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Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 Testing:

AIDA64 Extreme Edition 3.0 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.

 

  
  
  
  

 

CrystalDiskMark 3.0: 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.

 

 
 
 
 

 

ATTO 2.47: will be used to measure USB 3.0 performance using an SSD attached to an external USB 3.0 drive dock.

  
  
  
  

 

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 Z170A Gaming M7
ASUS ROG M7H
ASUS ROG M8H ASUS ROG M8G

Gigabyte Z170X-UD5

Frequency Response dB
+0.96,-1.57
+0.22,-0.56
+0.94,-1.37 +0.55,-1.58 +0.68,+0.06
Noise Level dBA
-145.9
-91.6
-140.1 -96.5 -91.5
Dynamic Range dBA
127.4
91.7
126.4 96.4 91.4
Total Harmonic distortion %
0.0045
0.0043
0.0025 0.082 0.0039
Intermodulation distortion +noise
3.824
0.114
4.071 0.971 0.0096
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-141.5
-91.7
-137.9 -93.9 -88.1
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.017
0.0091
0.0056 0.239 0.0085
Frequency Response (Swept Sine), db
+1.6,-7.4
+0.0,-0.2
+1.7,-7.8 +0.4,-1.7 +0.3,-0.1

 

 

 

At stock speeds with the XMP profile enabled, the memory performance is slightly lower than the comparison boards in its class. When overclocked, I ended up with some really odd results that ultimately went away with a full BIOS clear and resetting my overclocking profiles. The drive testing on the Z170X-UD5 shows some weakness as well, looking at the comparative results using the same drive. LAN performance using iPerf was as good as any of the Z170 boards since they all fall into a very small performance envelope.

Based on a Realtek ALC1150 codec, Gigabyte's sound package delivers sound quality rated as very good using Rightmark Audio Analyzer. That being said, Gigabyte has put together a package that works as intended with great on board audio. Audio quality is a subjective test at best since what may sound good to me may sound inadequate to an audiophile. But for the purpose of my testing, it sounded good; movies, music, and gaming all had a lot to offer with both good highs and a low end.




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