ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO disk benchmark is a Windows-based utility for testing storage performance of any storage drive or controller. We use the default benchmark setup and run this on an OCZ Trion 150 SSD directly connected to the SATA ports and then again over a USB 3.0 port using a USB 3.0 to SATA III adapter.
Storage performance is also in line with what the Z170 Chipset is capable of delivering.
Rightmark Audio Analyser
Rightmark Audio Analyser is a freeware benchmarking utility designed to objectively test the performance characteristics of audio solutions. We setup a line-in line-out loop and execute the record/playback test before generating the results report you see below. This test was run at 24bit audio depth and 192KHz frequency.
The audio performance of the AURA Z170 Pro Gaming is virtually identical to the standard version and similar to other ALC1150 codec-based motherboards.
For reference the MSI motherboard in this test was benchmarked at 16-bit 192KHz, rather than 24-bit 192KHz which it didn't support, and uses the less-capable ALC892 codec.
We leave the system to idle on the Windows 10 desktop for 5 minutes before taking a reading, for CPU load results we run Cinebench and take a reading in the middle of the render progress.
Power consumption crept up by a few watts over the standard version, this is potentially margin of error but may be attributable to the extra juice required by the circuitry for RGB LEDs.
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