Performance

For testing, I have been saying for years that motherboard benchmarks don’t hold much weight because you are still using the same CPU, memory, and GPU and those are what play big roles in how fast your PC is. But I do run a few tests just to make sure everything is running the way it should and it also lets us see what the system can do. In this case, everything was running well. In fact, in the short time between testing the three original Z490 boards and the Z490 FTW performance in Ghost Recon jumped up. But everything else was still in line.

My focus was on the network performance because that is where you can sometimes see more variation and that is the case here. All of the other Z490 boards came with 2.5G NICs with one also having a 10G but EVGA only went with the Intel i219V NIC which is a 1G. The performance was on par with the others in my test on a 1G network. But on a 10G network that wasn’t still the case. All four boards have the same Intel AX201 wireless NIC but they all have different wireless performance. I was really curious here because EVGA decided to go with the direct antennas, not one on a cable to sit up on your desk or away from your PC. The performance ended up being better than the Asus and Gigabyte boards and just a little behind the MSI.

3DMark – Fire Strike

Motherboard

Overall Score

Graphics Score

Physics Score

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

20727

23120

29879

Z490 Aorus Master

20396

22915

31001

ROG Maximus XII Extreme

21168

23177

29574

EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI

21220

23429

29343

3DMark – Time Spy

Motherboard

Overall Score

Graphics Score

CPU Score

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

11179

10907

13021

Z490 Aorus Master

11142

10807

13524

ROG Maximus XII Extreme

11175

10874

13261

EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI

11309

11029

13217

PCMark 10 Score

Motherboard

Overall Score

Essentials

Productivity

Content Creation

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

8041

11286

9964

12548

Z490 Aorus Master

7878

11298

9342

12570

ROG Maximus XII Extreme

7978

11169

9894

12471

EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI

8121

11261

10123

12749

Passmark PerformanceTest 10.0 - Overall Score

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

8981.5

Z490 Aorus Master

9129.2

ROG Maximus XII Extreme

8921.1

EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI

8955.5 

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands – High Detail - Average FPS

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

114.24

Z490 Aorus Master

113.15

ROG Maximus XII Extreme

113.98

EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI

129.20

Shadow of the Tomb Raider – High Detail - Average FPS

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

150

Z490 Aorus Master

148

ROG Maximus XII Extreme

149

EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI

148

Far Cry 5 – High Detail - Average FPS

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

147

Z490 Aorus Master

149

ROG Maximus XII Extreme

146

EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI

149

Average Network Speed- Wired on a 1G Network - Mbits/Sec

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi - Realtek RTL8125B

950.9

Z490 Aorus Master – I225-V

950.9

ROG Maximus XII Extreme – I225-V

949.4

ROG Maximus XII Extreme – Aquantia 10G

947.4

EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI - Intel i219V

941.6

Average Network Speed – WiFi 6 - Mbits/Sec

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi – Intel AX201

616.5

Z490 Aorus Master – Intel AX201

811.7

ROG Maximus XII Extreme – Intel AX201

614.6

EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI – Intel AX201

794.7

Average Network Speed – wired on 10G Network - Mbits/Sec

ROG Maximus XII Extreme – Intel AX201

2375

ROG Maximus XII Extreme – Aquantia 10G

9488

EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI - Intel i219V

943.7

VRM Temperatures

On Heatsink

On VRM

MSI MPG Z490 Gaming Carbon WiFi

131.1F

159.7F

Z490 Aorus Master

139.6F

161.1F

ROG Maximus XII Extreme

109.9F

113.7F

EVGA Z490 FTW WIFI

151.4F

202.9F

           

 

I also took a look a look at the VRM’s when testing. For this I used the AIDA64 FPU stress test to heat things up for 30 minutes then I took our Flir images. What I was looking for here was to see how well the cooling was working. Which you can see in the pictures that the cooling was 50 degrees cooler than right at the PCB. This was a lot warmer than the other Z490 boards in general which I think is partially because the VRM heatsinks were designed to have more airflow at the CPU socket but we are using an AIO cooler.

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I also always take a look at board lighting. Normally this wouldn’t even exist with other EVGA boards but the Z490 FTW shocking does have some RGB lighting. They included a glow around the chipset heatsink. I also included a picture of the power button and the dual diagnostic LED readouts as well up in the top right corner. EVGA’s lighting is still significantly less than any other comparable board. I’m really surprised that they would go against their normal all blacked out look only for just a touch of lighting.

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