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ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme Review

ccokeman    -   August 27, 2013
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ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme 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.

 
Intel DZ87KLT-75
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
ASUS ROG   M6H
ASUS Z87-PLUS
MSI MPower MAX
ASUS ROG M6E
ECS Z87H3-A2X Gank Machine
Frequency Response dB
+3.65,-2.33
+0.52,+ 0.30
+0.23,+0.12
-0.01, -0.07
+0.12,-0.10
+0.42-+0.03
+0.46,+0.04
Noise Level dBA
-91.3
-91.3
-91.5
-85.3
-93.6
-99.8
-94.0
Dynamic Range dBA
91.3
91.2
91.5
85.4
93.5
99.6
94.0
Total Harmonic distortion %
0.481
0.131
0.436
0.0059
0.131
0.463
0.130
Intermodulation distortion +noise
1.393
0.259
0.365
0.019
0.259
0.463
0.262
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-69.7
-91.6
-89.2
-84.9
-91.2
-94.9
-.92.2
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.465
.323
.311
.017
.324
.430
.323
Frequency Response (Swept Sine), db
+1.3,-2.4
+0.1,-0.1
+0.0,-0.1
+0.0, -0.0
+0.1,-0.1
+0.1, -0.2
+0.1, -0.1

The LAN Results show that the ECS GANK Machine is able to mirror the LAN performance results from the rest of the comparison boards. ECS L337 GANK Machine Z87H3-A2X Extreme does support teaming of the two Realtek RTL8111G Gbit LAN ports for both redundancy and higher throughput. Audio results show that the ECS Realtek ALC1150 controlled sound package does well in the testing, Even so you have to tailor the sound to your individual preference. However in the RMAA testing it rated overall as "Good".




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