MSI Z97I Gaming ACK Review

Written by Antony Leather

January 27, 2015 | 12:18

Tags: #best-intel-motherboard #best-mini-itx-motherboard #best-z97-motherboard #devils-canyon #mini-itx #z97

Companies: #haswell #msi

Media Benchmarks

Download: here

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: www.gimp.org

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-Z97N-Gaming 5 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • ASRock Z97 Pro 3 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Impact (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H Black Edition (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VI Impact (Z87) (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • MSI Gaming 7 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Gryphon Z97 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Z97i-Plus (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Hero (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97M Gaming (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Formula (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Gene (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97 MPower (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97S SLI Plus (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Ranger (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97I Gaming ACK (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • ECS Z97-Machine (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
    • 2169
    • 2573
    • 2123
    • 2524
    • 2116
    • 2555
    • 2111
    • 2495
    • 2106
    • 2446
    • 2106
    • 2500
    • 2106
    • 2523
    • 2099
    • 2533
    • 2098
    • 2530
    • 2097
    • 2557
    • 2087
    • 2545
    • 2089
    • 2518
    • 2080
    • 2524
    • 2079
    • 2519
    • 2078
    • 2533
    • 2074
    • 2494
    • 2063
    • 2507
    • 2051
    • 2505
    • 2049
    • 2539
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1000
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2500
Score, higher is better
  • Stock Speed
  • Overclocked

Video encoding with Handbrake

Website: 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

  • ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Hero (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97 MPower (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H Black Edition (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • MSI Z97S SLI Plus (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97M Gaming (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97N-Gaming 5 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Gryphon Z97 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Impact (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Gaming 7 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Formula (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • ASRock Z97 Pro 3 (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Gene (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SLI (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Asus Z97i-Plus (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Asus Maximus VII Ranger (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • ECS Z97-Machine (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • MSI Z97I Gaming ACK (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
    • 3670
    • 4451
    • 3666
    • 4564
    • 3663
    • 4500
    • 3647
    • 4431
    • 3647
    • 4359
    • 3642
    • 4204
    • 3639
    • 4508
    • 3639
    • 4490
    • 3637
    • 4517
    • 3630
    • 4250
    • 3629
    • 4457
    • 3617
    • 4516
    • 3617
    • 4342
    • 3614
    • 4123
    • 3596
    • 4444
    • 3596
    • 4422
    • 3534
    • 4224
    • 3490
    • 4232
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Score, higher is better
  • Stock Speed
  • Overclocked

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