How We Test
Since this is the first Z370 motherboard in our review series, we’re including the data for one motherboard that hasn’t yet been reviewed, along with the data for two of the Core i7-8700K’s predecessors: The four-core Core i7-7700K that it replaces, and the six-core Core i7-7800X that features additional PCIe lanes and DDR4 channels at a similar price.
|Sound||Integrated HD Audio|
|Network||Integrated Gigabit Networking|
|Graphics Driver||GeForce 382.53|
Back during the X299 launch, I upgraded my test bed to handle the tremendous heat produced by the Core i9-7900X. Our award-winning Fractal Design S24 liquid cooler system sample serves the same purpose for the newer, lower heat Core i7-8700K. Cooler Master’s HAF-XB provides an optimal layout to blow the Celsius S24’s fans sufficiently over each motherboard’s voltage regulator.
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings|
|PCMark 8||Version 2.7.613Home, Creative, Work, Storage, Applications (Adobe & Microsoft)|
|3DMark 13||Version 4.47.597.0Skydiver, Firestrike, Firestrike Extreme Default Presets|
|SiSoftware Sandra||Version 2016.03.22.21CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Cryptography, Memory Bandwidth|
|DiskSPD||4k Random Read, 4k Random Write128k Sequential Read, 128k Sequential Write|
|Cinebench R15||Build RC83328DEMOOpenGL Benchmark|
|CompuBench||Version 1.5.8Face Detection, Optical Flow, Ocean Surface, Ray Tracing|
|Application Tests and Settings|
|LAME MP3||Version 3.98.3Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)|
|HandBrake CLI||Version: 0.9.9Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19 GB 4k mkv to x265 mp4|
|Blender||Version 2.68aBMW 27 CPU Render Benchmark, BMW 27 GPU Render Benchmark|
|7-Zip||Version 16.02THG-Workload (7.6 GB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=9"|
|Adobe After Effects CC||Release 2015.3.0, Version 188.8.131.52PCMark driven routine|
|Adobe Photoshop CC||Release 2015.5.0. 20160603.r.88 x64PCMark driven routine (light and heavy)|
|Adobe InDesign CC||Release 2015.4, Build 184.108.40.206 x64PCMark driven routine|
|Adobe Illustrator||Release 2015.3.0, Version 20.0.0 (64-bit)PCMark driven routine|
|Game Tests and Settings|
|Ashes of Singularity||Version 1.31.21360High Preset - 1920x1080, Mid Shadow Quality, 1x MSAACrazy Preset - 1920x1090, High Shadow Quality, 2x MSAA|
|F1 2015||2015 Season, Abu Dhabi Track, RainMedium Preset, No AFxUltra High Preset, 16x AF|
|Metro Last Light Redux||Version 3.00 x64High Quality, 1920x1080, High Tesselation, 16x AFVery High Quality, 1920x1080, Very High Tesselation, 16x AF|
|The Talos Principle||Version 267252Medium Preset, High Quality, High Tesselation, 4x AFUltra Preset, VeryHigh Quality, VeryHigh Tesselation, 16x AF|
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Again a handful of cheap 2c mosfets from NIKOS?
Well, purely my opinion - instead of the three useless Killer E2500 PCIe, it's better to have one Intel-based NIC
Pretty superficial review ...
Where is tech p0rn?
I hope that answers your question :D