To start off our performance testing I ran the Z170X Gaming 7 through our base benchmark suite. THE results between boards aren’t that important, the key is making sure that the Gaming 7 doesn’t have any weird issues. So to test that I hooked up our GTX780 and hit a nice variety of tests. None of the results showed any issues. There was a bit of a performance premium on the Gigabyte but that could be related to us having to test with a Mushkin DDR4 kit because we ran into issues with our Kingston HyperX kit. After speaking with Gigabyte and Kingston it sounds like they are hard at work getting the compatibility issues worked out. Gigabyte has already released one BIOS update working on the issues but I would expect to see more in the near future until they have it worked out.

Motherboard Overall Score Graphics Score Physics Score
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 8653 9635 12451
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 8849 9783 13622
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated Score
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 4712
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 4798
Passmark Overall Score
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 5507.6
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 5669.8
Bioshock Infinite Average FPS
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 108.28
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 108.96
Tomb Raider Average FPS
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 57.8
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 57.9
Hitman: Absolution Average FPS
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 46.8
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 46.3
Sleeping Dogs Average FPS
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 60.3
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 61.1


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garfi3ld replied the topic: #37254 23 Sep 2015 23:29
The LAN hangover is over, I've finished up all of my post event work and its finally time to start cranking out my writing again. To start things off I take a look at another Z170 motherboard, this time from Gigabyte. Check it out!

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