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ASRock Z68 Extreme7 Gen3 (Intel Z68) Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 1155 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 5, 2011 3:16 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASRock

3DMark 11

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0

Developer Homepage: http://www.futuremark.com

Product Homepage: http://www.3dmark.com/3dmark11/

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3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world's most popular benchmark. Designed to measure your PC's gaming performance 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.

 

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Metro 2033

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Latest Steam Update

Timedemo or Level Used: Built in Benchmark

Developer Homepage: http://www.4a-games.com//

Product Homepage: http://metro.thq.com/

 

Metro 2033 is an action-oriented video game with a combination of survival horror and first-person shooter elements. The game is based on the novel Metro 2033 by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was developed by 4A Games in Ukraine and released in March 2010 for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360.[3] In March 2006, 4A Games announced a partnership with Glukhovsky to collaborate on the game.[4] The game was announced at the 2009 Games Convention in Leipzig;[5] a first trailer came along with the announcement.[6] A sequel was announced, currently titled Metro: Last Light.

 

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We can see at stock there's not a big difference between the boards, but overclocked manages to see a nice little boost in our Performance Preset. Interestingly also was the fact that Metro 2033 saw an increase in performance. We haven't seen Metro benefit from the overclock before; we wonder if it's just the ASRock board, the integration of the NF200 chipset or maybe the PCIe 3.0 connectivity. We'll no doubt see if this trend continues as we test more and more boards with PCIe 3.0. We did double check the results, though, and they were consistently up on Metro 2033 when overclocked.

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