Testing Methodology and Performance Benchmarks
Testing Objectives and Setup
Similar to our previous motherboard reviews, we will be putting the Gigabyte X299 AORUS MASTER motherboard to the test under different usage scenarios. We will also test the system performance based on its individual components and seek out for anomalies and positive results that are worth mentioning.
Additionally, we will also give some stress to the motherboard by overclocking the CPU for this test. Since the quality of the motherboard can contribute to the stability of the overclock, we can if the X299 AORUS MASTER performs as expected.
|CPU||Intel Core i9-7900X|
|RAM||AORUS RGB Memory 3200MHz
CL16-18-18-38 4 x 8GB DDR4 Kit
|Storage||Plextor M8V M.2 SATA SSD 256GB|
|GPU||PALIT GameRock GeForce GTX 1070|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte X299 AORUS MASTER|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Seidon 120XL|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro 64 bit|
General Performance Testing
Futuremark PCMark 10
PCMark 10 Extended provides organizations with a complete assessment of system performance beyond typical office work tasks. It also includes demanding graphics and physics tests that focus on GPU and CPU performance.
Passmark Performance Test
PassMark PerformanceTest benchmarks a PC performance using 32 standard benchmark tests in five test suites.
- CPU tests Mathematical operations, compression, encryption, physics.
- 2D graphics tests Vectors, bitmaps, fonts, text, and GUI elements.
- 3D graphics tests DirectX 9 to DirectX 12 in 4K resolution. DirectCompute & OpenCL
- Disk tests Reading, writing & seeking within disk files + IOPS
- Memory tests Memory access speeds and latency
CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software Cinema 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation.
Super PI is a single threaded benchmark that calculates pi to a specific number of digits. It uses the Gauss-Legendre algorithm to compute pi to 232 digits.
7-Zip is a free and open-source file archiver. The benchmark determines the speed of the system compressing and decompressing of archives with LZMA methods.
AIDA64 is a system information, diagnostics, and auditing application developed by FinalWire Ltd. It includes a memory benchmark test which shows the system’s memory latency and speed.
CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program measures sequential and random read/write speeds.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark is a widely used software used to measure storage system performance. It runs various read and write tests with different test data to see performance of the disk under different scenarios.
AS SSD Benchmark
The AS SSD benchmark determines the performance of Solid State Drives (SSD). The tool contains six synthetic and three copy tests. The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are performed without using the operating system cache. In the sequential test, the program measures how long it takes to read and write a 1 GB file. In the 4K test, read and write performance is determined for randomly selected 4K blocks.
Synthetic Graphics Performance
Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today’s high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today.
3DMark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spy is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built “the right way” from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal test for benchmarking the latest graphics cards.
Rise of the Tomb Raider (1080p High Settings)
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (1080p, High Settings)
Far Cry 5 (1080p, High Settings)
Final Fantasy XV (1080p, High Settings)
World of Tanks (1080p, Ultra Settings)
The X299 AORUS MASTER was able to complete all the tests without any hiccups. The motherboard handled the 10-core processor with ease, and there weren’t any anomalies detected. Benchmarking the system was a breeze, and the system ran stably. Could this still be the case when we push the CPU to an overclocked state?