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ASUS X99 Deluxe Testing:

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.

 
ASUS X99 Deluxe
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Frequency Response dB
+0.39, -0.28
+0.44, +0.31
Noise Level dBA
-97.1
-91.2
Dynamic Range dBA
97.2
91.1
Total Harmonic distortion %
0.244
0.131
Intermodulation distortion +noise
0.169
0.259
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-93.8
-91.6
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.128
0.288
Frequency Response (Swept Sine), db
+0.0, -0.0
+0.1, -0.1

Using iPerf, the throughput on each board is fairly consistent in the 940+Mbits/s range. Both Intel LAN ports on the X99 Deluxe delivered in this range. Testing the wireless connection through my Verizon wireless router resulted in a 22.2 Mbits/s to another computer, as well as delivering that result with several different online speed tests. CPU usage during the tests average between 3-4%, showing very few CPU cycles in use. Sound testing is subjective by nature because we all interpret sounds differently, not to mention the effects of age and years of abuse taking a toll on the senses, but both solutions provided excellent sound characteristics across a range of listening scenarios, including watching Blu-ray movies, listening to music, and gaming.

 




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