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ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Testing:
PCMark 8 is the latest iteration of Futuremark's popular PCMark system benchmarking tool. This version uses a series of industry standard tests in five separate benchmark tests to measure aggregate performance.
SiSoft Sandra 2014 is a diagnostic utility and synthetic bench marking program. Sandra allows you to view your hardware at a higher level to be more helpful. For this benchmark, I will be running the overall performance measurement tool that utilizes a series of tests to comprehensively measure system performance.
Cinebench R15 is useful for testing your system, CPU, and OpenGL capabilities using the software program, CINEMA 4D. We will be using the default tests for this benchmark.
X.264 Benchmark: This benchmark is used to measure the time it takes to encode a 1080p video file into the X.264 format. The default benchmark is used with an average of all four tests on each pass taken as the result.
Putting the PCMark 8 results aside, the combination of the ASUS Maximus VIII Hero and the Intel Core i7 6700K deliver, at worst, comparable performance to the MSI-based comparison board. Truth be told, the performance gap is minimal at best at stock and when overclocked. This gives a good solid combination to compare to and drives the decision making criteria down to brand preference and feature set.