Test Setup

We've updated our Skylake test software to include a couple of new tests and upgraded others to newer versions. For starters, we've used the new version 4 of Terragen, which has optimised code that can complete our benchmark a little quicker now. We've also updated to the latest version of PCMark 8 and added another Futuremark test for 3D performance - the Time Spy CPU test under 3DMark. We've also included Ashes of the Singularity's DirectX 12 CPU benchmark, which we added to our X99 test suite last year.

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Other benchmarks include Cinebench R15, Unigine Valley, RightMark's Audio Analyzer software, and CrystalDiskMark to measure SATA 6Gbps and M.2 performance. We're also using a Core i7-7700K to test Z270 motherboards. To test at stock speed we load the XMP preset to match the memory's rated speed and timings, but leave all other settings at default.

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Thanks to Corsair for supplying the PSU, memory and CPU cooler, to Crucial and Samsung for the SSDs and Intel for the CPU.

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