GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X Gaming 5 ATX Motherboard Review: Page 10 of 12

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Posted by Paul Malfy on Monday, January 30, 2017 - 8:00am

Gaming Benchmarks and Performance

3DMark

3DMark is a computer benchmarking tool created and developed by Futuremark used to determine the performance of a computer's 3D graphic rendering and CPU workload processing capabilities. It does this through a series of graphics and physics and or CPU tests. I Firestrike, the 3DMARK DX11 benchmark and Time Spy, the new DX12 Benchmark. Both benchmarks were run at stock clocks on the OC settings in the Global WattMan settings. I also ran both benchmarks overclocked as well. I ran the STRIX 1070 at its stock clock of 1657 MHz in OC mode and Over clockers to +125 on the core and +250 on the memory. These were the results.

GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X Gaming 5 ATX Motherboard

The results for Time Spy weren’t much different between the stock and overclocked results.

GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X Gaming 5 ATX Motherboard

There was a greater difference in scores between the stock and overclocked setting in Firestrike.

Gaming Benchmarks

I chose three games to benchmark on the Z270X Gaming 5. All games were benchmarked on their highest presets, at 1080p, 1440p and 4K. I ran a series of 3, 2 minute benchmarks on each resolution. I recorded the minimum, maximum, and average. I then averaged out the 3 runs to get the final score. These games were Crysis 3, GTA V and the Witcher 3. These games were picked due to a combination of popularity and how graphically demanding they all still are. Although it was released in 2013, Crysis 3 remains one of the most graphically intensive games ever produced. Grand Theft Auto 5, released on PC in 2015, has one of the most extensive graphics menus to date. Finally, the Witcher 3, because it’s one of the best-looking games ever and can bring even the most powerful systems to its knees.

GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X Gaming 5 ATX Motherboard

Even Crysis 3 stayed about 30 FPS, maxed out in 4K. However, with my STRIX 1070, 1440 was the sweet spot. For 1080p, this card is overkill.

GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X Gaming 5 ATX Motherboard

The STRIX 1070 could keep GTA 5 over 60 fps even in 4K. This is with the advanced setting essentially turned off. However, the preset was at its highest setting.

GIGABYTE AORUS Z270X Gaming 5 ATX Motherboard

I was amazed that the STRIX 1070 could keep The Witcher 3 over 30 FPS in 4K. But again, 1440p was the sweet spot.

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