Z77 Mobo Roundup II: EVGA, ASRock, Gigabyte, Zotac - HotHardware

Z77 Mobo Roundup II: EVGA, ASRock, Gigabyte, Zotac

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Test System Configuration Notes: When configuring our test systems for this article, we first entered their respective UEFI menus and set each board to its "Optimized" or "High performance Defaults". We then saved the settings, re-entered the BIOS and set the memory frequency to the maximum officially supported speed for the given platform. The hard drives were then formatted, and Windows 7 Home Premium x64 was installed. When the Windows installation was complete, we updated the OS, and installed the drivers necessary for our components. Auto-Updating and Windows Defender were then disabled and we installed all of our benchmarking software, performed a disk clean-up, cleared temp and prefetch data, and ran the tests.

Futuremark PCMark 7
General Application and Multimedia Performance

Futuremark's PCMark 7 is the latest version of the PCMark whole-system benchmarking suite. It has updated application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 7 environment and uses newer metrics to gauge relative performance, versus the older PCMark Vantage.

Below is what Futuremark says is incorporated in the base PCMark suite and the Entertainment, Creativity, and Productivity suites, the four modules we have benchmark scores for you here.

The PCMark test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance during typical desktop usage. This is the most important test since it returns the official PCMark score for the system
Storage
  • Windows Defender
  • Importing pictures
  • Gaming

Video Playback and transcoding
Graphics

  • DirectX 9

Image manipulation
Web browsing and decrypting

The Entertainment test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in entertainment scenarios using mostly application workloads. Individual tests include recording, viewing, streaming and transcoding TV shows and movies, importing, organizing and browsing new music and several gaming related workloads. If the target system is not capable of running DirectX 10 workloads then those tests are skipped. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given an Entertainment test score.

The Creativity test contains a collection of workloads to measure the system performance in typical creativity scenarios. Individual tests include viewing, editing, transcoding and storing photos and videos. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Creativity test score.

The Productivity test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in typical productivity scenarios. Individual workloads include loading web pages and using home office applications. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Productivity test score.



As we saw with our first round of Z77 boards, there's no meaningful difference in the scores these motherboards put up. The consistency is of further interest because of the differences between the boards in our roundup in terms of form factor and individual add-on features.

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Building a comp for a friend. They probably will not ever take the cover off of the case unless something goes wrong with it. They play a few games and such. They are not really up on computer stuff but like to play games. Any thoughts, pros, cons to the Gigabyte for this sort of a build?

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It seems alot of the people I know for the z77 is going with EVGA. I got nothing aginst ASrock or Zotac but I haven't used their board before. As for gigabyte ive read alot of people recommend them but after using one of their boards (it was an AMD board so it may not apply since I personally have an ASUS anyways) I just lost some faith in gigabyte for the fact of just getting Windows to recognize a RAID I setup though the board. 

I can think of about 4 guys I know currently that run EVGA z77 boards and everyone of them loves it!

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I suprised to see that the Zotac beat out gigabyte in this test.

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Not surprised asrock took the award, they make solid boards at a great price.

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