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 Z170-Lightsaber board performed within expectations in comparison to the other Z170-based systems, indicating 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. The ECS Z170-Lightsaber continues to perform well with respect to the other Z170 boards, further supporting the board's proper functioning and 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.
In the multimedia benchmark, the Z170-Lightsaber again performs well against the other test 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 the Z170-Lightsaber's performance fell slightly behind that of the other Z170 and Z270 board's tested, it did manage to stay ahead of the Intel X99-based system. The performance differences seen here may be attributable to oddities with the benchmark test suite itself rather than actual design related issues with the board.