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ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Motherboard Review

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Intel’s Skylake processors are just the latest Intel CPU architecture to see many of the critical system operations handled by the processor. As such, benchmarking a motherboard becomes more of a test to certify that the part operates correctly and meets the anticipated performance levels.

Z170 Motherboard Test System:

Comparison Z170 Motherboards:

Software:

  • ASUS BIOS 1206 (Release Date 09/03/2016)
  • Nvidia GeForce 364.72 WHQL Driver

Tests:

  • Cinebench R15 – all core CPU test and CPU power consumption figures.
  • Handbrake – converting a short 720p movie file into a smartphone suitable format using the Android preset.
  • SiSoft Sandra – processor arithmetic and memory bandwidth test sequences.
  • AIDA 64 Engineer – memory and cache test.
  • 3DMark – Firestrike (1080p) test.
  • Ashes of the Singularity – built-in benchmark tool @ 1080p using the Crazy preset.
  • Unigine Valley – built-in benchmark using the Extreme HD preset.
  • Rightmark Audio Analyser – record and playback test using a line-in to line-out loopback on a high quality gold-plated 3.5mm cable.
  • ATTO – default disk benchmark for SATA and USB testing

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