Home / Component / MSI Z170A Tomahawk Motherboard Review

MSI Z170A Tomahawk Motherboard Review

MSI Z170A Tomahawk (6)

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:

  • MSI BIOS 1.4 (Release Date 01/03/2016)
  • 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

Become a Patron!

Check Also

Fractal Design Pop Air Review – Bye Bye Meshify

Fractal has launched a whole new range of cases - meet Pop!