Z87 rules the PC enthusiast market by exposing the Haswell architecture's full feature set. We're particularly interested in mini-ITX-based platforms able to integrate Z87 in a compact form factor. Five boards contend for supremacy of compact computing.
Gigabyte’s UEFI is optimized for 1080p displays, showing system status in various menus that surround its main settings. Fortunately, the F6 key toggles the screen to low-resolution mode, where only the main menus remain.
The user-configurable home page is set by default to provide the most common overclock settings, including base clock, multipliers, and key voltage levels.
Z87N-WiFi firmware defaults to 99.77 MHz in Auto mode, but selecting a 100.01 MHz base clock results in an actual 100.00 MHz.
The Z87N-WiFi had no difficulty reaching the 4.6 GHz we were expecting, but our XMP-3000 memory profile didn’t work. We had to drop the memory multiplier to 24 x 100 MHz.
The Z87N-WiFi memory menu has redundant multiplier and XMP settings. Switching from Auto memory timings to Manual provides combined (both channel) timing controls, while per-channel settings can be made using Advanced Manual timings.
Primary, secondary, and tertiary memory timings are all adjustable. We were able to run our RAM at DDR3-2400 CAS 9, but loosening it to slower XMP timings did not allow stability at any higher memory ratio.
The Voltage menu is a launching point for three submenus that, combined, would have still fit onto one page. We reached our desired 1.25 V CPU core voltage at the Z87N-WiFi’s 1.23 V setting, and our memory’s 1.65 V rating at the board’s 1.62 V setting.
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- Asus Z87I-Deluxe
- Z87I-Deluxe Software
- Z87I-Deluxe Firmware
- EVGA Z87 Stinger
- Z87 Stinger Software
- Z87 Stinger Firmware
- Gigabyte Z87N-WiFi
- Z87N-WiFi Software
- Z87N-WiFi Firmware
- MSI Z87I
- Z87I Software
- Z87I Firmware
- Test Hardware And Benchmark Settings
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Energy, Heat, And Efficiency
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