MSI Z170A GAMING M5 (LGA1151) Motherboard Review

Networking Performance

Passmark Performance Test 8 – Ethernet

The motherboard’s Killer E2400 network interface managed to throw up some intriguing results. For example, TCP numbers had a huge range between 820 Mbps and 1060 Mbps. This showcases the potential in terms of maximum speed. Annoyingly, its ranking was hindered by the minimum figures which suggests there needs to be greater consistency. The UDP throughout was another highlight and exceeded my expectations.

Passmark Performance Test 8 – CPU Work Load

As expected, the Killer E2400 reported higher CPU utilization than the Intel I219V in the majority of cases. This is a major drawback of Killer networking solutions due to the use of software traffic prioritization.