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 Pro(Wi-Fi ac) Firmware
Though we find XMP and EZ O/C settings on the firmware's starting page, we’d rather jump into its finer features at the touch of an F7 key.
Though the screen shot shows a 46x multiplier, we were truthfully able to reach 4.59 GHz at 45x 102 MHz. Unfortunately, the DRAM only allowed us to reach a 101 MHz BCLK at 28x, so the displayed settings are closer to the actual results.
We measured a 1.28 V CPU core at the motherboard’s actual 1.28 V setting. That kind of accuracy is appreciated. On the contrary, our DRAM reached 1.65 V at the Z97 Pro(Wi-Fi ac)’s 1.625 V setting, and firmware showed only 1.646 V.
Primary, secondary, and tertiary timings are all adjustable. The Z97 Pro(Wi-Fi ac) even used our DRAM’s XMP settings as the baseline (when set to XMP mode).
Also known as droop compensation, the Z97 Pro(Wi-Fi ac) features CPU Load-Line Calibration to reduce voltage sag under full load. Default settings worked for us, though we did increase the power menu’s CPU current threshold by 20%.
Asus Easy Tuning Wizard appears to be a firmware-based overclocking utility designed for people who don’t want to overclock. As confusing as that sounds, we were more confused when the system wouldn’t boot after using it. That’s because the company's software-based automatic-overclocking worked well.
- 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?