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ASRock P67 Transformer: P67 Gets LGA 1156 Compatibility
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Test System Configuration
LGA 1155 CPUIntel Core i5-2500K (3.30 GHz, 6 MB L3 Cache)
Overclocked to 4.00 GHz at 1.20 V, 100 MHz BCLK
LGA 1156 CPUIntel Core i5-750 (2.66 GHz, 8 MB L3 Cache)
Overclocked to 4.00 GHz at 1.40 V, 200 MHz BCLK
P67/LGA 1155
Motherboard
ASRock P67 Extreme6 BIOS L0.39c (11/26/2010)
Intel P67 Express, LGA 1155
P67/LGA 1156
Motherboard
ASRock P67 Transformer BIOS L0.39c (11/26/2010)
Intel P67 Express, LGA 1156
P55/LGA 1156
Motherboard
ASRock P55 Extreme4 BIOS P1.40 (08/18/2010)
Intel P55 Express, LGA 1156
Graphics CardSparkle Calibre X580GeForce GTX 580
  810 MHz GPU, 1536 MB GDDR5-4032
RAMKingston KHX2133C9D3T1K2/4GX (4 GB)
DDR3-2133 at DDR3-1600 CAS CAS 7-7-7-21
OS Hard DriveWestern Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS
1 TB, 7200 RPM, SATA 3Gb/s, 32 MB Cache
Test DriveCrucial RealSSD C300 256 MB (SATA 6Gb/s, MLC)
SoundIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerOCZ-Z1000M 1000 W Modular
ATX12V v2.2, EPS12V, 80 PLUS Gold
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
GeForce GraphicsNvidia GeForce/Ion 263.09
ChipsetIntel INF 9.2.0.1015
StorageIntel iRST 1.0.0.0.1046 (AHCI Mode)


A fast hard drive could prove the performance limits of each chipset’s SATA controller, if only a fast enough drive were available. Crucial updated us to the latest version of its RealSSD C300.

Games make up our platform benchmark set, helping us to determine overall performance. An 810 MHz GPU clock and GDDR5-4032 memory help Sparkles’ Calibre X580 push astronomically-high frame rates.

The high data rates available from Kingston’s DDR3-2133 weren’t needed for today’s analysis, but its ability to run DDR3-1600 at 1.54 V was preferred.

With an efficiency level of nearly 90% across a wide range of loads, OCZ’s Z100M kept these overclocked machines at their greenest.

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games 
Aliens Vs. Predator BenchmarkAlien vs Predator Benchmark Tool
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Campaign, Act III, Second Sun (45 sec. FRAPS)
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
CrysisPatch 1.2.1, DirectX 10, 64-bit executable, benchmark tool
Test Set 1: Highest Quality, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Quality, 4x AA
DiRT 2Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x AA
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of PripyatCall Of Pripyat Benchmark version
Test Set 1: Highest Settings, No AA
Test Set 2: Highest Settings, 4x MSAA
Power / Gaming Efficiency
GPU LoadFurMark 1.6.5 Stability Test, 1920x1200, 4x AA
P3 Kill A Watt P4400Global Power Consumption at AC outlet
Storage
h2benchw 3.16Sustained and Repetitive Reads, Average Access Time, Zone Measurements
Iometer 2008.08.18File server Benchmark, Web server Benchmark, Database Benchmark, Workstation Benchmark
Streaming Reads, Streaming Writes
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
PCMark VantageVersion: 1.0.2.0, Hard Drive Test
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