Looking back at our recent System Builder Marathon, one reader asked if the $1300 PC might have performed better with a GeForce GTX 760 and Core i7-4770K than it did with the GeForce GTX 770 and Core i5-4670K. As seen from my M8 build, the answer is yes.
In fact, if I use the $1300 PC as a baseline, I measure the alternative hardware used in the M8 12.4% faster, overall, giving it an efficiency victory of 34.8% in spite of its thermal issues.
Those same thermal issues forced me to cap core voltage at 1.06 V when overclocking, which is slightly less than the processor’s default maximum. As a result, overclocking pushed efficiency up by another 3.9%.
- ASRock's M8: Build Your Own Compact Gaming Box
- ASRock M8 Mini-ITX Gaming PC
- Inside ASRock's M8 Chassis
- Taking More Of The M8 Apart
- Hardware Installation
- Overcoming A Significant Thermal Issue
- ASRock M8 Software
- Z87-M8 Motherboard Firmware
- Benchmark And Overclocking Configurations
- Results: Synthetic Benchmarks
- Results: Battlefield 3
- Results: Far Cry 3
- Results: F1 2012
- Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power Consumption And Heat
- Average Performance And Efficiency
- Is ASRock's M8 A High-End Mini-ITX Winner?