Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i9-10900K (HyperThreading and Turbo boost is locked on to 5.1/5.0GHz for all eight cores. Comet Lake DX11 CPU graphics.
  • EVGA Z490 FTW motherboard (Intel Z390 chipset, latest BIOS with Resizable BAR disabled, PCIe 3.0/3.1/3.1 – USB 3.0 Type-C specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
  • T-FORCE XTREEM 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3866MHz), supplied by TeamGroup
  • T-FORCE EX2 Elite SATA III 512GB SSD, supplied by TeamGroup
  • T-FORCE DELTA MAX SATA III 1TB SSD, supplied by TeamGroup
  • T-FORCE Vulcan 500GB SATA III SSD, supplied by TeamGroup
  • Team Group MP33 1TB NVMe Gen 3 x4 PCIe SSD
  • T-FORCE Liquid CARDEA 512GB PCIe Gen 3 x4 NVMe SSD, supplied by TeamGroup
  • T-FORCE CARDEA IOPS1TB PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe SSD, supplied by TeamGroup
  • T-FORCE CARDEA Ceramic C440 1TB PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe SSD, supplied by TeamGroup
  • ANTEC HCG1000 Extreme, 1000W gold power supply unit
  • DEEPCOOL Castle 360EX AIO 360mm liquid CPU cooler
  • Phanteks Eclipse P400 ATX mid-tower (plus 1 Noctua 140mm fan)
  • BenQ EW3270U 32″ 4K HDR 60Hz  FreeSync monitor

Test Configuration – Software

  • Intel’s drivers v30.0.100.9966
  • Gaming results show loading time in seconds and lower is better
  • Windows 10 64-bit Pro edition; latest updates/build
  • Latest DirectX
  • All benchmarking programs are updated to their latest versions
  • IOmeter
  • HD Tach
  • HD Tune
  • AS SSD
  • ATTO
  • Crystal DiskMark
  • S.M.A.R.T. Tool (TeamGroup)

PC Game & Level Loading Suite

  • World of Warcraft (PCMark 8)
  • Battlefield 3 (PCMark 8)
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers & Endwalker benchmarks – loading times of five levels each

Synthetic Benching Suites

  • SiSoft Sandra 2020
  • AIDA64
  • PCMark 8 
  • PCMark 10 Pro version courtesy of UL
  • SPECworkstation3 (3.0.4) Benchmarks
  • Anvil’s Storage Utilities

Let’s head to our benching results.