ASUS Z87 Sabertooth Motherboard Review

Testing – Gaming & Video
Gaming performance is normally more related to your video card, but we did run some tests to see if there was any change in performance when we overclocked our processor. First up is 3DMark’s Fire Strike benchmark.

Next up is 3DMark 11 which was run on the performance setting.

Remaining one of the most popular games of 2012, Battlefield 3 is both pretty and extremely fun. Online play is stellar with a multitude of game modes, DLC packs, and weapons, keeping the gameplay fresh and exhilarating at every turn.

We set the graphics preset to Ultra and benchmarked a selection of the first “real” mission of the game, Operation Swordbreaker. We chose this sequence because it is constant. By choosing a small constant sequence (real gameplay, though, no cutscenes!), we’re able to accurately compare graphics card performance between models.

Here is the benchmarking sequence:

And here are the results:

Our last game test is Alien vs. Predator. Using DirectX11 and high quality textures, combined with ambient occlusion, tessellation and hardware-intensive anti-aliasing, it utilizes much of what your GPU can do in order to test your hardware effectively. When configuring Alien Vs. Predator, we used the following settings: Textures: Very High, Shadows: High, Anisotropic Filtering: 16x, SSAO: On, Tessellation: On, DX11 Advanced Shadows: On, MSAA: 0x.

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