GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5 TH Intel Z87 Thunderbolt Motherboard Review
On March 5th, 2013 Square Enix released Tomb Raider, billed as a reboot of the franchise. In Tomb Raider, the player is confronted with a much younger Lara Croft who is shipwrecked and finds herself stranded on a mysterious island rife with danger, both natural and human. In contrast to the earlier games Croft is portrayed as vulnerable, acting out of necessity, desperation and sheer survival rather than for a greater cause or personal gain.
The game has been built on Crystal Dynamics’s game engine called the “Crystal Engine” and the graphics look fantastic. AMD and Crystal Dyanmic’s worked on a new technology called TressFX Hair, which AMD describes as the worlds first in-game implementation of a real-time, per-strand hair physics system for this game title. We set the image quality to ultimate for benchmarking, but we disabled TressFX Hair under the advanced tab to be fair to NVIDIA graphics cards that don’t support the feature.
Benchmark Results: In the Tomb Raider benchmark the GIGABYTE Z87X-UD5 TH was barely able to top the competition. Running the benchmark at 1280×1024 it averaged 114.70 frames per second, a whole .07 fps faster than the ECS Drone. Cranking up the resolution to 1920×1080 the Z87X-UD5 TH was able to average 83.93 frames per second, .2 fps faster than the ECS Z87H3-A3X Drone.