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Six $160-220 Z77 Motherboards, Benchmarked And Reviewed

Benchmark Results: Productivity

A tiny default overclock allows Gigabyte to shave a fraction of a second from our Photoshop benchmark, a difference that rounds up to a full second.

We see the same overclocking advantage in 3ds Max, though Biostar’s slight performance loss defies such an easy explanation.

Asus takes a barely-noticeable loss in WinZip, which is a somewhat inconsistent benchmark anyway. We retested many times, but could not identify the cause of its slight deficiency.

ASRock wins ABBYY FineReader, and any signs of Gigabyte’s former lead or Asus’ odd loss are gone.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.