Real World Gaming – Battlefield 3 (DX11 / 7950 CrossFire)
Battlefield 3 was tested at 1920×1080 with 4xAA, 16xAF and all other settings at their maximum.
Battlefield 3 shows a great set of results from the Z77 when combined with an i7-2700K and dual 7950s. Framerates are flawless and as with 3DMark it will be interesting to see if a next gen CPU, which this board fully supports, offers additional performance thanks to the PCIe 3.0 functionality it will enable.
Here is an example of how the game looks at our tested settings.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK vs. MSI Z97 Gaming 5 vs Asus Maximus VII Hero
It is probably fair to say that Intel don't stealth launch their products... sure they have NDAs but by the time those expire we know pretty much everything about a new product. Part of this is of their own...