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Z68 Motherboard Roundup Part 2



Office 2007 Excel Big Number Crunch: This test takes a 6.2MB Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and performs about 28,000 sets of calculations that represent many of the most commonly used calculations in Excel. The measure of this test is how long it takes to refresh the sheet.















Lower Is Better


POV Ray 3.7: This program features a built-in benchmark that renders an image using Ray Tracing. The latest versions offer support for SMP (Symmetric Multiprocessing) enabling the workload to be spread across the cores for a quicker completion.


Higher Is Better


In the Office 2007 benchmark, we can see that the Gigabyte G1 Sniper 2 was able to take first place during not only the stock testing, but the overclocked testing as well. The Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4 came right in the middle of the pack during the stock testing and bumped up to second place when it was overclocked. Sapphire's board was towards the end of the pack at both stock and overclocked testing. In POV Ray, all three of the boards in this article came up in the middle of the pack. When overclocked the Gigabyte G1 Sniper 2 was able to come up to second place while the Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68 fell towards the end. In the POV Ray benchmark, all of the boards were giving similar results.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Sapphire Pure Platinum Z68
  3. Closer Look: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4
  4. Closer Look: Gigabyte G1 Sniper 2
  5. Closer Look: BIOS Sapphire Pure Platinum
  6. Closer Look: BIOS Gigabyte
  7. Closer Look: Programs & Utilities
  8. Specifications
  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: PCMark7
  15. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  16. Testing: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  17. Testing: Sid Meier's Civilization V
  18. Testing: 3DMark 11
  19. Conclusion
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