ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX Motherboard Review
Battlefield 3 (BF3) is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released in North America on October 25, 2011 and in Europe on October 28, 2011. It does not support versions of Windows prior to Windows Vista as the game only supports DirectX 10 and 11.
It is a direct sequel to 2005’s Battlefield 2, and the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise. The game sold 5 million copies in its first week of release and the PC download is exclusive to EA’s Origin platform, through which PC users also authenticate when connecting to the game.
Battlefield 3 debuts the new Frostbite 2 engine. This updated Frostbite engine can realistically portray the destruction of buildings and scenery to a greater extent than previous versions. Unlike previous iterations, the new version can also support dense urban areas. Battlefield 3 uses a new type of character animation technology called ANT. ANT technology is used in EA Sports games, such as FIFA, but for Battlefield 3 is adapted to create a more realistic soldier, with the ability to transition into cover and turn the head before the body.
This game looks great and we tested with the highest settings possible. This means we used ‘ultra’ settings and really punished the cards being tested. We ran FRAPS for two minutes on the single player map called ‘Rock and a Hard Place’ for benchmarking.
Benchmark Results: On the previous page, the ASRock Z77E-ITX was at the top of the charts in 3DMark 11. This time around the tables have turned, and the ASRock Z77E-ITX motherboard drops to the bottom of the charts. To be fair, there is only .741 frames per second separating the ASRock Z77E-ITX from the top spot which is less than 1%. If we were to sort the chart by 1920×1080, the ASRock Z77E-ITX would slide up a spot into third, but once again there is a very small margin between all of the boards.