Synthetic Benchmark Testing
SiSoft Sandra 2015 SP2b
The Sandra benchmarks remains a fast and easy way to determine system quality from a CPU and memory subsystem perspective. With the Sandra 2015 suite, the Maximus VIII Impact performed on par with the other Intel Z170-based systems, indicating proper CPU and memory subsystem operation.
Intel Linpack Benchmark v11.3.0.004
The current version of the Intel Linpack benchmark comes with a batch file to run from the command-line interface for running the Linpack tests. It serves as a good indicator of proper system CPU functioning and is considered one of the most intensive CPU benchmarks currently available. 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. The Maximus VIII Impact again performs within expectations compared with the other Z170-based systems, further indicating the board's optimal design.
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.
The Maximus VIII Impact performed strongly in this multimedia benchmark with its falling in-line with the other Z170-based systems.
FutureMark PCMark 8
FutureMark Corporation’s PCMark 8 can be used to reliably ascertain a system’s performance in a Windows 10-based use environment. The benchmark tests chosen for benchmarking included the Home test, Creative test, Work test, and Applications test in conjunction with Adobe Creative Suite 6.0). All test suites within the PCMark 8 benchmark were run three times, with the highest reproducible PCMark scores recorded.
While its performance lags slightly behind the other test systems in several of the tests, the Maximus VIII Impact's performance still falls within acceptable ranges compared wiht the other Z170-based test systems.