EVGA Z77 FTW Intel Z77 Motherboard ReviewMon, Jul 16, 2012 - 12:00 AM
Mass Effect 3
Not everyone will survive. An ancient alien race, known only as “Reapers”, has launched an all-out invasion leaving nothing but a trail of destruction in their wake. Earth has been taken, the galaxy is on the verge of total annihilation, and you are the only one who can stop them. The price of failure is extinction. You are Commander Shepard, a character that you can forge in your own image. You determine how events will play out, which planets to explore, and whom to form alliances with as you rally a force to eliminate the Reaper threat once and for all. How you wage this war is completely up to you: go into combat with guns blazing or use cover to plan a more tactical assault. Utilize your squad to full effect or take a lone wolf approach. Rain death from a distance or go toe–to-toe with enemies using devastating melee attacks. Mass Effect 3 will react to each decision you make as you play through a truly unique experience of your own creation. The war for Earth has begun, decide how it ends.
The graphics settings in Mass Effect 3 are pretty limited. We had Antialiasing and Dynamic Shadows both enabled. In order to disable the VSync we edited the configuration file and added the lines; ‘UseVsync=False’ and ‘SmoothFramerate=False’. If you want to edit your configuration file you can find it at ‘C:Usersyour usernameDocumentsBioWareMass Effect 3BIOGameConfigGamerSettings.ini’.
Benchmark Results: The EVGA Z77 FTW galls right into the middle of the charts in Mass Effect 3. Running Mass Effect 3 at 1280×1024 the EVGA Z77 FTW was able to average 150.192 frames per second, only 2.3 frames per second behind the chart topping GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H that averaged 152.525 fps. Increasing the resolution to 1920×1080 the EVGA Z77 FTW was able to average 108.65 frames per second which puts it in the fourth position in the charts.