ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Intel Z77 Motherboard Review

System Overview and Testing Procedures
Our Z77 test system is comprised of the following components.

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6
Video Card: Sparkle Calibre nVidia GTX x480
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline DDR3 1600MHz
Power Supply: OCZ ZX850
Storage: 128GB Plextor M3 SSD
Cooling: Thermaltake WATER2.0 Performer
Case: NZXT Phantom

We will be testing the system at the Core i5-3570K’s stock speed of 3.4GHz and again at our chosen overclock of 4.5GHz.  Here are the tests we will be running.

CPU & Memory Testing
SiSoftware Sandra
– Processor Arithmetic Benchmark
– Processor Multimedia Benchmark
AIDA64 Extreme Edition
– Cache & Memory Benchmark

System Testing
SiSoftware Sandra
– Overall Benchmark
PCMark 7
PCMark Vantage
PassMark Performance Test 7.0

Video Testing
3DMark 11
3DMark Vantage
Heaven Demo 2.5
Stone Giant

Game Testing
Alien vs Predator
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat
Battlefield 3