Performance

Unlike with most other reviews when I’m doing performance testing on a motherboard it is less about what board performs faster and more about spotting any glaring issues. The reason for that is because all of these boards are using the same chipset, CPU, RAM, and video card. So the gap between each board isn’t very much typically. We typically see more of a gap due to things like some boards automatically overclocking your CPU a little and driver changes than anything. In the Physics test on 3DMark for example the Gaming 5 came in a little lower than the rest but this was due to me having trouble getting our memory set to the exact same setting causing a little drop there. Surprisingly though that same issue didn’t seem to show on any of the other benchmarks. All in all the benchmarks prove that if you pair the Z170 Gaming 5 with a good CPU and even a decent GPU you are going to see great benchmark numbers, numbers no different than the full ATX boards.

3DMark
Motherboard Overall Score Graphics Score Physics Score
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 8653 9635 12451
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 8849 9783 13622
MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC 8693 9524 13694
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 8730 9803 11785
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated Score
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 4712
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 4798
MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC 4906
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 4782
Passmark Overall Score
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 5507.6
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 5669.8
MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC 5831.3
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 5442.5
Bioshock Infinite Average FPS
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 108.28
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 108.96
MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC 108.05
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 105.68
Tomb Raider Average FPS
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 57.8
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 57.9
MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC 55.5
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 55.0
Hitman: Absolution Average FPS
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 46.8
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 46.3
MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC 46.5
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 44.7
Sleeping Dogs Average FPS
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 60.3
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 61.1
MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC 59.6
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 59.5

 

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #37705 26 Feb 2016 16:14
Today I have a look at the top Z170 ITX option from Gigabyte as I continue to look at options for our upcoming Lunchbox build

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