Synthetic Benchmark Testing
SiSoft Sandra 2017 SP2
SiSoftware's Sandra benchmark is an industry-standard suite for measuring various aspects of a system's performance. We use the CPU and memory-subsystem tests to validate how well those subsystems perform related to similarly classed boards. This test was repeated three times with the highest repeatable scores recorded from each benchmark.
The Sandra benchmarks remain a fast and easy way to determine system quality from a CPU and memory subsystem perspective. The Z390 AORUS Pro motherboard performed well, matching performance with the similarly classed Intel Z370-based systems using the same CPU. This CPU and memory performance parity indicates proper CPU and memory subsystem operation.
Multimedia and System Benchmark Testing
Handbrake was used to convert an uncompressed version of the Iron Man Blu-ray movie in MKV format to a compressed 1080P30 MP4 format. The Iron Man MKV file was ripped from the Blu-ray disc in the past with the file size for the uncompressed media coming in at 26 GB. Handbrake was run with the Fast 1080p30 preset settings enforced with the exception of Anamorphic set to Loose. This test was repeated three times with the lowest repeatable conversion time recorded.
Video encoding is one of the more system intensive operations, making it a good test to measure system performance quirks under elevated usage scenarios. The Z390 AORUS Pro motherboard again performs strongly with its scores matching those of the Intel Z370 board as expected.
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 Z390 AORUS Pro continued to perform as anticipated with performance matching the similarly classed Intel Z370 board.
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 PCMark Applications test was not included because of issues encountered between the benchmark and the version of Windows 10 used for testing.
The Z390 AORUS Pro motherboard's performance fell short compared to the Intel Z370-based system, lagging by 5% in some cases. However, its performance remains strong in comparison to the X299 based system and its performance shortcomings may have more to do with quirks in the benchmark rather than board-related issues.
Unfortunately, GIGABYTE did
Unfortunately, GIGABYTE did not integrate direct RGB LED control into this board’s UEFI.
The ability to switch off LED’s in the UEFI is nice though. Not having to run a buggy app that requires administrator privileges and installs firewall exceptions (looking at you MSI) is a pleasant change.
The Z390 AORUS Pro features a
The Z390 AORUS Pro features a matte black PCB, armored rear panel assembly, and an integrated rear panel shield.