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Encoding Performance

For the first time in this review, the original Gigabyte G1.Sniper motherboard (with the Core i7-960) floated to the top of a benchmark graph, delivering nearly 2fps more than the new G1.Sniper2/Core i7-2600K in HandBrake. Interestingly, this test also caused a noticeable separation between our two Z68 boards -- if only a few frames per second.

Normalcy was restored in x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 as the G1.Sniper2 performed slightly better than the Extreme4, while the original G1.Sniper was shoved back to third place.

Gigabyte's new Z68 board maintained its partial lead in the TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress conversion test, faring three seconds better than the Extreme4.