Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

To verify that the motherboard works as advertised, the board was run through our standard benchmark suite. In most cases, the results are presented for the motherboard under review as well as a different similar-class motherboards for performance comparison purposes. The benchmark tests used should give you a good understanding of the board’s capabilities for both office and gaming use so that you, the reader, can make a more informed purchasing decision.

Test System Setup
Motherboards Intel Z170-based systems
ASUS Maximus VIII Impact
ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme
MSI Z170A-XPower Gaming Titanium Edition

Intel Z97-based system
ASUS Z97-Pro

Intel X99-based systems
CPU Intel Z170-based system
Intel Core i7-6700K
(4.0GHz CPU and Ring Bus, 40 x 100MHz Base Clock)

Intel Z97-based system
Intel Core i7-4770K
(3.5GHz CPU and Ring Bus, 35 x 100MHz Base Clock)

Intel X99-based systems
Intel Core i7-5960X
(3.0GHz CPU and Ring Bus, 30 x 100MHz Base Clock)
Memory Intel Z170-based system
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 modules
(1600MHz, 16-18-18-35-1T, 1.225V)

Intel Z97-based system
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 modules
(1600MHz, 9-10-9-27-1T, 1.525V)

Intel X99-based systems
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 modules
(2133MHz, 15-17-17-35-1T, 1.225V)
Hard Drive Intel 730 240GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III HD
Sound Card On-board sound
Video Card NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB
CPU Cooling XSPC Raystorm water block
Koolance CPU-360i water block
Video Drivers NVIDIA 353.62
Power Supply Corsair HX750
Operating System Windows 10 Pro x64

Test Setup Explanation

The 64-bit Windows 10 based test bench used For Intel Z170 LGA1151 board testing includes an Intel Core i7-6700K processor, 16GB of DDR4-2666 memory, an NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB video card, and an Intel 730 240GB SSD drive. For the Z97-based board testing, an Intel Core i7-4770K CPU, 16GB of DDR3-2400 memory, an NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB video card, and an Intel 730 240GB SSD drive were used in the test system. For Intel X99 LGA2011-V3 board testing includes an Intel Core i7-5960X CPU, 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, an NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB video card, and an Intel 730 240GB SSD drive. Using the selected components gives us the ability to demonstrate the motherboard's capabilities rather than that of the components themselves.

Benchmark Tests used for evaluation:

  • SoftPerfect Research NetWorx Speed Test v5.41
  • LanBench v1.1.0
  • ATTO Disk Benchmark v3.05
  • SiSoft Sandra 2015 SP2b (v2015.07.21.42)
  • Intel Linpack Benchmark v11.3.0.004
  • Maxon Cinebench R15
  • PCMark 8 v2.4.304
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