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MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Carbon 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 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.

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USB 3.0 and SATA III performance delivered no surprises as they are consistent across Intel’s chipsets, in the future we hope to implement M.2 NVMe and USB 3.1 testing to stress the new connectivity standards.

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 16bit audio depth and 192KHz frequency.

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The audio results were very good and we’d expect nothing less from a board of this price point. RightMark shows us that the quantitative performance is on point and the qualitative listening experience is helped by the amplifiers and the Nahimic software.

We’d imagine the large 6.35mm jack comes in handy for audiophiles with a fancy array of headphones, though if you’ve got that kind of money to spare the chances are you may already own a discrete headphone amplifier and DAC.

Power Consumption

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.

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Power consumption was about 25-watts lower than the ASUS motherboard which we can put down to the “Auto” voltages being less aggressive across the board for the same frequencies.

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