Asus Z97 Pro (Wi-Fi ac) Socket 1150 Motherboard Review

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Cinebench R11.5 and POV-Ray

Cinebench R11.5 is a 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering

This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by AixSponza). This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.


In this particular benchmark the ASUS board scored below all the rest of the Z97 boards when running in its "normal" state. It scored very similarly to a Z77 board in fact. However, just for science we also tested it in its "optimized" state that allows the CPU to overclock, and in that state it was the fastest Z97 board we've ever seen by a small margin, scoring 1.9 in the single-thread test and 9 in the multi-threaded test.

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing

POV-Ray, or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines, and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.


In this CPU-dependent benchmark the ASUS board finished just one tick ahead of its competitors when running the multi-threaded test, and was neck-and-neck with all of them in single-threaded mode. Like in the previous test we ran the board using its one-click "optimized" mode and was far and away the fastest Z97 board we've tested, but it's likely due to the fact that the ASUS software was able to overclock the board all the way up to 4.6GHz.

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