MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Motherboard Review


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Testing Setup

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770k @ 3.9GHz
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15
  • GPU: Intel HD4600 On-board
  • Motherboard: MSI Z97 XPOWER AC
  • RAM: GSkill TridentX 8GB (2x4GB) Dual channel @ 2400MHz CL10
  • PSU: Cooler Master V1200 1200w
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit


All benchmarks are done on a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit that is fully up-to-date with Windows Updates to ensure that the performance reflects a real-world scenario and not that of a tweaked benchmarking system. Every benchmark runs for a total of three times and then an average is taken of those results.

2D Benchmarks:

  • AIDA64 – CPU Queen/CPU Photoworxx/CPU AES/Memory Read/Memory Write
  • Cinebench 11.5 – CPU
  • SiSandra – Processor Arithmetic/Processor Multi-Core Efficiency/Cache & Memory Bandwidth

3D Benchmarks:

  • 3DMark 11 – Performance
  • 3DMark Fire Strike – Normal

Gaming Benchmarks:

  • Hitman Absolution – Medium Settings 1080

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