Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboard Review: Features Galore For Skylake

Cinebench R15 and POV-Ray

Cinebench R15 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 R15
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.


The Gigabyte Z170X-Gaming G1 is an impressive performer. While it may not be burning up the track with these numbers; they are not too far off from our intial Skylake testing at launch. Our overclocking results reveals a solid gain in performance as well.

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.

pov ray3

Here we have another strong performance, again in line with our previously tested Z170 platform (albeit under a different configuration). This is the one test that continually crashed our system with a "WHEA_uncorrectable_error" until we managed to get our CPU core voltage just right at 1.375v. Still, as mentioned in the BIOS section, this OC made our temps skyrocket. That led to our opting for a multiplier-based overclock of 100x46.

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