As usual, we are going to compare the mainboards speeds in two different modes: in nominal mode and during CPU and memory overclocking. The first mode is interesting because it shows how well the mainboards work with their default settings. It is a known fact that most users do not fine-tune their systems, they simply choose the optimal BIOS settings and do nothing else. That is why we run a round of tests almost without interfering in any way with the default mainboard settings. For comparison purposes we also included the results of the previously reviewed mainboards:
- ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional
- ASRock Z77 Extreme4 and ASRock Z77 Extreme6
- ASRock Z77 Extreme9
- ASRock Z77 OC Formula
- Asus Maximus V Formula
- Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
- Asus P8Z77-V LX
- Asus P8Z77-V Premium
- Asus Sabertooth Z77
- ECS Z77H2-A2X (v1.0)
- Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3
- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H and GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB WIFI
- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH and Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH
- Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP7
- Intel DZ77BH-55K
- Intel DZ77GA-70K and Intel DZ77RE-75K
- MSI Z77 MPOWER
- MSI Z77A-GD65.
The results on the diagrams are sorted out in descending order. The results of ASRock Z77 Extreme3 mainboard are highlighted with a darker color for your convenience.
We used Cinebench 11.5. All tests were run five times and the average result of the five runs was taken for the performance charts.
We have been using Fritz Chess Benchmark utility for a long time already and it proved very illustrative. It generated repeated results, the performance in it is scales perfectly depending on the number of involved computational threads.
A small video in x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 is encoded in two passes and then the entire process is repeated four times. The average results of the second pass are displayed on the following diagram:
We measured the performance in Adobe Photoshop using our own benchmark made from Retouch Artists Photoshop Speed Test that has been creatively modified. It includes typical editing of four 10-megapixel images from a digital photo camera.
In the archiving test a 1 GB file is compressed using LZMA2 algorithms, while other compression settings remain at defaults.
Like in the data compression test, the faster 16 million of Pi digits are calculated, the better. This is the only benchmark where the number of processor cores doesn’t really matter, because it creates single-threaded load.
Since we do not overclock graphics in our mainboard reviews, the next diagram shows only CPU tests from the 3DMark11 – Physics Score. This score is obtained in a special physics test that emulates the behavior of a complex gaming system working with numerous objects:
We use FC2 Benchmark Tool to go over Ranch Small map ten times in 1920x1080 resolution with high image quality settings in DirectX 10.
Resident Evil 5 game also has a built-in performance test. Its peculiarity is that it can really take advantage of multi-core processor architecture. The tests were run in DirectX 10 in 1920x1080 resolution with high image quality settings. The average of five test runs was taken for further analysis:
Batman: Arkham City game also reacts eagerly to any changes in the CPU clock frequency, but it uses DirectX 11. We ran game’s integrated benchmark five times with high image quality settings and then take the average of the five runs for the diagrams.
In the nominal mode ASRock Z77 Extreme3 doesn’t set any performance records, and demonstrates no performance drops. This is quite expected, because we know very well that related mainboards working in identical testing conditions demonstrate about the same performance.