ECS Golden Board Z77H2-AX Z77 Motherboard Review
Gaming Benchmark Testing
FutureMark Corporation’s 3DMark 11 is a reliable test for determining a system’s performance in DirectX 11 type games. The benchmark measures both graphics-based and PhysX-based system capabilities. The basic version of the benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible 3DMark scores recorded.
The Z77H2-AX fared a bit worse in these tests then its competitor, lagging by almost 5% across the board. It did manage to make up some ground in the PhysX tests due to the test’s heavy reliance on raw CPU performance.
Batman: Arkham City Benchmark
The in-game benchmark utility in Batman: Arkham City gives a real-world approximation of how well a system will perform in a DirectX 11-based game. The benchmark test was run at a 1920x1080 resolution with all graphics settings set to High or On with the following exceptions: FXAA High, DX11 enabled, PhysX disabled.
Here we see the Z77H2-AX matching performance of the other Intel-based system, giving a better picture of how the board would function in a more realistic gaming scenario.
Hard Reset Benchmark
The in-game benchmark utility in Hard Reset gives a real-world approximation of how well a system will perform in a DirectX 9c-based game. The game engine was heavily modified by Flying Wild Hog studios to give DirectX 11-like graphical and PhysX abilities. The benchmark test was run at a 1920x1080 resolution with all graphics settings set to High or On with the following exceptions: FXAA 4x, Anisotropic Filtering 8x, PhysX at default.
Again, the Z77H2-AX performs on par with the other Intel Z77 system, further illustrating its performance-potential in everyday type gaming scenarios.