ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
Multimedia and System Benchmark Testing
Handbrake was used to convert an uncompressed version of the Iron Man Blu-ray movie in MKV format to a compressed 720P MP4 format. The Iron Man MKV file was ripped from the Blu-ray disc in the past with the file size for the uncompressed media coming in at 26 GB. Handbrake was run with default settings enforced with the exception of Anamorphic set to Loose and Video width set to 1280. This test was repeated three times with the lowest repeatable conversion time recorded.
In this system intensive video encoding test, the P8Z77-I Deluxe managed to stick close to the other two boards tested. Video encoding is one of the more system intensive operations, with good performance in the benchmark indicative of similar board performance.
Maxon Cinebench 11.5
Maxon’s Cinebench 11.5 benchmark can be used determine a system's ability to render 3D content based on their Cinema 4D animation software. The CPU benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible Cinebench points score recorded.
The P8Z77-I Deluxe again managed to hold its own in comparison with the other Intel Z77-based systems.
Tech ARP x264 HD Benchmark
Tech ARP's x264 HD benchmark can be used to determine how fast the system can encode a 1080p type video clip to an x264-type format. The benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible FPS (Frames per second) score recorded.
Again, the P8Z77-I Deluxe holds its own against its full-sized competitor.
PCMark 7 Professional
Future Mark Corporation’s PCMark 7 can be used to reliably ascertain a given system’s performance in a Windows 7-based non-gaming type use environment. The professional version of the benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible PCMark scores recorded.
While the P8Z77-I Deluxe's performance falters slightly in this benchmark, it remains within 5-10% of the competition performance-wise. The performance loss witnessed would be hardly noticeable while using real-world business applications because normal use is not as intensive as the benchmark testing use patterns performed.