Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme Motherboard Review

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: Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme
Memory: 4GB DDR3-1066
Storage: Samsung 750GB SATA Drive
Optical: ASUS Blu-ray Drive
Power: OCZ ZX-Series 850W
Cooling: Thermaltake FRIO

Opening up CPU you can see the specs on our system.

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Here are the benchmarks we will be running.

SiSoftware Sandra (download)
– Overall System Benchmark
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multimedia
– Physical Disks
AIDA64 (download)
– Cache & Memory Benchmark
PCMark 7 (download)
PCMark Vantage (download)
3DMark Vantage (download)
Geekbench (download)

Before we get into testing let’s run the Windows 7 Experience Index.  The Windows 7 Experience index rates your systems components on a scale from 1.0 to 7.9.  Our system scored a 5.9 which is pretty good.

Once I had the system setup I installed Boxee and a few other programs.  I connected the system to my 42-inch LCD via HDMI and used it as a media center for about a week.  I used Boxee mainly, but also I streamed Netflix.  I played 720p and 1080p movies without any issues.  When playing 1080p movies the CPU usage was about 25-30%.

Another thing I tested was gaming on the integrated Geforce GT 430.  Usually with a graphics card like this I test the Source Engine using Counter-Strike: Source.  I first tried running the built-in stress test but each time I ran it, it would crash the system, even at lower resolutions.  So I just played the game for a few hours and everything seemed to be fine.  I’m not sure why the stress did not work but every source game I played worked perfectly fine.

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