In terms of gaming performance, you can see no significant difference in terms of frame rate between the motherboards from top to bottom of the charts. Even the top-of-the-line X99 system still struggles to show much of a difference in gaming performance compared to the lower-ends.
Screenshot of Battlefield 4.
Screenshot of Grand Theft Auto V.
SATA & M.2 Performance
SATA performance test was performed using the M6 Pro 128GB solid state drive (SSD) from Plextor, which is powered by Marvel’s controller. Our test results with CrystalDiskMark software showed that the drive plugged on the Intel SATA3 6Gb/s port can deliver data transfer speeds near Plextor’s official specifications. The SSD was able to score a sequential read speed of 544.2 MB/s and write at 315.0 MB/s. 4K random performance was tremendous as well, reaching a random read speed of 36.28 MB/s and 95.73 MB/s write.
Unfortunately, we were not able to test out the M.2 performance because for some reason our Transcend MTS800 256GB M.2 SSD was not showing up in the UEFI BIOS in both of the M.2 sockets.
The USB 3.1 performance was tested using the Kingston DataTraveler 32GB USB 3.1 flash drive that was connected to the USB 3.1 Type-A port. Our test results from CrystalDiskMark showed that the USB drive can deliver data transfer speeds close to Kingston’s specifications.
Next up, we tested the USB 3.0 performance using SanDisk’s Ultra 32GB dual USB 3.0 flash drive. The CrystalDiskMark results are within our expectation, the USB drive performed close to SanDisk’s specifications.
For comparison purpose, we also tested out the USB 2.0 performance with the same USB drive. As you can see the sequential read speed is at least 3 times lower than the USB 3.0 port.
RightMark Audio Analyzer is used to measure the analog signal quality of the audio system. The performance grades given are from Very Poor to Excellent. The Realtek ALC1150 audio solution gave an overall performance score of Excellent, indicating that it can produce an excellent audio quality.
The network performance of Intel’s I219-V and I210-AT Gigabit LANs were tested with SiSoftware Sandra’s Network (LAN) benchmark. Nothing unusual can be seen here as the data bandwidth results are pretty much similar to the rests of the motherboards that we have tested. The data bandwidth obtained was close to 7 MB/s.