ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 Motherboard Review

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Testing Setup:

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1
CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K @ 4.2 GHz core / 4.0 GHz cache
GPU: GALAX GTX 980 SOC @ 1228 (1329 boost)/1800 MHz
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 2x8GB C14
PSU: Corsair AX1200i 80+ Platinum
OS: Windows 10 Professional x64

Previous Motherboard Reviews:

ASUS Maximus VIII Hero
ASUS Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
ASUS Maximus VIII Formula
ASUS Maximus VIII Impact
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ASUS Z170 PRO GAMING
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GIGABYTE Z170X-Gaming 7
MSI Z170A GAMING M7
MSI Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON
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MSI Z170 XPOWER Gaming Titanium Edition
MSI Z170I Pro Gaming AC

Methodology:

All benchmarks are done on a fresh install of Windows 10 Professional 64-bit that is up to date with the latest .ISO released by Microsoft when the platform is first released. We do this in order to keep the benchmarking on a level playing field and to ensure that they are directly comparable to one another.

2D Benchmarks:

AIDA64 – CPU Queen/CPU Photoworxx/CPU AES/Memory Read/Memory Write
Cinebench 11.5 – CPU
Cinebench R15 – CPU
SiSandra – Processor Arithmetic/Processor Multi-Core Efficiency/Cache & Memory Bandwidth

3D Benchmarks:

3DMark 11 – Performance
3DMark Fire Strike – Normal

Gaming Benchmarks:

Company of Heroes 2 – Maximum Settings 1080P/1440P
F1 2015 – Ultra Preset 1080P/1440P
Total War: ROME II – Extreme Preset 1080P/1440P

 

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