3D Performance ResultsOnce we completed our CPU test suite, we took some time to play some games with the TPU community to get an overall feel for gaming on the GigabyteX79S-UP5 WiFi. We settled in to complete our 3D benchmarking after a couple of days, feeling confident that the Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi was going to put on a good show. Let's take a look at what numbers the board provided.
Once we ran 3DMark11, it became clear that a trend was emerging - one that has the Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi as the fastest tested product.
I've recently added PCMark 07 and 3DMark 11 testing. Here, the Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi performs pretty horribly, and I am not exactly sure why.
Shogun 2 is also a new benchmark in my main testing suite. It has proven to be very sensitive to changes that might affect system performance, serving as a good indicator of overall gaming performance. Here the Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi wins again, but that's no surprise, is it?
Our second real-world 3D performance test comes from CodeMasters, in the form of the "F1 2010" included benchmark. We let the game recommend us settings, which included 8xAA with our dual HD 7950 3 GB cards from Gigabyte. F1 2010 proves to be one of my personal favorites, and the Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi managed to really step up to the top, leaving the two Intel Z77 Express boards behind to the tune of 17 FPS! A Workstation board beating out gaming boards!
With the CPU and 3D performance compares out of the way, I took a closer look at the other performance features offered by the Gigabyte X79S-UP5 WiFi.