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MSI Z97 XPower Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used

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To verify that the motherboard works as advertised, the board was run through our standard benchmark suite. In most cases, the results are presented for the motherboard under review as well as a different similar-class motherboard for performance comparison purposes. The benchmark tests used should give you a good understanding of the board’s capabilities for both office and gaming use so that you, the reader, can make a more informed purchasing decision.

Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i7-4770K
(3.5GHz, 35 x 100MHz Base Clock)
Motherboards MSI Z97 XPower
MSI Z97 Gaming 7
GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1-WIFI-BK
ASUS Z97-Deluxe
EVGA Z97 Classified
MSI Z87 XPower
Memory Stock Testing
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 modules
(1600MHz, 9-10-9-27-1T, 1.525V)

Z97 Overclock Testing
Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 modules
(2400MHz, 11-13-13-31-1T, 1.65V)

Hard Drive Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III HD
Sound Card On-board sound
Video Card NVIDIA GTX 570 1.25GB
ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 3GB
CPU Cooling Corsair Hydro Series™ H100i Extreme Performance CPU Cooler
Video Drivers NVIDIA 335.23
Power Supply Corsair HX750
Operating System Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Test Setup Explanation

The 64-bit Windows 7 based test bench used for Intel Z87 LGA1150 board testing includes an Intel Core i7-4770K CPU, 16GB of DDR3-1866 memory, an NVIDIA GTX 570 1.25GB video card, and a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD drive. For the Z97-based board testing, an ASUS Poseidon GTX 780 3GB video card was used for testing - both it and the GTX 570 had no effect on the benchmark tests run. Using the selected components gives us the ability to demonstrate the motherboard's capabilities rather than that of the components themselves.

Benchmark Tests used for evaluation:

  • SoftPerfect Research NetWorx Speed Test
  • LanBench v1.1.0
  • ATTO Disk Benchmark v2.47
  • SiSoft Sandra 2012
  • LinX Intel Linpack Benchmark v0.6.4
  • Maxon Cinebench 11.5
July 2, 2014 | 10:17 AM - Posted by Renegade87 (not verified)

I just bought this mobo (along with a 4790K Devils Canyon CPU) to replace my aging but still viable ASUS Maximus Formula LGA775 mobo/QX9650 3.0GHz Yorkfield setup. I'm expecting the delivery once I get home from work. Can't wait.

"The Egg Place" has this mobo for less $ than either price listed in this article.

Normally, I look to an ASUS product first, but this Z97 XPower board looks to keep me happy for the next 5 years +

July 2, 2014 | 10:26 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Its a nice board with some very interesting add-ons, should be a good upgrade for you.

Best of luck...

July 2, 2014 | 01:29 PM - Posted by MahoganySoapbox

I really enjoyed the Bios features review and the hardware pictures. A very good looking piece of gear. Please, let us know what results you see with further O.C. testing.

I also agree that the use of barbs instead of ports for the targeted customer was unusual. The addition of another NIC would be expected for that price point.

Thanks Morry!

July 4, 2014 | 03:56 PM - Posted by sirryche (not verified)

can the barbs unscrew and come out and replace with ports?

July 18, 2014 | 03:57 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

no, the barbs are fixed in place unfortunately...

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