ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Intel Z68 Motherboard Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures
We will be running the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 through a full battery of benchmarks.  Once again here are the specifications of our entire testing system.

Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850
Memory: Patriot Viper Xtreme Division 2 DDR3-1866 8GB
Storage: Western Digital 1TB SATA 6GB/s hard drive
Optical: ASUS Blu-ray Drive
Power: OCZ ZX-Series 850W
Case: Cubitek Tank XL-ATX
Cooling: Thermaltake FRIO

We will be testing the Core i5-2500K at its stock speed of 3.3GHz and then again at the maxoverclock of 4.4GHz.  We have our benchmarks divided into 4 different categories.

CPU Testing
SiSoftware Sandra (download)
– Processor Arithmetic Benchmark
– Processor Multimedia Benchmark
AIDA64 Extreme Edition (download)
– CPU Queen
– CPU PhotoWorxx
– CPU ZLib
– CPU AES

System & Memory Testing
PCMark 7 (download)
PCMark Vantage (download)
AIDA64 Extreme Edition (download)
– Cache & Memory Benchmark

Video Testing
3DMark Vantage (download)
Heaven Demo 2.1 (download)
Stone Giant (download)

Gaming Testing
Alien vs. Predator
DiRT 3
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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