ASRock E3V5 WS (Intel C232) Super Alloy Motherboard Review

The Test System and Test Software


Testing workstation and server components require a different setup than a consumer motherboard test. Benchmarks such as games and 3D performance aren’t the ones we’re looking for here. We rather want to know how a motherboard like this can handle its memory and processor and we also want to know how well the built-in features such as network, audio, and storage features work.

While our benchmarks naturally will show the performance coming from the components that are attached, using the same components on all tested boards allows us to draw a comparison and see which board performs best and can get the most out of the hardware it has available.

We’re stressing every component as much as possible in order to check both stability and performance. We also test such parts as the built-in audio features and especially their latency as that’s something that can have a serious impact on the overall performance of the system by creating micro-hickups.

As mentioned, we need a lot of extra hardware to test a motherboard and you can find a complete list of those parts below.

System components

For some of our tests such as those involving the network capabilities, we also require a secondary system.

Secondary system

Network components

Storage Drives

We use a wide variety of applications to gain a broad spectrum of results for comparing diverse aspects of the system performance.

Software

  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • AIDA64 Engineer Edition
  • Cinebench R11.5
  • Cinebench R15.0
  • Geekbench 3
  • PCMark PerformanceTest 8.0
  • SPECwpc
  • SiSoftware Sandra
  • SuperPi Mod 1.9 WP
  • wPrime 2.10