G1.Sniper 3 Review - PLX8747 vs. NF200 vs. Native Z77 and Z68

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PLX8747 vs. NF200 vs. Native Z77 and Z68


This is what everyone was waiting for, the PLX 8747 versus the NF200, the new kid on the block versus the old and trusted. However why are we changing now? The answer is because the NF200 doesn’t support PCI-E 3.0. This must be something that really angers NVIDIA, as they just lost all possible sales of the NF200 (maybe sapphire might try it out).

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 Above are 4 boards used (I forgot to take a picture of the 5th, Z77X-UD3H). Now each board represents a specific platform configuration.

Name of board= PCI-E Controller, PCI-E configurations, Any Special Gaming ICs? , PCI-E Mode capability
Z77X-UD5H= Native Z77 platform, 8x/8x and 16x/0x, Basic Z77 IC configuration, PCI-E 3.0 capable
G1.Sniper M3= Native Z77 platform, 8x/8x and 16x/0x, Enhanced Z77 IC configuration, PCI-E 3.0 capable
G1. Sniper 3= PLX 8747, 16x/16x, 16x/0x, 16x/8x/8x/0x, 8x/8x/8x/8x, Enhanced Z77 IC configuration, PCI-E 3.0 capable
Z68X-UD3H= Native Z68 Platform, 8x/8x and 16x/0x, Basic Z68 IC Configuration, PCI-E 2.0 capable
Z68X-UD7= NF200, 16x/16x, 16x/0x, 16x/8x/8x, Basic Z77 IC Configuration, PCI-E 2.0 capable

Test Setup:

 

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 All boards on the latest BIOS, however the issue is that I could only test at 3.5GHz, so to reduce the bottleneck of the CPU I lowered resolution very low as to help un bottleneck. The only test in which it seems to still be bottlenecked is Battlefield 3, however new BIOS for the Z68 boards are helping to allow Ivy Bridge Multiplier OC, UD3H is already capable, but the UD7 BIOS is in route. Once those BIOS come out I will try to expand the tests and run them again, as well as try better GPUs. However GPU configuration here will be important, as these GPUs aren’t bandwidth hungry like the new ones, and that could make a big difference(in favor of the PLX). The more bandwidth a GPU needs, the more it will like the PCI-E bridge chips and perform better with them compared to native. However even with my PCI-E 2.0 GPUs, we can see improvement in 2-way SLI on PLX versus native, which surprised me as I thought the gains would be much less. I ran all these tests a minimum of 3 times, and then I took the average for the average FPS and used the median score for the benchmarks.


Are you guys ready?

 

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 The battle has begun!

 

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