|ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD mini-ITX Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 14 November 2012|
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Motherboard Testing Methodology
After a few years of testing motherboards, I've noticed that motherboards based on the same chipset tend to have very similar performance. This wasn't always the case, but now that the memory controller's in the processor, and the PCI-E lanes are in the chipset, it's not surprising that everyone's "Y22" chipset motherboard performs pretty much alike...at stock settings, anyway.
So testing motherboards, unlike testing CPUs or video cards, is more about examining the proprietary features that make one different from another, as well as testing a board's overclocking ability, especially if it's marketed to the enthusiast community.
Now, the P8Z77-I Deluxe/WD isn't really marketed as an overclocker's board, certainly not like ASUS' Maximus or Rampage series. On the other hand, there's little reason to even build a Z77-base mini ITX board unless that's one of your goals, especially given this board's extended power circuitry.
I tested this board with a Core i7-3770K CPU at both stock and overclocked speeds. For the overclock, I used the TurboV Evo automatic overclocking utility from AI Suite II, which has two buttons: Fast and Extreme. I ran these benchmarks with overclocks achieved with both settings.
I'll start with synthetic benchmarks in the next section.