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ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero 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
Frequency Response dB
+0.96,-1.57
+0.22,-0.56
+0.94,-1.37
Noise Level dBA
-145.9
-91.6
-140.1
Dynamic Range dBA
127.4
91.7
126.4
Total Harmonic distortion %
0.0045
0.0043
0.0025
Intermodulation distortion +noise
3.824
.114
4.071
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-141.5
-91.7
-137.9
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.017
.0091
0.0056
Frequency Response (Swept Sine), db
+1.6,-7.4
+0.0,-0.2
+1.7,-7.8

 

 

 

 

Looking at the memory and drive testing, we see that you get the benefit of the back end tuning ASUS does to validate the performance of its memory tuning algorithms when running in basically the XMP mode. 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. The CrystalDiskMark results show some weakness by comparison when using the same identical drive and preparation process. In iPerf, the ASUS M8H delivers data throughput of 938 Mbits/s by using an Intel I219-V controller to manage the LAN functionality. By comparison, the spread between boards is 4 Mbits/sec, so you should see fairly consistent performance from the LAN controller. However, ASUS does include its own GameFirst II management software so you can prioritize which traffic goes first.

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 many Excellent marks. Actually listening to audio tracks, gaming, and movies is subjective, but I found this solution met all of my needs.




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