Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 Benchmark Results
AIDA64 Engineer “is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for engineers. AIDA64 Engineer provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives. AIDA64 is compatible with all current 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1.”
CINEBENCH “is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.”
MaxxMEM2 “is a benchmark designed to help you measure your memory’s performance. It uses current technologies like sse, mmx, scheduled threading and further techniques, including an accurate time measurement that provide reliable consistent results. All this will precisely reflect the performance of your system. Every little change done on the benched system will take place on the received results.”
For the storage test, I used ATTO disk benchmark and CrystalDiskMark (both 3.0.3 and 5.1.0 versions). Below are the results:
Both the Klevv Urbane SSD and Seagate Enterprise 8TB HDD seemed to perform well and as expected based on ATTO benchmark results above. However, the Samsung 950 PRO’s performance dived at 128KB and doesn’t seem to perform at its best. This wasn’t the case when I tested the Samsung 950 PRO on the Z170X-Gaming 7.
Below are the benchmark results I got for the Samsung 950 PRO tested on the Z170n-Gaming 5. Again, the results are lower compared to when the 950 PRO was tested on the Z170X Gaming 7. Sequential read/write speeds were consistently at around 2300-2500MB/s and 1550MB/s respectively with the Gaming 7.
Realbench 2.4 “is a benchmark that uses open source applications and simple scripting to simulate real-world performance of a PC system. It’s designed for to show the difference: Before and after a PC upgrade. To gauge the real effect of an overclock.”
PassMark PerformanceTest “allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers. It can: Find out if your PC is performing at its best; Compare the performance of your machine to similar machines; Measure the effect of configuration changes and upgrades; Avoid paying big bucks for poor performance; Make objective independent measurements on which to base your purchasing decision; and Use the advanced tests to create you own benchmark scenarios.”
PCMark 8 Creative benchmark “includes workloads typical of enthusiasts and professionals who work with media and entertainment content. With more demanding requirements than the Home benchmark, this benchmark is suitable for mid-range computer systems. PCMark 8 Creative includes web browsing, photo editing, video editing, group video chat, media transcoding, and gaming workloads.”
The PC Mark 8 benchmarks conclude my tests for overall system performance. The next page shows the benchmark results I got using the Zotac GeForce GTX 980 Ti AMP! Edition installed on the Z170N-Gaming 5 ITX motherboard.
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