ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE Motherboard Review

by Rob Williams on August 6, 2012 in Motherboards

Want a motherboard that won’t have you wishing you chose differently? There are plenty of reasons why ASUS’ P8Z77-V DELUXE deserves your consideration. It’s a feature-packed board that gives you everything you’d hope for in a motherboard – and then throws in some extra for good measure.

Page 9 – Gaming: Futuremark 3DMark 11 & Left 4 Dead 2

Game benchmarks stand to see the least amount of gain in comparison to our other tests, but they’re necessary for the sake of introducing GPU performance into the mix. Also, while we benchmark hands-on for our graphics card content, we opt for synthetic testing here, as we’re utilizing the same components across each motherboard.

First up is the ever-popular 3DMark benchmark, which we run using the “Performance” (1280×720) profile. A major benefit of this benchmark is that it stresses not only the GPU, but the CPU as well, thanks to its heavy-duty physics tests.

Futuremark 3DMark 11

Left 4 Dead 2 – Techgage Timedemo

For as long as Valve’s Source engine has existed, its performance has scaled well with CPU clock speeds, and for that reason we used to use Half-Life 2 in both our CPU and motherboard tests. With Left 4 Dead 2, CPU scaling is no longer the case, with a variance of a 1GHz CPU clock speed unable to change our average FPS results at all. Thanks to this, Left 4 Dead 2 is an ideal benchmark for our motherboard testing, since we can see if there is an issue with the GPU performance by singling it out directly.

Left 4 Dead 2 - Techgage Timedemo

Both 3DMark 11 and Left 4 Dead 2 results are pretty even across the board. It’s hard to declare an actual winner, but what’s important is that none fell behind.

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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