ASUS ROG STRIX X370-F Gaming AMD Motherboard Review: Page 7 of 9
Posted by Damon Bailey on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 8:00am
Testing & Performance
General Performance Testing
All benchmarks are run using stock settings on the CPU, which leaves XFR enabled for some automatic boosting. We noticed it frequently running as high as 3.9Ghz under light to moderate loads, and 3.6-3.7Ghz under moderate to heavy loads. The ram was manually clocked to its XMP rating of 3200Mhz @ 16-16-16-39 Speeds.
Games where ran at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and higher settings enabled.
"Use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices."
For General system performance, the ASUS STRIX X370-F paired with the Ryzen 1500X CPU makes a great machine that competes with quad core offerings from team blue for a fraction of the cost.
Super PI Modded 1.5
“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”
The lower clock speed compared to similar Intel Quad core chips results in a slower calculation time.
Fritz Chess is a benchmark in which a fictitious game of chess is played. As each move has to be calculated by the computer, it is an excellent test of CPU muscle.
The STRIX X370-F helps the 1500X turn in a score here that is pretty close to AMD’s older FX-9590 which sports twice the core count. Not bad at all!
"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. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and many more.
CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It's completely free."
Here with see the system edge out the older 8 core, and even many of team blue’s quad core offerings.
The benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reaches 100, the score is taken
We similar results here from again from our 1500X equipped STRIX X370-F.
Memory Performance Testing
AIDA64 Engineer Edition
“FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises. The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.”
With The STRIX X370-F able to run our ram at its full 3200MHz, It turns in great memory bandwidth scores under AIDA64.
The higher CAS Latency of this setup brings us out near the bottom of the pack in latency testing, but that is no fault of the board and well expected with this ram kit.
Passmark Performance Test - Memory Mark - Threaded
“Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark PerformanceTest ™ allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.”
Passmark also shows strong performance thanks to the STRIX X370-F’s ability to run DDR4 at full speeds.
“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems--or potential headaches.”
Again the same trend. AMD’s Ryzen CPU’s do great with high speed ram and the ASUS ROG STRIX X370-F gives you the ability to deliver that.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
“As the industry's leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark"
ATTO shows up that a single SATA Drive has no issues or bottle necks. We will go ahead and try to RAID multiple SSD’s together and see if we can find any bottlenecks.
2x Drives – Good scaling so far.
3x Drives – still perfect scaling.
And 4x Drives. We still see perfect scaling here. Intel’s latest 200 series chipsets can hit right at the 2GB/s mark with 4 drives which is indicating a bit of a bottleneck, the X370 Chipset on this STRIX X370-F exhibits perfect scaling on 4 drives with nearly 2.2GB/s.
“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds."
Measuring our OS Drive in AHCI mode, the Corsair Force LX we see exactly what the manufacturers specifications show it should be.
A Samsung 960 Pro 2TB M.2 SSD shows full performance in the STRIX X370-F’s single M.2 port.
"Test the sequential or random read/write performance without using the cache. AS SSD Benchmark reads/writes a 1 GByte file as well as randomly chosen 4K blocks. Additionally, it performs the tests using 1 or 64 threads and it determines the SSD's access time.
Two extra benchmark tests examine the drive's behavior when (1) copying a few big files, a lot of small files and a mixture of file sizes by using cached copy functions of your OS as well as (2) reading/writing data depending on the data's compressibility."
AS SSD shows the same as Crystal Disk Mark for our OS drive.
3DMark – Fire Strike
"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"
The raw clock speeds don’t quite compare to Intel’s offerings, but the STRIX X370-F’s high speed DDR4 support helps even the gap, turning in strong performance even with a lower end chip that what it is capable of.
3DMark – Time Spy
"3Dmark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PC’s. Time Spay 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.”
Again, CPU clockspeed makes a difference, but actual graphics and game scores are pretty solid here.
Grand Theft Auto: V
"When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.”
Grand Theft Auto V can be quite CPU intensive with the settings turned up, as well as the obvious increase in graphical loading. The STRIX X370-F does well here edging out some similar systems.
Metro: Last Light
"It Is the Year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt a midst the poisoned skies above."
Developed by 4A games and published by Deepsilver, Metro: Last Light uses the 4A game engine. At its highest settings, the 4A game engine is capable of bringing all but the most extreme gaming systems to their knees.
We see solid performance here in Metro: Last Night from the test system.