3.0

SiSoft Sandra

ATTO Disk Benchmark
3DMark 2011
Adobe CS5.5 Master Suite
dBpoweramp
Cinebench R11.5 x64
Google Chrome
Flash Player 11
Fraps
Battlefield 3

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.
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