MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK Motherboard Review: Sharp Dressed, Feature Packed

Z170A Gaming M9 ACK 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.
MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK Cinebench3
Again, all of the Z170-based offerings performed similarly, with an ever so slight edge going to the MSI when overclocked, at least in the multi-threaded test. Single-threaded performance trailed by a small margin.

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.

MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK POV Ray2
Here we have the Z170A Gaming M9 ACK falling close in line with our top performers, though it just barely steals the win when overclocked. 

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