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ECS Z97-MACHINE 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.

 
MSI Z87M Gaming
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
ASUS ROG M6G
ASUS ROG M7H
MSI Z97 Gaming 7
Biostar Hi-Fi Z97 WE
ASUS Z97-A
ASUS Z97-Deluxe
MSI Z97 XPOWER AC
ECS Deluxe Z97-PK
ECS Z97-MACHINE
Frequency Response dB
+0.46,-0.10
+0.52,+0.30
+0.42,+0.03
+0.22,-0.56
+0.49,-0.33
+0.07,+0.01
+7.04,-19.31
+0.2,-0.44
+0.61,-0.43
+0.11,-0.09
+0.02, -0.18
Noise Level dBA
-91,0
-91.3
-102.2
-91.6
-91.0
-82.8
-97.0
-98.0
-94.3
-86.1
-89.2
Dynamic Range dBA
91.0
91.2
102.1
91.7
91.0
82.7
96.7
98
94.3
86.0
89.3
Total Harmonic distortion %
0.130
0.131
0.463
0.0043
0.130
0.0082
0.0039
0.0056
0.0036
0.130
.0037
Intermodulation distortion + noise
0.266
0.259
0.463
0.114
0.260
0.025
0.813
0.133
0.014
0.256
.011
Stereo Crosstalk dB
-89.4
-91.6
-94.9
-91.7
-91.4
-80.2
-16.4
-97.8
-90.8
-84.6
-88.2
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.323
0.323
0.430
0.0091
0.323
0.222
0.151
0.011
0.010
0.323
.010
Frequency Response (Swept Sine) dB
+0.1,-0.1
+0.1,-0.1
+0.1,-0.2
+0.0,-0.1
+0.1,-0.1
+0.0,-0.0
+6.9,-10.3
+0.2,-0.3
+0.0,-0.0
+0.1,-0.1
+0.0,-0.1

Wow!  The Intel LAN certainly shines here as does the onboard Sound Blaster Cinema 2.  The signal to noise ratios aren't the best I've seen, but the distortion, frequency response, crosstalk, and dynamic range are up there with the best!




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