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ECS L337 GANK Domination Z87H3-AX Golden Review

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ECS L337 GANK Domination Z87H3-AX Golden Testing:

LAN performance will be tested via a pair of utilities to gauge the performance of the on board 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 24bit 44kHz.

Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H
MSI Z87-GD65
ECS Z87XH3-AX Golden
Frequency Response dB
+0.32, +0.12
+0.14, -0.11
+0.24, -0.72
Noise Level dBA
-77.8 -45.7 -76.3
Dynamic Range dBA
Total Harmonic distortion %
Intermodulation distortion +noise
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-85.8 -77.7
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
Frequency Response (Swept Sine), db
+0.1, -0.1
+0.5, -0.4 +0.1, -0.2


LAN performance was pretty much identical across the board. Gigabit connections are just that and all of these results are basically saturating that connection. The ECS Z87XH3-AX Golden uses dual BigFoot Killer E2201 LAN ports, but the second system uses Intel Gigabit; this test only confirms that the BigFoot controller is at least on par with Intel. The ECS did very well with audio distortion and response.

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