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Seven Sub-$160 Z77 Express Motherboards, Reviewed

Benchmark Results: PCMark And Sandra

We’re still primarily looking for broken parts or artificially inflated scores (and hoping not to find any). PCMark shows the performance parity we expected.

Ocassionally, we find a company trying to beat the system by altering its base clock setting to operate beyond the 100 MHz specification. With a stock BCLK overclock of only 0.03%, Asus’s P8Z77-V LX finds itself atop Sandra’s CPU Arithmetic chart.

Asus’ tiny lead continues through Sandra's Multi-Media module.

ECS falls to the bottom of an otherwise-mundane Sandra Memory Bandwidth chart, while Biostar, Gigabyte, and Asus pick up a few nanoseconds in its Memory Latency tests. Tighter default timings can lead to lower DRAM overclocks, so we’re interested to see how these three boards fare in our overclocking evaluation.

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