System Overview & Testing Procedures
The Z170 Gaming M5 was installed in our test bench, which we use to test all of our motherboards. All of the hardware besides the motherboard stays the same to keep things uniform. I have to say with an MSI graphics card this test setup looks pretty awesome!
Test System Specs
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700K
Video Card: MSI GTX 770 Gaming
Motherboard: MSI Z170A Gaming M5
Memory: 16 GB Crucial DDR4
Storage: 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme
Case: HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station
For motherboard testing we have completely revamped everything for Skylake and Windows 10. First off we will running the processor and motherboard and the default optimized settings in the BIOS (as if you would restore the defaults on the board). We feel that this is how most users will have their systems configured. So everything will be on auto.
We will be comparing the following motherboards:
MSI Z170A Gaming M5
Since Skylake just launched we do not have a lot of Skylake motherboards here to test. As we acquire more these graphs will be updated.
Our testing procedures have been updated, I have organized them into the following sections below.
Overall System Testing
– Home Benchmark
– Work Benchmark
– Creative Benchmark
– Overall System Benchmark
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multi-Media
CINEBENCH R11.5 64-bit
x264 HD Benchmark 5.0
– Fire Strike Extreme Benchmark
– Fire Strike Benchmark
– Sky Diver Benchmark
Heaven Benchmark 5.0
SATA, USB & Network Testing
– Network (LAN) Benchmark
Now let’s get to testing!