Avoid embarrassing GPU sag!
Moving on to networking, this is all Intel (Killer became an Intel brand when Rivet Networks was acquired by Intel last year), and includes a pair of LAN ports consisting of a 2.5GbE Intel Killer Ethernet E3100G and 1GbE Intel I219-V. Wireless connectivity is provided by the Intel Killer WiFi 6E AX1675, which “supports dual-band 2×2 160MHz with extended 6GHz band support”.
I did some basic wireless testing, but my current router setup is a bottleneck so I only hit my network’s max ~70 MB/s file transfer speed from the NAS. I’m currently limited to 80 MHz on the 5 GHz side, and 160 Hz width will be required to get the most out of this Intel Killer AX1675 solution. I need to update my setup.
Integrated audio handles up to 32-bit, 192 KHz according to Windows. I tested the rear panel audio with native 24-bit, 96 KHz files, played via WASAPI event output on Foobar2000 through the primary 2-channel output jack. The quality was very good in this native format, and I noted good clarity and channel separation. Integrated audio produces an overall “smooth” sound, and I found it to have ample headroom when using sensitive headphones (subjective testing conducted using Audio Technica ATH-AD900X).
Moving past these questionable observations, it’s time to look at some CPU and GPU performance testing results.