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 GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming 5 performs well in comparison to the other Z270-based systems with little variance between the 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. Again we see little variance between the Z270X-Gaming 5 board performance and the other Intel Z270 type systems, further demonstrating 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 multimedia rendering benchmark proves to be no challenge for the Z270X-Gaming 5 board with its performance falling well within expected limits.
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.
The Z270X-Gaming 5 again performed as expected in this application benchmark. The variances seen in some of the tests between the Z270X-Gaming 5 and the other Z270-based systems are more likely due to internal PCMark 8 inconsistencies rather than actual board related issues.