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Biostar Z170X Gaming Commander Motherboard Review: A Measure of Control

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Test System and Testing Procedures

Item Name Provided by:
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (ES) Intel
CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-D15S with NT-H1 Thermal Compound Noctua
Power Supply
Corsair HX850W 80 Plus Gold PSU Corsair
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 2x8GB @ 2666MHz 15-17-17-35 2T (XMP) Kingston
Storage Silicon Power S80 240GB SSD (OS) Silicon Power
Graphics Integrated CPU Graphics, Gigabyte GTx 960 Windforce 3x OC Gigabyte
Drivers Intel 10.1.1.7 (Z170), Intel 10.0.2.1 (Z97), AMD Catalyst 15.7 WHQL (FM2+), NVIDIA 353.62 WHQL (Discrete)
Router Cisco E3200 stock firmware with 2x 6ft Cat5E cables for network testing
Motherboard(s) Biostar Z170X Gaming (Z17AF811.BST), EVGA Z170 FTW (v1.03), Gigabyte Z170-Gaming 7 (F3)
Operating System Windows 10 Enterprise*

Latest working BIOS, updates and drivers were used at the time of the review. Each test was conducted at least three times for accuracy with the exception of PCMark 8 which already does three sets per benchmark run. *All performance benchmarks in this review and all reviews going forward will be using the Windows 10 operating system. **Thanks to our sponsors who provided hardware for the test system.

System Benchmarks

  1. Aida64 Engineer 5.30
  2. SiSoft Sandra Lite 2015 SP2b
  3. CineBench R15
  4. PCMark 8 v2.4.304
  5. WinRAR 5.01
  6. x.264 FHD 1.0.1
  7. x.265 0.1.4

Subsystem Testing

  1. CrystalDiskMark 5.0.3 for Storage tests
  2. LatencyMon for DPC monitoring
  3. Rightmark Audio Analyzer 6.4.1
  4. Passmark Performance Test 8.0 – Network Speed Graph

Gaming Benchmarks

  1. 3DMark Firestrike (Default)
  2. Unigine Heaven 4.0 (Max Settings, 1920 x 1080)
  3. Bioshock Infinite (Lowest Settings @ 640 x 480, Max Settings @ 1920 x 1080)

Motherboard Specifications:

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Memory Support
4 DIMM Dual-Channel up to 64GB DDR4
Storage 6x SATA 6G (Z170) (SATA Express)
USB 8x USB 3.0 (Z170), 1x USB 3.1 Type-C (ASMedia ASM1142)
Ethernet 1x Intel i219-V Gigabit NIC, 1x Killer E2201
Audio Realtek ALC898
Displays 1x DisplayPort, 2x HDMI 2.0
Fan Headers 5
Expansion Slots
  1. PCI-E 3.0 x1 via Z170
  2. PCI-E 3.0 x16 via CPU (x16, x8 when slot 4 is populated, switched by ASM1480)
  3. PCI-E 3.0 x1 via Z170
  4. PCI-E 3.0 x16 via CPU (x8, x4 when slot 6 is populated, switched by ASM1480)
  5. PCI-E 3.0 x1 via Z170
  6. PCI-E 3.0 x16 via CPU (x4)
Dimensions ATX 12 x 9.6 inches (305 x 244mm)

For official specifications and promotional information, visit: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5481#ov

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