Synthetic Benchmark Testing
SiSoft Sandra 2014 SP3
The Sandra benchmarks remain a fast and easy way to determine system quality from a CPU and memory subsystem perspective. The Z170-A performance falls in between that of the Z97 and X99-based systems, as expected because of the Skylake processor enhancements as well as the dual channel DDR4 memory used with the Z170-A system.
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. Surprisingly, the Z170-A system's performance falls slightly behind that of the Z97-based system. This is surprising because of the higher default clock speed of the i7-6700K processor used with the Z170-A motherboard.
Multimedia and System Benchmark Testing
Maxon Cinebench R15
Maxon’s Cinebench R15 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.
In this multimedia benchmark, the Z170-A's performance falls more within expectations in between that of the Z97 and X99-based systems.