Performance

I always like to point out that basic benchmarks typically don’t show much of a difference between motherboards with the same chipset. Frankly, a lot of the testing you see in reviews anymore mostly just shows that you ran the board at all. I personally run a few tests to make sure nothing is out of line, but I don’t stress the differences when they are close. All of the boards have been tested with the exact same GPU, CPU, and Memory and unless you are overclocking those are the parts that set our stock performance. That said the Z270I, even though it is a much smaller board than most of the boards tested, performed on par with the others and seems to be in line with the competition.

I did test out the Network performance, both on the wired Intel NIC and the Wireless AC. This is one of the few areas that you see some variation due to different network cards being used and with wireless, even the antennas make a difference. Wired the Z270I was basically right in line with the other fastest board that was also an Asus board using an Intel NIC. On wireless, I saw a bit more performance compared to the other boards tested with wireless AC. More importantly, unlike the Gigabyte board, the Z270I didn’t have weird fluctuations in the wireless signal and performed extremely well in the exact same testing situation.

3DMark

Motherboard

Overall Score

Graphics Score

Physics Score

up MSI Z270 SLI PLUS

11087

12951

14627

Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K7

11151

13073

14604

Asus Strix Z270E Gaming

11124

13105

14023

Asus Strix H270F Gaming

11104

13064

14198

Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5

11175

13128

14621

Asus Strix Z270I Gaming

11211

13171

14594

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated Score

MSI Z270 SLI PLUS

5063

Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K7

5191

Asus Strix Z270E Gaming

5213

Asus Strix H270F Gaming

4598

Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5

5064

Asus Strix Z270I Gaming

4829

Passmark PerformanceTest 9.0 Overall Score

MSI Z270 SLI PLUS

6228.7

Gigabyte Z270X Gaming K7

6415.7

Asus Strix Z270E Gaming

6169.8

Asus Strix H270F Gaming

5935.0

Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5

6240.4

Asus Strix Z270I Gaming

6161.8

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

Asus Strix H270F Gaming

43.7 FPS

Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5

43.8 FPS

Asus Strix Z270I Gaming

43.9 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

Asus Strix H270F Gaming

82.64 FPS

Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5

82.79 FPS

Asus Strix Z270I Gaming

82.98 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

Asus Strix H270F Gaming

924.1 Mbits/Sec

Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5 - Intel NIC

928.2 Mbits/Sec

Gigabyte Z270N Gaming 5 – Intel Wireless AC

231.0 Mbits/Sec

Asus Strix Z270I Gaming – Intel NIC

936.5 Mbits/Sec

Asus Strix Z270I Gaming – Wireless AC

240.8 Mbits/Sec

 

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