Z77 Motherboard Round-Up: MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, Intel

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Cinebench R11.5 and POV-Ray

Cinebench R11.5 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering Benchmark

In the single threaded Cinebench test, all of the boards performed within 1/100 of a point of one another, which is about as close as can get. In the multi-threaded test, however, there was a bit larger spread. All of the Z77 Express-based motherboards came in a touch ahead of the Z78 and the Intel DZ77GA-70K--somewhat surprisingly--took the lead overall.
POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing Benchmark

POV-Ray , or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.

All of the Core i7-2700 powered systems, whether running on the Z68 or Z77 Expressed, performed right on par with each other. There was less than a 1% variation in performance between the Z77 Express based motherboards, which is to say they essentially performed identically.

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