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 Z97 Classified board performed as expected in both the CPU and memory-based tests. However, there were some irregularities with memory performance and the board’s initial BIOS version. Those memory related issues were addressed with a new BIOS version provided by EVGA. Performance matching that of other similarly classed systems indicates CPU and memory subsystem performance within expected operational parameters.
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 identifying possible issues with the CPU to motherboard interface layer. The Z97 Classified’s performance fell within allowable error margins, but still managed to take a cleanup spot. We also saw performance irregularities with this test and the original board BIOS, so there are no complaints with its current performance.
Multimedia and System Benchmark Testing
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.
No surprises with the Z97 Classified’s performance here. It manages to stick close with the other test systems.