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ECS Z270H4-I Review

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ECS Z270H4-I Testing:

 

AIDA64 Extreme Edition 5.9 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. It is good to see the motherboard running 3200 DDR4 without any issues.

 

 

CrystalDiskMark 5.2.1: 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.

 

 

 

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 48kHz. Keep in mind that is test is a little iffy at times since the Line in - Line out testing method used here requires the Mic or Line In to be of good quality. You could easily have great playback but hampered by the poor recording abilities of said motherboard. For the most part this is not a issue and this motherboard is not Audio Grade level anyways.

 

Motherboard
ECS Z270H4-I
Rating
Frequency Response dB
+0.19,-0.08
Excellent
Noise Level dBA
-100.1
Excellent
Dynamic Range dBA
99.9
Excellent
Total Harmonic distortion %
0.012
Good
Intermodulation distortion +noise
0.016
Very Good
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-95.3
Excellent
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.053
Good
Frequency Response (Swept Sine), db
+0.0,-0.0
N/A

 

My audio listening experience was excellent. Besides the RightMark test giving a passing score, I picked out a few 24-bit - 96KHz FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) tracks from my collection. Playing The Doors and Bob Marley with the ALC 1150 Realtek chipset did not disappoint. While I do not have very expensive headphones, I can sure tell the difference between MP3s and some quality high fidelity. The vocals and musical instruments came across with clarity, which should suit everyone's daily needs. If you are investing in some Hi-Fi headphones, then this might not provide the sound quality to match the headphones. Sound is very subjective since no one has the same hearing. Most adults have some extra hearing loss besides the normal drop in high frequencies as you get older. This is why I would still refer anyone to the RightMark test for a definitive score.




  1. ECS Z270H4-I: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. ECS Z270H4-I Closer Look: The BIOS
  3. ECS Z270H4-I: Specifications & Features
  4. ECS Z270H4-I Testing: Setup
  5. ECS Z270H4-I Testing: PCMark 8, SiSoft Sandra 2016, Cinebench R15, HWBot X265 Benchmark
  6. ECS Z270H4-I Testing: AIDA64, CrystalDiskMark, ATTO, iPerf, RMAA
  7. ECS Z270H4-I Testing: Gaming
  8. ECS Z270H4-I: Conclusion
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