General Performance Results
When approaching this article on the new Z68 chipset, we knew that there was a lot to discuss and write about, though general computing performance wasn’t likely to be one of them. In nearly all respects, looking at performance between the P67 chipset and the Z68 chipset when it comes to your standard transcoding applications, games and rendering tasks was going to be a simple even tie. The exceptions would show up when a user was able to utilize the SSD Caching Smart Response Technology but in a true apples-to-apples line up, Z68 will look and feel just like P67.
However, that does not mean we didn’t test it just to make sure our theories played out as we planned. For our benchmarks on this page you’ll see the system configuration was identical to that of our original Sandy Bridge processor review back in January:
- Testing Configuration
- Intel Core i7-2600K CPU
- ASUS P8Z68-V Pro and ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Motherboards
- 2 x 2GB Corsair DDR3-1333 memory
- BFG GeForce GTX 285 Graphics (280.xx driver)
- Intel X25-M G2 160GB SSD
- Windows 7 SP1 x64
How did our ASUS P8Z68-V Pro compared to the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe motherboard in our testing?
You can see across various tests that really focus on the CPU portion of computing performance, the difference between pairing your Core i7-2600K processor with the Z68 or P67 chipset isn’t going show up in terms of benchmarks. Instead, it will be a result of features like SSD caching and switchable graphics.
Before we move onto those sections of our review though, let’s see how well ASUS was able to engineer the P8Z68-V Pro for overclocking with the added time given this chipset launch.