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 benchmark tests were run three times with the highest reproducible 3DMark scores recorded.
In most cases, the Z77 MPOWER seemed to have a slight advantage over the other Z77-based board with it slightly lagging during the CPU-intensive PhysX tests.
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 benchmark tests were run three times with the highest reproducible FPS scores recorded.
The Z77 MPOWER performs flawlessly here, illustrating its ability to perform well in a real-world gaming scenario.
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: FSAA 4x, Anisotropic Filtering 8x, PhysX at Default. The benchmark tests were run three times with the highest reproducible FPS scores recorded.
The Z77 MPOWER again performs up to expectations, again showing how well it can perform in real-world gaming.
Very very nice!
Nevermind, Im a dufus. Shouldnt read hard reviews on the john with the Kindle.
Anyway, is 8x4x4x Sli really worth it? Say 3 GTX 670s?
8x vs 16x shows differences
8x vs 16x shows differences of around ~5%. x4 shows about ~30% of difference, so certainly NOT worth it.
PCI-E 3.0 x4 equals to PCI-E 2.0 x8, which is easily sufficient for a triple GPU setup.
Why do you consistantly keep on going around making up bullcrap Rafal? Stuart? Is your name even Rafal or Stuart? Oh nvm, you’re a total moron…
The CMOS battery location
The CMOS battery location isn’t as big of an issue thanks to the rear-panel CMOS-clear button. I am a big fan of the current MSI Z77 stuff and this board is probably the best mix of high end features and overclockability you’re going to find in the sub-$200 range.
Overclocking Results page is
Overclocking Results page is using the same CPU-Z screenshot for both frequencies. The 4.2Ghz one is missing.
Otherwise great review!
Thank you for poiting that
Thank you for poiting that out cyberwire. The images on that page have been corrected…
Has anyone get the phase LEDs
Has anyone get the phase LEDs to change in Windows 8? during system boot up they blink but in windows 8 they all stay on.
Have not played with the
Have not played with the board in Windows 8, but teh BIOS does have Windows 8 specific settings. You may want to try messing with those setting to see if you have any better luck…
AMD does not have FXAA, so
AMD does not have FXAA, so how can this be in the Batman test settings w/ an AMD 5870?
I really want to know, because I cannot duplicate your Batman test w/ this setup.
With the 5870, I have the
With the 5870, I have the option in the graphics options screen (not in game, only accessible from startup) to force FXAA type rendering, as shown below