|ASUS P8Z68V PRO Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 11 May 2011|
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Motherboard Testing Methodology
Testing the P8Z68-V Pro motherboard required a lot more work than a typical motherboard, because in addition to the standard performance tests, I had to run multiple video performance tests using the various configurations possible. For the standard performance tests I compared the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboard to an ASUS P8P67 motherboard. WIll the Z68 Express chipset bring any performance advantage over the P67 Express?
P67 Test System
Z68 Test System
Each benchmark application was run on the P67-based motherboard and on the P8Z68-V Pro. The P8Z68 was tested using its internal video (iGPU), Lucid Virtu in "i-Mode", and overclocked with a Radeon 6850 video card running in "native mode" (i.e. Virtu disabled). Virtu "i-Mode" should switch any rendering tasks to the Radeon 6850 as long as Virtu has been configured for the application in question. Since the integrated GPU of the Sandy Bridge processors uses the same L3 cache as does the processor cores, we might expect a small performance hit when the iGPU is in use.