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ASUS Maximus VIII Gene Testing:

AIDA64 Extreme Edition 3.0 is a software utility designed to be used for hardware diagnosis and benchmarking. I will be using the Cache and Memory benchmark tool to measure memory performance.

 

  
  
  
  

 

CrystalDiskMark 3.0: CrystalDiskMark is a hard drive benchmark designed to measure the read and write speeds of drives by using 4K blocks, 512K blocks, and sequential data. For the test, we chose the 1000MB option.

 

 
 
 
 

 

ATTO 2.47: will be used to measure USB 3.0 performance using an SSD attached to an external USB 3.0 drive dock.

  
  
  
  

 

LAN performance will be tested via a utility to gauge the performance of the onboard network solutions. The motherboard being tested will be connected via a Gigabit switch to another system with an integrated Gigabit network solution on board.

iPerf is a small lightweight utility run from the command prompt and can be used to measure both TCP and UDP performance on a network. iPerf is cross-platform software and open source. The test is configured to run for 20 seconds with a window size of 256 KB and four simultaneous streams that should be able to saturate the TCP link on a good NIC.

 

 

RightMark Audio Analyzer 6.25 is used to test the sound solution on board each motherboard. Nothing beats a good set of ears and headphones, but this is a graphic representation of the capabilities of the installed hardware. Sampling mode is 24-bit 44kHz.

 
MSI Z170A Gaming M7
ASUS ROG M7H
ASUS ROG M8H ASUS ROG M8G
Frequency Response dB
+0.96,-1.57
+0.22,-0.56
+0.94,-1.37 +0.55,-1.58
Noise Level dBA
-145.9
-91.6
-140.1 -96.5
Dynamic Range dBA
127.4
91.7
126.4 96.4
Total Harmonic distortion %
0.0045
0.0043
0.0025 0.082
Intermodulation distortion +noise
3.824
.114
4.071 0.971
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-141.5
-91.7
-137.9 -93.9
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.017
.0091
0.0056 0.239
Frequency Response (Swept Sine), db
+1.6,-7.4
+0.0,-0.2
+1.7,-7.8 +0.4,-1.7

 

 

 

 

The memory and drive testing results are fairly consistent across each of the boards. ASUS delivers improved memory tuning that drives performance up just that small bit to give the consumer a higher performance expectation. USB performance is similar to the last generation ASUS motherboards when using USB 3.1 Boost to drive data transfer rates up to an external drive. Comparing the results between just the ASUS ROG boards, including the Maximus VIII Gene, shows that ASUS USB 3.0/3.1 Boost technology has an added value component that drives performance upwards when accessing data through the USB ports.

In iPerf, the ASUS M8G delivers data throughput of 938 Mbits/s by using an Intel I219-V controller to manage the LAN functionality. A result that is identical to that of the Maximus VIII Hero using the same controller. By comparison, the performance gap between each of the boards is 4 Mbits/sec. This should give a fairly consistent expectation for LAN performance. If you need to further prioritize network traffic, ASUS does include its own GameFirst II management software so you can decide which traffic is the most important for your usage model. Measuring CPU overhead while the test was running showed that at most CPU usage topped out at 5%, with most of the test using only 3% of the processors resources.

ASUS pioneered the concept of separating the audio hardware on board the motherboard PCB from the other electronics to improve audio quality. On a hardware level, the SupremeFX 2015 audio solution is as good as many discrete solutions. In the RightMark Audio testing, the overall rating was Good with some Excellent marks. No matter the change in settings, I could not match the RMAA results of the M8H. When the ears do the work, you would be hard pressed to tell an actual difference between the ASUS Z170X Supreme FX solutions with their identical hardware on board. The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies was just as engaging as it was on the M8H.




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