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GIGABYTE Z77-HD4 (Intel Z77) Motherboard Review - System Benchmarks

GIGABYTE Z77-HD4 (Intel Z77) Motherboard Review

We check out an aggressively priced motherboard from GIGABYTE in the form of the Z77-HD4. It surprised us in a good way during our overclocking tests.

| Socket LGA 1155 in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 4:25 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%      Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

PCMark 7

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.04

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

Product Homepage: http://www.pcmark.com

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PCMark 7 includes a range of tests that give different views of your system's performance. In the Advanced Edition you can choose which tests to run. The common use and hardware component tests are unavailable in the Basic Edition.

 

Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. This is the only test that returns an official PCMark score. The Lightweight test measures the system capabilities of entry-level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the PCMark test, but it does not generate a PCMark score. Common use performance is measured by the scenario tests - Entertainment, Creativity and Production - each of which results in a scenario score. Hardware component performance is measured by the hardware tests - Computation and Storage - each of which results in a hardware score.

 

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MediaEspresso

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 6.5

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

Product Homepage: http://www.cyberlink.com/products/mediaespresso/overview_en_AU.html?fileName=overview&r=1

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MediaEspresso is a blazingly fast media universal converter that can transcode your videos, photos and music files and out put them to a huge range of portable devices including mobile phones, portable media players and even game consoles. With technologies like Smart Detect, Direct Sync and CyberLink's TrueTheater™ video enhancements, you can not only forget about complicated format, resolution and output settings, but your converted file will come out the other side looking better than when it went in!

 

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PCMark 7 performance out the gate looks good compared to the other boards here. The same can be said for MediaEspresso results which sees not too much separate all boards.

 

With that said we do see the GIGABYTE offerings fall into the 19 minute mark compared to the other two Z77 boards here that come in at 17:54 and 18.39. As you'd hope, though, as soon as we throw overclocking into the mix, we see some strong gains and our MediaEspresso encode comes down to 16 minutes and 6 seconds.

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