Last but not least I wanted to see how the Killer NIC would perform. To do this I ran the Passmark Advanced Network Benchmark using a server in another room (across two switches). I use the average result for comparison. As we can see the two other boards using the same NIC perform a little better but even being the slowest Killer NIC out of the bunch is still faster than the two boards with Intel NICs. In the past I would have been worried about the Killer NIC holding up over time but it seems the failures I experienced early on with the first few Killer NICs have been fixed and I haven’t had any issues in years now.

Motherboard Average Network Speed
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 873.0
Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7

Intel 760.0

Killer 922.4

MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC 578.5
Gigabyte Z170N-Gaming 5 816.9


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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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