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ECS L337 GANK Drone Z87H3-A3X Review

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ECS L337 GANK DRONE Z87H3-A3X 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 a cross platform software and is 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 +0.10, -0.12
Noise Level dBA
-77.8 -45.7 -76.3 -83.1
Dynamic Range dBA
76.4 83.1
Total Harmonic distortion %
0.055 0.130
Intermodulation distortion +noise
0.158 0.258
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-85.8 -77.7 -83.7
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.345 0.324
Frequency Response (Swept Sine), db
+0.1, -0.1
+0.5, -0.4 +0.1, -0.2 +0.1, -0.1


The results for iPerf are all very similar, any differences are negligible. With Rightmark Audio Analyzer, the ECS Z87H3-A3X faired very well, especially with Response and Dynamic Range. Performance was otherwise similar to the other motherboards.

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