Synthetic Benchmark Testing
SiSoft Sandra 2012
The Sandra benchmarks remain a fast and easy way to determine how well the system's CPU and memory are functioning. The Z87H3-A3X performs within expectations in comparison to the other Intel Z87 systems, indicating that the CPU and memory subsystems are operating optimally.
LinX is a graphical interface for CPU-based testing using the Intel Linpack benchmarks. It serves as a good indicator of proper system CPU functioning and is considered one of the most intensive CPU benchmarks currently available. LinX was run with Memory set to All and for a total of 3 runs. This test was repeated three times with the highest repeatable GFlops (Giga-Floating Point Operations Per Second) score recorded.
This CPU torture test is a proven method for outing problems with the design of the CPU to motherboard interface. No problems were encountered with the Z87H3-A3X's performance in this test.
Multimedia and System Benchmark Testing
Handbrake was used to convert an uncompressed version of the Iron Man Blu-ray movie in MKV format to a compressed 720P MP4 format. The Iron Man MKV file was ripped from the Blu-ray disc in the past with the file size for the uncompressed media coming in at 26 GB. Handbrake was run with default settings enforced with the exception of Anamorphic set to Loose and Video width set to 1280. This test was repeated three times with the lowest repeatable conversion time recorded.
Video encoding is one of the more system intensive operations with good performance in the benchmark indicative of strong overall board performance. Again, the Z87H3-A3X performs on par with the other Z87-based systems.
Maxon Cinebench 11.5
Maxon’s Cinebench 11.5 benchmark can be used determine a system's ability to render 3D content based on their Cinema 4D animation software. The CPU benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible Cinebench points score recorded.
The Z87H3-A3X has no problem with this benchmark, giving its competitors a run for their money.
PCMark 7 Professional
Future Mark Corporation’s PCMark 7 can be used to reliably ascertain a given system’s performance in a Windows 7-based non-gaming type use environment. The professional version of the benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible PCMark scores recorded.
This business application-centered benchmark proves out the performance potential of the Z87H3-A3X with the board performing admirably across all tests.