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TweakTown's new GPU Benchmarking Rig (Updated for 2017)

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 5, 2017 7:56 pm

CPU & Motherboard

 

Intel made a big splash earlier this year with its next-gen Kaby Lake CPU architecture, deploying its new 14nm-made flagship Core i7-7700K (our review here) - and becoming the favorite processor for high-end gamers and enthusiasts.

 

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It offers some truly great price/performance ratios but isn't much faster than the older Core i7-6700K. I didn't see an urgency to move to Kaby Lake right away, but I waited three months for some higher-end boards to arrive, and here we are. Before the 7700K, I was running a 6700K that I was going to switch the GPU testing onto, and through my testing, I decided at the last minute to wait and push those efforts off for the 7700K.

 

 

I will be making some Ryzen 7 1800X processor comparisons with all sorts of GPU combinations, with single/multi-GPU tests already finished and waiting in the pipeline. Core i7-7700K vs. Ryzen 7 1800X with GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SLI (yes, two of them in SLI) make for some interesting articles and videos.

 

 

Powered by GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming 9

 

GIGABYTE's high-end Z270X-Gaming 9 motherboard is the crown jewel of the entire system, housing the Core i7-7700K and 1TB OCZ RD400 NVMe M.2 SSD, as well as the G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4-4000MHz RAM. It deserves its own section, but Steven's review of the Z270X-Gaming 9 is more than thorough enough, so I'll just give it a once over again for our GPU benchmarking.

 

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GIGABYTE offers EK Water Blocks compatibility for water cooling, RGB Fusion tech for some RGB LED controlling goodness, Smart Fan 5 tech, and Creative's great Sound Blazer ZxRi 'AMP-UP Audio' technology for great sound.

 

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GIGABYTE's inclusion of RGB Fusion is a big deal for looks, and while it doesn't add to performance... when you're spending this much money on hardware, you want it to look awesome at the same time, right?!

 

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Look at those LEDs... mesmerizing.

 

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GIGABYTE knows the future of the PC is RGB LEDs, so they've provided support for standard 12V external RGB, RGBW, and even RGB/UV light strips on the Z270X-Gaming 9. Amazing stuff.

 

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The GIGABYTE/AORUS Z270X-Gaming 9 motherboard itself, and the important x16 PCIe port.

 

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Showing off the board again, and the 1TB OCZ RD400 NVMe M.2 SSD.

 

The RGB LEDs look awesome at night.

 

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The Core i7-7700K processor is cooled by the Noctua U12S cooler.

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