CPU & GPU Performance
The motherboard’s stock CPU performance is relatively good and remains within an acceptable range of the top-tier results.
Once overclocked, the performance numbers do improve by a significant margin and compare quite favourably against the competition.
The C7Z170-OCE’s compute time while using the CPU’s stock frequency is pretty decent although it falls behind the SuperMicro C7Z170-SQ. Despite this, the difference is minimal and shouldn’t affect the CPU workload performance on a consistent basis.
After the overclock was applied, there was a slight decrease in the motherboard’s positioning. However, the results bunch up considerably and performing 5-10 runs could easily yield a slightly different order.
In a similar vein to the other CPU benchmarks, the motherboard attained fairly average scores when compared to its rivals. I expected to see better figures here but at least C7Z170-OCE wasn’t too far off the mid-table results.
Here we can see the overclock really helps matters and drastically improves the motherboard’s performance. Furthermore, it’s only a few points off attaining a top 3 position.
In terms of 3D benchmarking, the C7Z170-OCE almost managed to record the best Firestrike Extreme score thus far. While improvements in 3D performance generally stem from driver enhancements, it’s great to see the motherboard showcasing its suitability during gaming tasks.
Here we can see the C7Z170-OCE’s excellent performance in Tomb Raider at both 1080P and 1440P resolutions.
In a rather bizarre contrast, the motherboard struggled to maintain a similar level of performance during the Bioshock Infinite bench run. Honestly, this is probably down to some sort of deviation withb the benchmark and newer drivers. It’s happened on quite a few motherboards of late so I would personally focus on the Tomb Raider results as a more accurate indication of gaming performance.