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Z97 Motherboard Group Test - Asus, ASRock, Gigabyte and MSI

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l3p 11th May 2014, 09:55 Quote
Seriously hope they get rid of all that red soon :)
Combatus 11th May 2014, 09:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3p
Seriously hope they get rid of all that red soon :)

I get the feeling you won't be happy till they're all luminous green ;)
Kovoet 11th May 2014, 10:30 Quote
Well I have waited with my faithful old 2700k long enough so it shall be the Asus ranger and a new cpu coming my way. Can see my 2700k and maximus formula very going for sale soon
mikemaher205 11th May 2014, 10:35 Quote
And just as I was writing a specification list for my new system, Intel throw a curve ball. Either way, I feel my Asus Maximum IV Gene/Gen 3 has been faithful and shall retire to permanent Folding duties.

Perhaps eBay will be flooded with Z87 boards for us tight pocket folks? :-)
Corky42 11th May 2014, 10:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
I get the feeling you won't be happy till they're all luminous green ;)

How about day glow pink ;)

Back OT, it would be nice to see Intel provide more PCI-E lanes on future chips. I get the feeling manufactures have had one hand tied behind their backs with Z97 when it comes to dividing the available lanes between the PCI-E connectors, and M.2 / SATAe
l3p 11th May 2014, 10:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
I get the feeling you won't be happy till they're all luminous green ;)

Just ... completely black would be ok :D
SlowMotionSuicide 11th May 2014, 12:17 Quote
These came out nicely, I'm about to upgrade my aging Lynnfield-based system. The new, more affordable ROG offering seems perfect (I was eyeing the VI Hero before, lower price with less not-so-necessary features is just nice), although MSI's ain't so bad either, and my P55-GD65 hasn't really gave me much issues. Now if only Intel would just start shipping the Devil's Canyon...

Could you b-t folks please confirm whether the MSI's board is genuine black like on the Maximus one, or is it the usual ugly butt-ass brown most vendors try to sneakily pass as black pcb? I've seen enough photos to not trust them.

Thank you.
vdbswong 11th May 2014, 12:20 Quote
At the start you state:
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Today we're looking at the Gaming 7, which retails for £140, and as you'd expect, it has all the bells and whistles, an excellent EFI but while it has an M.2 port it does leave out SATA Express. Click here to read the review or click on the image below.

Yet in the conclusion you write:
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That said, we're sure you'd be equally happy with the superb Gaming 7 and it also has SATA Express support whereas the Ranger does not.

Which seems to contradict each other ?
Corky42 11th May 2014, 12:39 Quote
AFAIK the Gaming 7 comes with a M.2 to SATA Express adapter, so while it doesn't have a SATA Express connector you can plug the adapter into the M.2 socket should the need arise.
Combatus 11th May 2014, 12:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by vdbswong
At the start you state:

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Today we're looking at the Gaming 7, which retails for £140, and as you'd expect, it has all the bells and whistles, an excellent EFI but while it has an M.2 port it does leave out SATA Express. Click here to read the review or click on the image below.
Yet in the conclusion you write:


That said, we're sure you'd be equally happy with the superb Gaming 7 and it also has SATA Express support whereas the Ranger does not.

Which seems to contradict each other ?

Well spotted - one MSI spec sheet we were reading off omitted SATA Express but we found out later it did include it - must have missed this section in our amendments!
faugusztin 11th May 2014, 13:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Kovoet
Well I have waited with my faithful old 2700k long enough so it shall be the Asus ranger and a new cpu coming my way.

I am personally going to upgrade to the Z97 board from my Z77 server system for one simple reason - Z97 is the last DDR3 system Intel will have. Next gen for both S2011 and S115x is DDR4, and i am not planning to replace my 32GB DDR3 at the higher prices DDR4 will have in first 1-2 years :D. So upgrade to Z97 (ASRock Z97 Extreme6 is the board which i like the most) and a CPU yet to be decided (with possibility of replacing it with Broadwell once it comes out in Q4/2014 or Q1/2015) and that will be my server system hopefully until sometime 2017.
barny2767 11th May 2014, 14:33 Quote
Well I see my AMD Phenom II x4 and my Asus Crosshair III finally being replaced now although I want to stay with AMD but it costs less to get an Asus Hero and an i5 4670K than an Asus Sabertooth 990FX and a AMD FX-9590.
daletur328 11th May 2014, 17:07 Quote
While I realise there is little SATA Express out there, M.2 is available and as one of the major features of the Z97 boards, I can't understand why no one is reviewing these boards utilising them.
I do agree that there is far too much red, some one needs to make white highlighted board, think they will clean up.
faugusztin 11th May 2014, 17:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by daletur328
I do agree that there is far too much red, some one needs to make white highlighted board, think they will clean up.

Red makes everything faster .
David164v8 11th May 2014, 17:53 Quote
I wouldn't expect it in this review, but does anyone know where the VII Impact is at? Haven't heard very much about it.
Combatus 11th May 2014, 18:15 Quote
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I wouldn't expect it in this review, but does anyone know where the VII Impact is at? Haven't heard very much about it.

It was launched after the main bunch with Z87 and I think the Formula is yet to make an appearance too. They're coming, I'm sure :D
Dogbert666 11th May 2014, 18:22 Quote
Yeah, at launch the ROG series consists of Ranger, Hero and Gene. Impact, Formula and Extreme still to come - I expect there will be announcements at Computex :)
David164v8 11th May 2014, 18:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
It was launched after the main bunch with Z87 and I think the Formula is yet to make an appearance too. They're coming, I'm sure :D
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Originally Posted by Dogbert666
Yeah, at launch the ROG series consists of Ranger, Hero and Gene. Impact, Formula and Extreme still to come - I expect there will be announcements at Computex :)

Great, hopefully in time for the new Haswell processors. :D

Edit: Does the Asus KeyBot allow for turning on a the computer with the keyboard? My Gigabyte board at the moment has this option, but apparently I need a PS/2 keyboard. Does KeyBot mean I can just use my usb keyboard?
kenco_uk 11th May 2014, 23:30 Quote
I don't know if anyone else has mentioned it, but some of the Gigabyte thumbnail images don't load up the enlarged shots.
Gomfs 13th May 2014, 17:14 Quote
something i notice on the graphs is that they are not 100% lined after performance, anyone else notice this?

for example does the MSI board get far lower place than it should in many of the graphs like ex. Skyrim where it stock is better than both the Asus and Gigabyte board but still placed below em.
same in ATTO Disk Benchmark where it is faster than the Asrock and Gigabyte but still placed below em...
Corky42 13th May 2014, 18:06 Quote
Isn't that because the order is based on the minimum for the gaming benchmarks, and the maximum for the ATTO benchmark.
Gomfs 13th May 2014, 23:26 Quote
mostly, but gives a wrong image of the performance.
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