The ASRock Penryn 1600SLI-110dB is a budget board that packs some surprises.  The 650i chipset isn’t usually associated with SLI, but this board has 3 PCI-E slots, one that is full 16x for running single cards and a pair that will run at 8x if two cards are plugged in.  Placing the single slot solution between the paired PCI-E slots is a good idea, as it gives you space for oversized coolers.  Check out the surprise AnandTech received when they started to overclock.

“Why you might ask? Well, pull out every excuse you ever used in school for a late assignment or bad test grade and that will pretty much sum up where we are at right now. There are several logical reasons for this and some that are not, but that is for another time. Today, we are taking a look at the ASRock Penryn 1600SLI-110dB to see how well it overclocks our E8400 and QX9650 processors. We will be taking a more in-depth look at its performance against the mighty 780i in SLI (a surprise outcome) and overall performance against like priced P35 boards from MSI, Gigabyte, ASUS, and abit in the coming days. However, we thought it would be wise to spend some time and burn a couple of pages on the touted Penryn compatibility before we look at other results.”

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