ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming Skylake Motherboard Review

Skylake is upon us and ASUS with their £117.99 Z170 Pro Gaming might have the bargain of the platform; or will they?

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Testing Setup

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6600k @ Stock | Multicore Enhancement & Intel SpeedStep both disabled
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15
  • GPU: XFX R9 380 Double Dissipation 4GB
  • Motherboard: ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666MHz CL16 8GB (2x4GB)
  • PSU: Cooler Master V1200 1200w
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

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Methodology:

All benchmarks are done on a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit that is fully up-to-date with Windows Updates to ensure that the performance reflects a real-world scenario and not that of a tweaked benchmarking system. Every benchmark runs for a total of three times and then an average is taken of those results.

2D Benchmarks:

  • AIDA64 – CPU Queen/CPU Photoworxx/CPU AES/Memory Read/Memory Write
  • AS SSD – Sequential Read/Sequential Write/4K Read/4K Write/4K IOPS Read/4K IOPS Write
  • Cinebench 11.5 – CPU
  • Cinebench R15 – CPU
  • PCMark 7 – Overall/Computation
  • 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 1080/1440p
  • F1 2015 – Ultra Preset 1080/1440p
  • Total War: ROME II – Extreme Preset 1080p/1440p

 

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