Performance

For performance testing, I set the Strix Z270E Gaming up on our test bench and ran it through a variety of tests. Most of these are just to confirm there are no obvious issues, the performance between motherboards isn’t really a big concern these days with most using almost all of the same components that are all integrated into the chipset. As you can see most of the results are in the same range and that’s I’m looking to see. I did however also test the network performance and this is one where different boards use different controllers. The Z270E uses the standard Intel though, like the two previous boards, the MSI did also have a second Killer NIC as well. The Wireless AC performance was interesting. We run a long range Ubiquity Wireless AC access point. The wireless coverage in the office is good but historically there has been a lot of interference so I never expect too much. The Z270E connected at around 988 Mbs but the tests don’t have the same throughput. This is still faster than most internet connections and most likely more related to the wireless performance of the office than the Qualcomm controller, but until I test more boards with wireless we won't know for sure.

3DMark

Motherboard

Overall Score

Graphics Score

Physics Score

MSI Z270 SLI PLUS

11087

12951

14627

Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K7

11151

13073

14604

Asus Strix Z270E Gaming

11124

13105

14023

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated Score

MSI Z270 SLI PLUS

5063

Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K7

5191

Asus Strix Z270E Gaming

5213

Passmark PerformanceTest 9.0 Overall Score

MSI Z270 SLI PLUS

6228.7

Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K7

6415.7

Asus Strix Z270E Gaming

6169.8

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Average FPS

MSI Z270 SLI PLUS

45.3 FPS

Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K7

45.2 FPS

Asus Strix Z270E Gaming

45.4 FPS

Hitman 2016 Average FPS

MSI Z270 SLI PLUS

84.69 FPS

Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K7

81.74 FPS

Asus Strix Z270E Gaming

83.92 FPS

Average Network Speed

MSI Z270 SLI PLUS

928.0 Mbits/Sec

Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K7 - Killer E2500

884.5 Mbits/Sec

Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K7 - Intel NIC

895.4 Mbits/Sec

Asus Strix Z270E Gaming – Intel NIC

936.9 Mbits/Sec

Asus Strix Z270E Gaming – Qualcomm Wireless AC

232.7 Mbits/Sec

The lighting on the Strix Z270E is actually my favorite of all three of the boards tested. I wouldn’t mind having more lights in between the PCI slots to light up the cards, but I love the multizone effect that the I/O light strip has. The lighting is still not over the top and with the board having to RGB strip headers you can do whatever you want in your case and sync it all together.

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