Memory Bandwidth

AIDA64

This program has many tools for determining memory bandwidth as well as various latency values.

Memory Read

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard Aida64 Memory Read Graph

In this test, we saw a result of 46,915MB/s at stock speeds and 52,184MB/s overclocked. These results are close to the MPG Z490 but below that of the ASRock X570 Creator. The latter is of course different architecturally, rather than indicating an issue with the GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master.

Memory Write

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard Aida64 Memory Write Graph

In this test, the GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master scored 45,629MB/s stock and 52,116MB/s when overclocked.

Memory Copy

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard Aida64 Memory Copy Graph

Here we do not see as much of a difference between stock and overclocked settings. Here we have a result of 42,254MB/s stock and 47,900MB/s overclocked.

Sandra Memory Bandwidth

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard SiSoftware Sandra 2020 Memory Bandwidth Graph

In this test, the GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master scored a result of 28.88GB/s at stock speeds and 32.15MB/s when overclocked. The stock result was unusually low, but it was consistent in multiple test runs.

Application Benchmarks

We are going to start with application and system benchmarks for comparisons, these are the kind of benchmarks that provide an overall performance score to compare with.  These are also benchmarks that may either test the system as a whole, including many different real-world workloads, or stress the CPU in ways real-world everyday workloads are performed to produce a performance result.

Geekbench 5

Geekbench 5.1.1 was used for this test. It is a multi-platform test that is comparable across different CPU architectures.

Single Core

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard Geekbench graph

In this test, we don’t see much of a difference between the stock and overclocked results. This is due to the very high single-core boost clocks of the Core i9-10900K. Essentially, these are running at nearly the same speed in both tests. In fact, the overclocked result was slightly worse. Compared to the MSI MPG Z490, the Z490 Aorus Master scores a little worse.

Multi-Core

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard Geekbench graph

In this test, the Z490 Aorus Master scored 9,974 at stock speeds and 10,164 when overclocked. MSI MPG Z490 oddly scored much better comparatively at 11,298. I’m not sure what’s up with the vast discrepancy. However, we haven’t tested this CPU on too many motherboards as of yet.

AIDA64 CPU Queen

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard Aida64 CPU Queen Graph

In this test, we see all of the 10900K based systems score close to one another. Even overclocked, there isn’t that much of an increase overstock.

SiSoft Sandra

We used SiSoftware Sandra version 2020.5.30.41 for all Sandra testing. The processor arithmetic Dhrystone and Whetstone performance results are represented in GFLOPS.

Dhrystone

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard Sisoft Sandra 2020 Dhrystone Graph

Here we see a result of 562.27GFLOPS at stock speeds and 580.18GFLOPS overclocked. These results are almost identical across all our test systems aside from the Core i9-9900K which scored considerably lower.

Whetstone

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard Sisoftware Sandra 2020 Whetstone Graph

Again, this is pretty much the same as the Dhrystone test in that all the results are pretty close. The Core i9-9900K fell way behind in this test as well.

wPrime

Version 2.10 was used. We also ran the 1024m test for each test configuration with the appropriate thread count.

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard wPrime Benchmark Graph

In this test we get a bit of a reversal between the MPG Z490 and the GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master. The latter vastly outperforms the former in this test.

WinRAR Benchmark

WinRAR 5.90 was used. We are looking at the KB/s that each CPU can process.

GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master Motherboard WinRAR benchmark graph

In the WinRAR test, the GIGABYTE Z490 Aorus Master slips behind the MSI MPG Z490 once again. Overclocked, the gains aren’t massive either.

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3 Comments

  1. Interesting read. If I were going to go with Intel at this stage in the game, this is one of the boards I’d consider for sure.
  2. It was a good board. My brother in law used that test setup over the weekend to play Destiny 2 with me. It worked well. The other board I put in a friend’s machine is working well. He’s had no trouble with it and is very happy with the upgrade. He went from a 3770K and an ASUS Maximus V Extreme (if I recall correctly) and dual GTX 980 Ti’s to a single RTX 2080 Ti and a 10700K.

    We rarely get to sample additional copies of boards during the review process, so it was nice to see both worked well.

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