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MSI Z370 PC Pro Motherboard Review

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.

M.2 PCIe Performance

For M.2 testing we use a Toshiba OCZ RD400 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.

M.2 performance is as expected for this drive in PCIe 3.0 X4 32Gbps slot, and both M.2 slots on this motherboard operate at this speed. There is no M.2 shield provided so our M.2 drive experienced thermal throttling.

USB Performance

We test USB 3.0 and 3.1 performance using a pair of Transcend SSD370S 512GB SSDs in RAID 0 connected to an Icy Box RD2253-U31 2-bay USB 3.1 enclosure powered by an ASMedia ASM1352R controller.

USB 3.1 and 3.0 performance was standard fare.

SATA 6Gbps Performance

For SATA 6Gbps testing we use an OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD.

SATA performance was as expected.

Audio

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. A sampling mode of 24-bit, 192 kHz is tested where available. If unavailable the closest alternative operating mode available is used and clearly marked.

Audio performance reflects the codec used, Realtek ALC887, and performance results were similar to the ASRock H370M-ITX/ac which uses Realtek ALC892. Keep in mind that Realtek ALC887 is almost a decade old now whereas most modern mid-range to high-end motherboards are using the new Realtek ALC1220 codec.

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