Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

For our testing today, I have a couple different Z77-based motherboards that will help us evaluate and compare micro ATX and full ATX solutions that utilize this chipset. I wasn't able to acquire an Ivy Bridge processor in time to do these reviews, so I'm using one of my Intel Sandy Bridge i5-2500K processors in its place. Our readers should keep this in mind when they are reviewing our benchmark results. Our standard benchmark suite should give us a good indication about what users can expect from the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard in terms of overall performance, gaming, and basic overclocking.


CPU-Z Screenshots


Test System Setup


Intel i5-2500K (running at 3.3GHz, 100×33)


Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3
ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe


Patriot 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-2000 Dual Channel (Note: We can only use up to 1600Mhz due to chipset limitations)

Solid State Drive

Western Digital Silicon Edge Blue 128GB SATA 3GB/s SSD

Sound Card

Onboard sound

Video Card

XFX Radeon HD 5770 512MB

CPU Cooling

Zalman CNPS12X

Video Drivers

AMD ATI Catalyst 12.6
Power Supply PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750w 

DirectX Version

DX11/ DX10 / DX9c

Operating System

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


Our 64-bit test bench for the LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors includes 8 GBs of dual-channel DDR3-2000 memory, an XFX Radeon HD 5770 512MB graphics card, and a Western Digital Silicon Edge Blue 128GB SATA solid state drive for storage. This configuration focuses on evaluating the motherboard's capabilities and less on the rest of the hardware components.


Benchmarks used:

– SiSoft Sandra 2012 

– CineBench 11.5 64-bit 

– Handbrake DVD compression

– 3DMark Vantage 

– 3DMark11 Professional

– Crysis 2

– Dirt 3

– PCMark Vantage

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