|Intel DZ77GA-70K Benchmark Performance|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 07 May 2012|
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PCMark 7 Tests
PCMark 7 is Futuremark's successor to PCMark Vantage. The full suite of tests comprises seven different sequences with more than 25 sub-tests that exercise your system's abilities in storage, computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming. It was developed with input from the designers, engineers and product managers at AMD, Compal, Dell, Hitachi GST, HP, Intel, NVIDIA, Samsung, Seagate, Western Digital and many other well-known companies.
For this benchmark I chose the PCMark test, which provides a number indicating total system performance, as well as the Productivity, Creativity, and Computation test suites.
The Productivity test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in typical productivity scenarios. Individual workloads include loading web pages and using home office applications. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Productivity test score. The Productivity test consists of:
The Creativity test contains a collection of workloads to measure the system performance in typical creativity scenarios. Individual tests include viewing, editing, transcoding and storing photos and videos. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Creativity test score.
The Computation test contains a collection of workloads that isolate the computation performance of the system. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Computation test score.
It's important to note that since PCMark 7 was designed as a system test, the scores are dependent on the configuration of the entire system being tested, including things like the memory, hard disk, and graphics cards used: it's not an isolated test like most of the other benchmarks I'm using in this review. However, since all other hardware (CPU, video card, memory, hard disk, etc.) was identical, with only the motherboards being changed, any performance differences here can be attributed to differences in motherboard performance.
Except in the Computation section, overclocking doesn't help the scores that much. It does boost the Creativity score by 9%, but that won't be noticeable outside benchmark use. But in Computation, we get a nice 28% boost. At stock clock speeds, the Intel board wins only the Creativity section, but the largest difference between it and the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe is only about 4%.
In the next section I run everyone's favorite benchmark: CINEBENCH!