We used 3DMark‘s ‘Fire Strike’ benchmark which is designed to be used on gaming PCs. We opted for the Normal setting, NOT the Extreme mode.
Sandra Processor Arithmetic
Sandra Memory Bandwidth
3DMark starts the set of benchmarks by giving ASRock’s X99E-ITX/ac a small points penalty for using 2400MHz dual-channel memory, rather than the 2666MHz quad-channel kit used by comparison motherboards. The last-place finish is only a narrow one, though.
The use of dual-channel memory results in a little over 50% of the memory bandwidth that the quad-channel kits offer. Almost 29GBps of memory bandwidth is similar to the levels seen on the Z97 platform with a similarly-clocked set of memory. The reduced memory bandwidth numbers may not translate into a real-world performance hit, though.
Sandra’s test proves that the X99E-ITX/ac motherboard’s CPU performance is as good as we would expect from any other LGA 2011-3 motherboard.