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

May 11, 2014 | 08:00

Tags: #asrock-z97 #asus-z97 #best-z97-motherboard #gigabyte-z97 #intel-z97 #lga1150 #m2 #msi-z97 #sata-express

Companies: #bit-tech #haswell

Media Benchmarks

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We've developed our own suite of benchmarks using real-world and open-source applications to simulate how PCs are actually used. The suite comprises an image editing test using Gimp, a video encoding test using Handbrake, and a multi-tasking test using 7-Zip to archive and encrypt a large batch of files while a HD movie plays in mplayer.

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.

Gimp Image Editing
Website:
Gimp

Far from being some kind of pr0n-filtering tool, Gimp is an open-source image editing application - Gimp is an acronym of GNU Image Manipulation Program. Our test simulates how well a PC can manipulate a collection of large digital photos, and to achieve a low time requires a PC with a powerful CPU, plenty of quick memory and efficient access to storage.

Image Editing

Application: Gimp

  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VI Impact (Z87) (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • MSI Gaming 7 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Ranger (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
    • 2123
    • 2524
    • 2106
    • 2500
    • 2106
    • 2523
    • 2098
    • 2530
    • 2063
    • 2507
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Score, higher is better
  • Stock Speed
  • Overclocked

Video encoding with Handbrake
Website:
http://handbrake.fr

We use the open-source, GPL-licensed, multi-platform, multi-threaded video encoder Handbrake to encode a HD video using the H.264 codec. This primarily tests multi-threaded CPU and memory subsystem performance.

Video Encoding

Application: Handbrake

  • Asus Maximus VI Impact (Z87) (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Gaming 7 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Ranger (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
    • 3729
    • 4384
    • 3670
    • 4451
    • 3630
    • 4250
    • 3614
    • 4123
    • 3596
    • 4422
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Score, higher is better
  • Stock Speed
  • Overclocked

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