Gigabyte GA-Z97N-Gaming 5 Review

Written by Antony Leather

August 11, 2014 | 09:11

Tags: #best-mini-itx-motherboard #ddr3 #devils-canyon #lga1150 #mini-itx #sound-card #z97 #z97-itx

Companies: #creative #gigabyte #haswell

Multi-tasking with 7-Zip and mplayer

Websites: www.7-zip.org and www.mplayerhq.hu

Multi-tasking is a phrase with which we're all familiar, as most of us are now used to running multiple applications at the same time. However, to run multiple applications well you need a powerful (ideally multi-core) CPU and plenty of RAM.

Our multi-tasking test performs a massive file backup (with encryption) using 7-Zip, while simultaneously playing back a HD movie file using mplayer, making it a demanding test for any PC.

Multi-tasking

Applications: mplayer and 7-Zip

  • Asus Maximus VI Impact (Z87) (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Gene (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97M Gaming (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97 MPower (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Formula (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97N-Gaming 5 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Gaming 7 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Hero (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97S SLI Plus (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Ranger (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
    • 1728
    • 1868
    • 1693
    • 1765
    • 1684
    • 1817
    • 1676
    • 1771
    • 1667
    • 1697
    • 1666
    • 1763
    • 1665
    • 1812
    • 1662
    • 1736
    • 1643
    • 1763
    • 1641
    • 1801
    • 1627
    • 1769
    • 1577
    • 1698
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1000
1500
2000
Score, higher is better
  • Stock Speed
  • Overclocked

Overall Score

The overall score is an unweighted mean average of the scores of the three individual tests. A score of 1,000 means that the test system is as fast as our reference PC, which used a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 at stock speed, 2GB of Corsair 1,066MHz DDR2 memory, a 250GB Samsung SpinPoint P120S hard disk and an Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP motherboard. The scoring is linear, so a system scoring 1,200 points is 20 per cent faster than our reference system. Equally, a system scoring 1,200 is 4 per cent faster than a system scoring 1,150.

Overall Score

Applications: Gimp, Handbrake, mplayer, 7-Zip

  • Asus Maximus VI Impact (Z87) (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • MSI Z97 MPower (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97N-Gaming 5 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Gene (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97M Gaming (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Hero (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Gaming 7 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Formula (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97S SLI Plus (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Ranger (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
    • 2521
    • 2896
    • 2504
    • 2934
    • 2491
    • 2964
    • 2477
    • 2906
    • 2463
    • 2875
    • 2470
    • 2846
    • 2468
    • 2803
    • 2465
    • 2970
    • 2460
    • 2845
    • 2459
    • 2892
    • 2449
    • 2874
    • 2412
    • 2876
0
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1000
1500
2000
2500
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Score, higher is better
  • Stock Speed
  • Overclocked

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