Intel Z77 Chipset Launch Roundup

6. MSI Z77A-GD558. Platform Benchmarks


Intel Z77 Chipset Launch Article, featuring ASRock, ASUS, ECS, Intel and MSI Motherboards

Test System and Methodology

ASRock Z77 Extreme4
ASUS Maximus V Gene
ECS Z77H2-AX
Intel DZ77GA-70K
MSI Z77A-GD55

ASRock Z68 Fatality Professional Gen3

Intel Core i7-2700K
2x 2GB Geil DDR3-2133
2x Radeon HD 7950 3GB


Corsair H100 Liquid Cooler

Noctua Paste

Corsair AX1200 PSU
OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 240GB SSD (SATA Testing)
OCZ Enyo USB 3.0 SSD (USB 3.0 Testing)
OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 (PCIe Testing)

Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard

Roccat Kone[+] Mouse
SteelSeries 7H Headset

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
Catalyst 12.3
DirectX 11
Intel 9.3 Chipset
Intel RST 11.1/3.0
Realtek 2.68 Audio

SiSoft Sandra

ATTO Disk Benchmark

3DMark 2011 Professional
PCMark 7
Adobe CS5.5 Master Suite
dBpoweramp
Cinebench R11.5 x64
Google Chrome
Flash Player 11
Fraps
Battlefield 3

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 7 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

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