EVGA Z77 Stinger mini-ITX 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 Z77 Stinger continues its strong performance in this gaming benchmark, with its scores within 2% of the competing Intel-based system.
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.
This in-game benchmark provides a better picture of the Z77 Stinger’s performance in a gaming scenario. It manages to easily keep up with the other Intel Z77 board.
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 capabilities. The benchmark test was run at a 1920x1080 resolution with all graphics settings set to High or On with the following exceptions: FSAA 4x, Anisotropic Filtering 8x, PhysX at Default.
The Z77 Stinger still manages strong performance against its Intel Z77 compatriot, further illustrating its performance strengths in real-world gaming scenarios.