Synthetic Benchmark Testing
SiSoft Sandra 2016 SP1a
The Sandra benchmarks remain a fast and easy way to determine system quality from a CPU and memory subsystem perspective. The TUF Z270 Mark 1 motherboard performs as anticipated, matching performance with the other Z270 test systems. This indicates proper CPU and memory subsystem operation.
Intel Linpack Benchmark v2017.4.014
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 layer. While the TUF Z270 Mark 1 board's performance falls slight behind the other Z270-based boards in this test, its performance is within allowable lower variances. This still demonstrates that the board is work properly with its sub-par performance more a sign of UEFI maturation issues rather than a problem with the board's 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.
We again see the TUF Z270 Mark 1's performance fall slightly behind the other Z270-based systems but remains ahead of the Z170 system's performance. As stated before, this is mostly likely a sign of an immature platform rather than an actual design flaw with the board itself.
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, and Work test. All test suites within the PCMark 8 benchmark were run three times, with the highest reproducible PCMark scores recorded. Note that the Applications test results were not included because of issues encountered between the benchmark and the version of Windows 10 used for testing.
In a show of strength, the TUF Z270 Mark 1 motherboard reversed its performance trends and manages to match or beat out the other Z270-based systems in this application-centric benchmark suite.