Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-8700K (HyperThreading and Turbo boost is locked on to 4.8 GHz for all six cores. Coffee Lake DX11 CPU graphics.
  • EVGA Z370 FTW motherboard (Intel Z370 chipset, latest BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x), supplied by EVGA
  • T-FORCE XTREEM 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3866MHz), supplied by Team Group
  • RTX 2060 SUPER Founders Edition 8GB, stock clocks, on loan from NVIDIA
  • T-FORCE DELTA MAX 500GB SSD Supplied by Team Group
  • Team Group PD400 External/Portable 240GB SSD, Supplied by Team Group
  • T-FORCE Vulcan 500GB SSD Supplied by Team Group
  • Kingston A1000 480 GB NVMe PCIe SSD, supplied by Kingston
  • Team Group L5 LITE 3D 2.5″ 480 GB SSD
  • 2TB Seagate 7200 rpm SSHD (Solid State Hard Drive)
  • Edifier R1280T active desktop speakers
  • Monoprice Crystal Pro 4K

Test Configuration – Software

  • Nvidia’s GeForce 431.60 WHQL drivers were used.  High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display.
  • VSync is off in the control panel.
  • AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied.
  • All results show loading time in seconds.
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • Windows 10 64-bit Home edition.
  • Latest DirectX
  • All games are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
  • MSI’s Afterburner, latest version.
  • IOmeter
  • HD Tach
  • HD Tune
  • AS SSD
  • ATTO
  • Crystal DiskMark

PC Game & Level Loading Suite

  • World of Warcraft (PC Mark 8)
  • Battlefield 3 (PC Mark 8)

Synthetic Benching Suites

  • SiSoft Sandra 2020
  • AIDA64
  • PC Mark 8

Nvidia Control Panel settings:

We used MSI’s Afterburner to set the power and temp limits to their maximums.

Let’s head to our benching results.

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