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Written by David Ramsey   
Monday, 07 May 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel DZ77GA-70K Benchmark Performance
AIDA64 Extreme Edition Tests
PCMark 7 Tests
CINEBENCH R11.5 Benchmarks
CPU-Dependent 3D Gaming
Media Encoding Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
SPECapc Lightwave
Blender and POV-Ray
Overclocking and Final Thoughts
Intel DZ77GA-70K Conclusion

SPECapc Lightwave

SPECapc (Application Performance Characterization) tests are fundamentally different from the SPECviewperf tests. While SPECviewperf tests incorporate code from the various test programs directly into the benchmark, the SPECapc tests are separate scripts and datasets that are run against a stand-alone installation of the program being benchmarked. SPECapc group members sponsor applications and work with end-users, user groups, publications and ISVs to select and refine workloads, which consist of data sets and benchmark script files. Workloads are determined by end-users and ISVs, not SPECapc group members. These workloads will evolve over time in conjunction with end-users' needs and the increasing functionality of PCs and workstations.

For this test, I ran the SPECapc "Lightwave" benchmark against a trial installation of Newtek's Lightwave 3D product. The benchmark, developed in cooperation with NewTek, provides realistic workloads that simulate a typical LightWave 3D workflow. It contains 11 datasets ranging from 64,000 to 1.75 million polygons and representing such applications as 3D character animation, architectural review, and industrial design. Scores for individual workloads are composited under three categories: interactive, render and multitask.

The benchmark puts special emphasis on processes that benefit from multi-threaded computing, such as animation, OpenGL playback, deformations, and high-end rendering that includes ray tracing, radiosity, complex textures and volumetric lighting. The test reports three scores: Animation (multitasking), Animation (interactive), and Rendering. The numeric scores represent the time it took to complete each section of the benchmark, in seconds, so lower scores are better.

I've found the SPECapc Lightwave 3D test to be an excellent indicator of overclock stability. In many cases, overclocked systems that will make it through every other benchmark here will crash in this test. It's also one of the most "fun" benchmarks to watch, as multiple windows with various complex rendering tasks appear and disappear on your screen.


This is one of the most "real" benchmarks, since it's just a set of scripts that control a standard Lightwave installation (SPECviewperf uses embedded Lightwave code). Here the ASUS board beats the other two boards in two of the three tests (albeit by very small amounts), losing by 13 seconds to the Intel board in the Rendering section.



# PCI slots are still industry standardOlin Coles 2012-05-07 16:08
Conclusion ratings are purely opionion, but I think most people are still buying/using PCI-bus hardware.
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# RE: PCI slots are still industry standardDavid Ramsey 2012-05-07 16:14
And a lot of people are still running Windows XP.
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# Re: PCI slots are still industry standardJoe Mama 2012-05-08 10:59
This is an enthusiast-level motherboard -- save the PCI slots for the low-end stuff.
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# RE: Intel DZ77GA-70K Benchmark Performance TestsJustin 2012-05-08 16:32
Hi! Great review but I have one question that I didn't see answered anywhere: How long does this board take to POST? By POST I mean the time it takes to go from power button pressed to Windows load screen popping up. This is information a lot of people are interested in, but I rarely see it in reviews (in fact only Anandtech test this, AFAIK).
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# RE: RE: Intel DZ77GA-70K Benchmark Performance TestsDavid Ramsey 2012-05-08 16:43
There are several reasons you don't see this metric:

1. Most people only boot their systems once a day, if that, and the time spent to get to the Windows desktop is insignificant compared to the time the computer's being used.

2. The time will vary greatly depending on the boot device (regular hard disk, Velociraptor, SSD); the version of Windows being booted, drivers, etc.

Granted, you could use a standard hardware configuration and Windows installation to reduce the number of variables in #2, but I don't think that many people would find it useful. FWIW I didn't notice the board being particularly speedy or slow.
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# RE: RE: RE: Intel DZ77GA-70K Benchmark Performance TestsJustin 2012-05-08 23:29
Thanks for the reply David! Whilst it's true that most people only boot up their system once per day (in fact I only do it twice) I can guarantee you that the average person cares more about how long their machine takes to boot up than some slight differences in benchmarks that are never actually felt by the end-user.

For reference try googling it and see dozens and dozens (hundreds even?) of people on tech forums around the world trying to find this information out :).

Or head over to anandtech and see how almost all of the positive comments mention POST time benchmarking as a great review feature.

As to hardware variability, I would assume by now that any enthusiast knows that overall boot time is greatly effected by hardware, most notably HDD/SSD. However POST time can still make 20 seconds of difference in startup time, considering most machines with SSDs start up in well under a minute, you can see how a lot of everyday users would like to see how they could shave most of this time off.

Once again, thank-you for the great review and for the reply :).
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: Intel DZ77GA-70K Benchmark Performance TestsErick 2012-06-23 12:26
The problem with this question is that boot up time has too many variables that are far more dependent on configuration and other hardware. Did you enable RAID? Well, there's a controller that must be loaded. What boot order and devices did you enable? It may have to check for USB devices. Is RAM test enabled? Quick or full? How much? What operation system, boot loader, drivers, and services?

If you want a fast bootup: you should disable all of the motherboard features you don't use, use a small and fast boot device like a SSD without RAID, and don't install drivers and services unless you absolutely need it.
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