Page 1:Maximizing The LGA 1150 Mainstream?
Page 2:ASRock Z97 Extreme6
Page 3:Z97 Extreme6 Software
Page 4:Z97 Extreme6 Firmware
Page 5:Asus Z97 Pro(Wi-Fi ac)
Page 6:Z97 Pro(Wi-Fi ac) Software
Page 7:Z97 Pro(Wi-Fi ac) Firmware
Page 8:Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H
Page 9:Z97X-UD5H Software
Page 10:Z97X-UD5H Firmware
Page 11:MSI Z97 MPower
Page 12:Z97 MPower Software
Page 13:Z97 MPower Firmware
Page 14:Supermicro C7Z97-OCE
Page 15:C7Z97-OCE Software
Page 16:C7Z97-OCE Firmware
Page 17:How We Tested Enthusiast-Oriented Z97 Motherboards
Page 18:Results: 3DMark and PCMark
Page 19:Results: SiSoftware Sandra 2014
Page 20:Results: 3D Games
Page 21:Results: Audio and Video Encoding
Page 22:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 23:Results: Productivity
Page 24:Results: File Compression
Page 25:Results: Power, Heat and Efficiency
Page 26:Results: Overclocking
Page 27:Which Z97 Motherboard Is Best?
Z97 MPower Software
MSI Command Center shows minor updates nearly every time we install it, and usually needs to be updated after a board launches in order to support its newest features. Fortunately, Z97 is mature enough that Command Center updates have caught up.
CPU ratio and BCLK adjustments work, but altering them can take a while (these values cannot be keyed in). CPU fan controls, including both fixed mode and custom slopes, are also found on Command Center’s opening page.
CPU voltage adjustments are available on the second page of MSI Command Center’s opening menu. Adjusted values can be confirmed through both software and hardware, since the Z97 MPower has voltage detection points. DRAM settings in the adjacent box can’t even be selected, let alone changed.
The Command Center suite includes MSI RAMDisk, which we also confirmed working.
Command Center’s “Advanced” tab provides access to a voltage menu that’s roughly equal to the settings available from the Z97 MPower’s firmware. We were able to confirm the functionality of several settings via voltage detection points, including input, core, and DRAM voltage.
Another “Advanced” submenu provides system fan controls in both temperature-based and fixed modes.
An advanced DRAM timings menu makes firmware adjustments from software, requiring a reboot.
MSI Command Center also has a logging utility for several of its monitoring functions.
Mobile Control allows users to access several Command Center features, including monitoring and some overclocking controls, using a smartphone. I was able to get the associated app running on my ZTE Android phone and take control of my PC in minutes.
- Maximizing The LGA 1150 Mainstream?
- ASRock Z97 Extreme6
- Z97 Extreme6 Software
- Z97 Extreme6 Firmware
- Asus Z97 Pro(Wi-Fi ac)
- Z97 Pro(Wi-Fi ac) Software
- Z97 Pro(Wi-Fi ac) Firmware
- Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H
- Z97X-UD5H Software
- Z97X-UD5H Firmware
- MSI Z97 MPower
- Z97 MPower Software
- Z97 MPower Firmware
- Supermicro C7Z97-OCE
- C7Z97-OCE Software
- C7Z97-OCE Firmware
- How We Tested Enthusiast-Oriented Z97 Motherboards
- Results: 3DMark and PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra 2014
- Results: 3D Games
- Results: Audio and Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Results: Power, Heat and Efficiency
- Results: Overclocking
- Which Z97 Motherboard Is Best?