The Sandy Bridge platform is fully unleashed.
For testing these motherboards, we have used our resident testbed components:
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600K
GPU: Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition
RAM: Kingston HyperX T1 4GB DDR3-2133 MHz
PSU: Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold
HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1
For comparisons between the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD and ASUS P8Z68-V Pro I have used our resident testbed Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard.
The Gigabyte Z68 board has the clear lead in all the benchmarks, reminding me once again why I decided to use the Gigabyte P67A-UD7 as the motherboard of choice for our resident testbed. It seems that Gigabyte’s stock settings seem to squeeze out every little drop of performance from all components. That said the ASUS Z68 board isn’t far behind either.