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ASRock 890GX Extreme4 Motherboard Review

SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.

Sandra is a (girl) name of Greek origin that means “defender”, “helper of mankind”. We think that’s quite fitting.

It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what’s really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.

Native ports for all major operating systems are available:

  • Windows XP, 2003/R2, Vista, 7, 2008/R2 (x86)
  • Windows XP, 2003/R2, Vista, 7, 2008/R2 (x64)
  • Windows 2003/R2, 2008/R2* (IA64)
  • Windows Mobile 5.x (ARM CE 5.01)
  • Windows Mobile 6.x (ARM CE 5.02)

All major technologies are supported and taken advantage of:

  • SMP – Multi-Processor
  • MC – Multi-Core
  • SMT/HT – Hyper-Threading
  • MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE 4.1, SSE 4.2, AVX, FMA – Multi-Media instructions
  • GPGPU, DirectX, OpenGL – Graphics
  • NUMA – Non-Uniform Memory Access
  • AMD64/EM64T/x64 – 64-bit extensions to x86
  • IA64 – Intel* Itanium 64-bit

Again, the overclock increases the performance a reasonable amount, shown by significant increases all round in these tests.

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12 comments

  1. Seems like a good board again from asrock. they dont have a wonderful name, but their latest products look to be a higher standard than earlier ones.

  2. Doesnt seem to have any major flaws. PCB design looks good.

  3. solid buy, not an asus or MSI product, but they are getting there 🙂

  4. ASrock deliver these at good price points.

  5. no point reviewing these things, you cant buy them anywhere, only in america. waste of time.

  6. Very nice board, seems very good buy

  7. id never buy an asrock board. they are cheap make.

  8. This seems to be a good all round product with support for everything like USB 3 and sata 6gbps. only issue I have with asrock is availabiltiy which means ive never been able to try one.

  9. My friend had an asrock board and it was pretty good, he bought it cause of local pricing here. its very good.

  10. what is memory support like, I read a thread a while ago about a reviewer who couldnt get his memory to work with the board until they updated the bios

  11. seems good to me guys thanks 🙂 ill order one later

  12. Klingons for dinner

    Its a long way to find one of these. whats the memory support like, DDR3 up to what?