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Z68 Motherboard Roundup

gotdamojo06    -   September 25, 2011
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Testing:

3DMark 11 is the next installment for Futuremark in the 3DMark series with Vantage as its predecessor. The name implies that this benchmark is for Microsoft DirectX 11 and with an unintended coincidence, the name matches the upcoming date in number (which was the naming scheme to some prior versions of 3DMark nonetheless). 3DMark 11 is designed solely for DirectX 11 so Windows Vista or 7 are required along with a DirectX 11 graphics card in order to run this test. The Basic Edition has unlimited free tests on performance mode whereas Vantage only allowed for a single test run. The advanced edition costs $19.95 and unlocks nearly all of the features of the benchmark and the professional edition runs $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 to test for physics handling and one to combine 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 seems to be a popular choice.

With the new benchmark comes two new demos that can be watched, both based on the tests but unlike the tests, these contain basic audio. The first demo is titled "Deep Sea" and have a few vessels exploring what looks to be a sunken U-Boat. The second demo is titled "High Temple" and is similar to South American tribal ruins with statues and the occasional vehicle around. The demos are simple in that they have no story, they are really just a demonstration of what the testing will be like. The vehicles have the logos of the sponsors MSI and Antec on their sides with the sponsorships 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 test the performance of each card. The presets are used as they are comparable to what can be run with the free version so that 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

The common theme continues thorughout all the testing; all four boards are giving just about the exact same scores in the 3DMark11 benchmark at all three of the resolutions tested.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty
  3. Closer Look: ASUS P8Z68-V
  4. Closer Look: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
  5. Closer Look: ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE
  6. Closer Look: ASRock uEFI BIOS
  7. Closer Look: ASUS uEFI BIOS
  8. Specifications & Features
  9. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  10. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench, Bibble 5
  11. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray
  12. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  13. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench, HDTune
  14. Testing: MediaEspresso
  15. Testing: PCMark7
  16. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  17. Testing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  18. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  19. Testing: 3DMark 11
  20. Testing: IGP, Lucid Virtu
  21. Conclusion
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