EVGA Z77 Stinger mini-ITX Motherboard Review
Synthetic and System Benchmark Testing
SiSoft Sandra 2012
In both the SiSoft Sandra-based CPU arithmetic and memory bandwidth tests, the Z77 Stinger motherboard easily matched performance with the other Intel Z77-based system. The reported results indicate that the CPU and memory subsystems are functioning correctly.
LinX is a graphical interface for CPU-based testing using the Intel Linpack benchmarks. It serves as a good indicator of proper system CPU functioning and is considered one of the most intensive CPU benchmarks currently available. LinX was run with Memory set to All and for a total of 3 runs. This test was repeated three times with the highest repeatable GFlops (Giga-Floating Point Operations Per Second) score recorded.
The Z77 Stinger performs as expected in comparison to the other test system, again illustrating a well-designed CPU to board interface.
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.
The Z77 Stinger continues to perform well with a very telling 35 minute encode of the 2+ hour Iron Man movie file. This is one of the more critical tests for determining board performance and stability because of the intensive nature of video encoding.
PCMark 7 Basic
FutureMark 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 basic version of the benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible PCMark score recorded.
The Z77 Stinger continues its strong showing against the comparison system in this business application-based test.