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ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 Review

ccokeman    -   October 28, 2012
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3DMark11 is the next installment for Futuremark in the 3DMark series, with Vantage as its predecessor. 3DMark11 was designed solely for DirectX 11, so Windows Vista or 7 are required alongside a DirectX 11 graphics card in order to run this test. The Basic Edition gives unlimited free tests on performance mode, whereas Vantage only allows for a single test run. The Advanced Edition costs $19.95 and unlocks nearly all features of the benchmark, while the Professional Edition runs for $995.00 and is mainly suited for corporate use. The new benchmark contains six tests, four of which are aimed only at graphical testing – one that tests physics handling and one that combines graphics and physics testing together. The open source Bullet Physics Library is used for physics simulations and although not as mainstream as Havok or PhysX, it still remains a popular choice.

The new benchmark comes with two new demos that can be watched; both of which are based on the tests, but unlike the tests, contain basic audio. The first demo is titled "Deep Sea" and involves a number of vessels exploring what looks to be a sunken U-Boat. The second demo is titled "High Temple" and displays a location similar to South American tribal ruins, with statues and the occasional vehicle. The demos are simple in that they have no story, but really demonstrate testing conditions. The vehicles have the logos of the sponsors, MSI and Antec, on the sides, helping to make the Basic Edition free. The four graphics tests are slight variants of the demos. I will use the three benchmark test preset levels to find the performance of each card. The presets are used because they are comparable to what can be run with the free version, so results can be compared across more than just a custom set of test parameters.

 

Settings

  • Default test settings
  • Entry test: 1024 x 600
  • Performance test: 1280 x 720
  • Extreme test: 1920 x 1080

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DiRT 3 is the third iteration of this series. Published and developed by Codemasters, this game uses the EGO 2.0 game engine and was released in the US on PC in May of 2011.

Settings

  • 8x MSAA
  • Ultra Settings

 

 

 

Battlefield 3 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. Battlefield 3 uses the Frostbyte 2 game engine and is the direct successor to Battlefield 2. Released in North America on October 25, 2011, the game supports DirectX 10 and 11.

Settings

  • Game settings = Ultra

 

 

 

In the gaming tests, the video card is going to be the limiting factor in the vast majority of scenarios. Both boards compare well with the other in terms of gaming performance, with the Extreme 4 pulling slightly ahead in the 3DMark11 testing and running dead even with the P8Z77 WS in both DiRT 3 and Battlefield 3.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: ASRock Z77 Extreme 4
  3. Closer Look: Programs & Utilities
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: PCMark 7
  8. Testing: HD Tune, AIDA 64
  9. Testing: Sisoft Sandra, x.264, Handbrake
  10. Testing: ATTO USB 3.0 Testing
  11. Testing: Gaming
  12. Conclusion
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