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ASUS P8Z77 WS Workstation Z77 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS

Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

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To verify that the motherboard works as advertised, the board was run through a series of benchmarks. In most cases, the results are presented for the motherboard under review as well as a different similar-class motherboard for performance comparison purposes. The benchmark tests used should give you a good understanding of the board’s capabilities for both office and gaming use so that you, the reader, can make a more informed purchasing decision.

Test System Setup


Intel Core i5-3570K
(3.4GHz, 34 x 100MHz Base Clock)




G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 modules
(1600MHz, 11-11-11-30-1T)

Hard Drive

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III HD

Sound Card

Onboard sound

Video Card

AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB

CPU Cooling

Corsair Nautilus 500
Swiftech MCR320-QP Radiator
Swiftech Apogee HD water block

Video Drivers

AMD ATI Catalyst 12.8

Power Supply

Corsair 650w

Operating System

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

The 64-bit test bench used for LGA1155 board testing includes an Intel Core i5-3570K CPU, 8GB of DDR3-2133 memory, an AMD Radeon 5870 1GB video card, and a Western Digital Black 1TB SATA hard drive. Using the selected components gives us the ability to demonstrate the motherboard’s capabilities rather than that of the components themselves.

Benchmark Tests used for evaluation:

- SoftPerfect Research NetWorx Speed Tesy
- ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.47
- LinX Intel Linpack Benchmark v0.6.4
- SiSoft Sandra 2012
- Handbrake video transcoder v0.9.8
- FutureMark PCMark 7 Basic
- Batman: Arkham City
- Hard Reset
- FutureMark 3DMark 11 Basic

November 3, 2012 | 01:29 AM - Posted by razor512

In looking at the components on the board and comparing it to other gaming ones, most of the components are the same (just wish I could see which VRM's it was using)

I am not seeing where all of those additional cost are coming from.

November 10, 2012 | 09:42 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Some of the additional costs come from the dual Intel-based NICs.  Not only are they true Intel GigE NICS, but the NICs themselves are the L-series that are server-class adapters.

Most manufacturers only include a single Intel NIC (when doing dual-NIC config) or pass on Intel NICs entirely for the cheaper Realtek or Marvell based NICs.

November 6, 2012 | 08:11 PM - Posted by anandtech (not verified)

Go4 thunderbolt motherboard, think about the future.

February 27, 2013 | 12:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Buy an addon card.. ..think about the present

December 21, 2012 | 03:46 AM - Posted by meceil (not verified)

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