With the integration of the memory controller onto the processor and the disappearance of the northbridge, the performance difference between motherboards has now become almost inexistent (under normal circumstances). We did nevertheless want to check to see if performance levels were what we expected on all our test models.
PC Mark Vantage
We ran PC Mark Vantage first of all, using two tests, ‘Suite’ which uses extracts of different scenarios in the application and ‘Productivity’.
The performance of the various mobos is very similar.
Next we used 7-Zip in which we carried out a file compression in LZMA2 mode. We used a Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD connected to a 6 Gb/s port on the Z77 to carry out the test on all the motherboards. We measured compression times in seconds with a shorter time therefore being best.
Once again the performance levels of the different mobos were all extremely close. All as expected then!