Intel Z270 Motherboard Round-Up: MSI, Gigabyte, And ASUS Offerings For Kaby Lake

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Z270 Motherboard Round-Up: Low-Res Game Tests

For our next set of tests, we moved on to some in-game benchmarking with Crysis (DirectX) and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (OpenGL). When testing processors with Crysis or ET:QW, we drop the resolution to 1024x768, and reduce all of the in-game graphical options to their minimum values to isolate CPU and memory performance as much as possible. However, the in-game effects, which control the level of detail for the game's physics engines and particle systems, are left at their maximum values, since these actually place some load on the CPU rather than GPU.

Low-Resolution Gaming: Crysis and ET: Quake Wars
Taking the GPU out of the Equation
Crysis

ET Quake Wars X270 Motherboard Testing
Gaming performance was great and about what we expected from these boards and our 4-Core i7-7600. Again and ASUS and MSI are splitting hairs for dominance but neither are that much faster than the Gigabyte contender. 

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