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 Extreme6 Firmware
I mentioned having a new CPU to use for this round-up, and that processor is Intel’s Core i7-4790K. Intel made a lot of noise in March’s pre-launch briefing, but the clamor was muffled by its Computex launch. It turns out that the improved thermal material was no magic bullet; the die in our sample has worse voltage handling characteristics than the Core i7-4770K I was using previously.
Our general recommendation to stay under 1.3 V over the long term is based on reports from readers, motherboard manufacturers, and professional overclockers, and that remains. In the past, however, we were thermally limited by our CPU at 1.25 V. That constraint shifts to 1.28 V with the -4790K we're using today. Unfortunately, this sample requires that extra voltage to reach the same 4.6 GHz clock rate. For shame Intel, for shame.
Level 1 CPU load-line calibration keeps our core voltage stable, though the Z97 Extreme6’s 12-phase voltage regulator is certainly part of that stability equation. ASRock is up to its old DRAM overclocking tricks by under-reporting voltage, though we did reach DDR3-2883 at the corrected, 1.625 V setting.
Z97 Extreme6 firmware includes a menu for ASRock’s Thunderbolt add-in card, plus a range of “Tool” menu items, such as its spin-up utility for rarely-accessed hard drives.
Another firmware item facilitates direct UEFI access to ASRock’s email-based tech support.
“Easy Driver Installer” lets you grab the newest drivers directly from ASRock’s server prior to loading the operating system.
- 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?