PC Mark and 3D Mark
PCMark 8 and 3DMark are aimed at being real world tests. PCMark 8 runs through different application scenarios and details a score based of their overall performance. It’s a great way to show what kind of performance you are likely to get with day to day usage within these parameters.
The MSI Z170A Gaming M5 takes a huge leap in the Adobe performance tests with that specific test clearly loving the higher clock speed per core. The Creative tests show the board again on top of things, with the 5960x edging it out with the Home scenarios.
Our gaming tests are done with an AMD R9 290X at stock settings. Here we can see no much of a stretch between the different setups. The processors within each aren’t making for much a performance difference, and that’s just the way gaming works. Although, we can see an extra 700-1000 points with the Fire Strike tests on the MSI Z170A Gaming M5 board over the previous Z87 and Z97 hardware. Which is a solid increase.
The Fire Strike Extreme tests again shows a lead with the newer hardware – even over the enthusiasts level stuff, not a giant lead, but a lead none the less.
8. PC Mark and 3D Mark