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ECS Z77H2-AX Golden Edition Review

ccokeman    -   May 13, 2012
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Testing:

Testing the latest Z77 board from ECS will involve running it and its comparison products through OCC's test suite of benchmarks, which include both synthetic benchmarks and real-world applications, to see how each of these products perform. The gaming tests will also consist of both synthetic benchmarks and actual gameplay, in which we can see if similarly prepared setups offer any performance advantages. The system will receive a fully updated, fresh install of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit edition, in addition to the latest drivers for each board and the latest AMD Catalyst drivers for the XFX HD 7970. To ensure as few variables as possible, all hardware will be tested at their stock speeds, timings, voltages, and latencies – unless otherwise stated. Turbo Boost is disabled to make a fair comparison without skewing results.

 

Testing Setup: Intel Core i7 Socket 1155

 

Comparison Boards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocking the ECS Z77H2-AX Golden Edition follows standard Sandy bridge architecture guidelines. In this respect, the Golden Edition Z77 board delivers the maximum stable clock speed for my test station Core i7 3770K, adjusting only voltages for the memory, CPU, and memory controller. The CPU required 1.285 V with vdroop control disabled for a final voltage of just over 1.3125 V. The memory voltage was set to its specified 1.65 V and the memory controller was set to 1.05 V. Then the bclock multiplier was set to 46 and the bclock was adjusted to 102 MHz for a final clock speed of 4.68 GHz – a nice healthy 1.2 GHz over the baseline 3.5 GHz.

 

Maximum Overclock:

Each CPU and motherboard has been tested for stability at the clock speeds listed when in an overclocked state. These clock speeds will be used to run the test suite and will show the performance increase over the stock settings in the overclocked scoring.

 

Benchmarks:

Scientific & Data:

  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Geekbench 2.1
  4. Office 2007 Excel Number Crunch
  5. POV-Ray 3.7
  6. Bibble 5
  7. Sandra 2011
  8. AIDA64 1.85
  9. HandBrake .9.5
  10. ScienceMark 2.02
  11. Cinebench 10 & 11.5
  12. HD Tune 4.60

Video:

  1. Aliens vs. Predator
  2. Civilization V
  3. Battlefield 3
  4. 3DMark11



 




  1. Introduction and Closer look
  2. Closer Look: ECS Z77H2-AX
  3. Closer Look: The BIOS
  4. Closer Look: Programs & Utilities
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench, Bibble 5
  8. Testing: Office 2007, PovRay, Proshow Gold, Handbrake
  9. Testing: SiSoft Sandra, AIDA64
  10. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune, PCMark 7
  11. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  12. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  13. Testing: Battlefield 3
  14. Testing: 3Dmark11
  15. Conclusion
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