Gaming Benchmark Testing
FutureMark Corporation’s 3DMark 11 is a reliable test for determining a system’s performance in DirectX 11 type games. The benchmark measures both graphics-based and PhysX-based system capabilities. The basic version of the benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible 3DMark scores recorded.
The ASUS P8Z77 WS board performed admirably in this test with its performance besting that of the other Intel Z77-based solution by almost 5% in all graphics-related tests. The stand-alone PhysX results were much closer between the two boards due to the heavy CPU reliance on the PhysX tests performed in this test.
Batman: Arkham City Benchmark
The in-game benchmark utility in Batman: Arkham City gives a real-world approximation of how well a system will perform in a DirectX 11-based game. The benchmark test was run at a 1920×1080 resolution with all graphics settings set to High or On with the following exceptions: FXAA High, DX11 enabled, PhysX disabled.
The ASUS P8Z77 WS performs exactly as it should with its performance matching that of the other Intel-based solution.
Hard Reset Benchmark
The in-game benchmark utility in Hard Reset gives a real-world approximation of how well a system will perform in a DirectX 9c-based game. The game engine was heavily modified by Flying Wild Hog studios to give DirectX 11-like graphical and PhysX abilities. The benchmark test was run at a 1920×1080 resolution with all graphics settings set to High or On with the following exceptions: FXAA 4x, Anisotropic Filtering 8x, PhysX at default.
As seen in previous gaming benchmarks, the P8Z77 WS performs well within expectations in this system-intensive game.