Page 1:Making Z87 Express Three-Way SLI-Capable
Page 2:ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
Page 3:Z87 Extreme9/ac Software
Page 4:Z87 Extreme9/ac Firmware
Page 5:Asus Z87-WS
Page 6:Z87-WS Software
Page 7:Z87-WS Firmware
Page 8:Gigabyte Z87X-UD7 TH
Page 9:Z87X-UD7 TH Software
Page 10:Z87X-UD7 TH Firmware
Page 11:MSI Z87 XPower
Page 12:Z87 XPower Software
Page 13:Z87 XPower Firmware
Page 14:Hardware And Benchmark Configuration
Page 15:Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Page 16:Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Page 17:Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 18:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 19:Results: Productivity
Page 20:Results: File Compression
Page 21:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 22:Overclocking Results
Page 23:Which Premium Z87 Motherboard Takes Top Honors?
Z87 XPower Firmware
MSI still relies on its tried-and-true firmware GUI with oversized clock and buttons to offset smaller-font settings, but at least that font can be read after shrinking screenshots to fit this Web page. Its OC menu starts off with CPU base clock and quickly progresses to CPU and DRAM ratios.
Voltage settings are further down the menu. We were able to run our Core i7-4770K at 4.60 GHz without thermal throttling by using the board’s 1.230 V setting to reach an actual 1.25 V.
DRAM similarly reached 1.65 V at the board’s 1.63 V setting, though it could only push our DDR3-3000 kit to a 2965 MT/s data rate at full stability. DDR3-3000 mode wasn’t even bootable, though the Z87 XPower did recognize the CPU’s maximum multiplier and choose the appropriate 102.3 MHz base clock to reach its full rating.
Primary, secondary, and tertiary memory timings are all adjustable, as is on-die termination.
MSI’s DRAM Training menu lets you change the way the memory controller interacts with memory modules. MSI hasn’t written a tutorial, but there is a possibility that a few tweaks here might have gotten our modules over the hump to their rated 3000 MT/s data rate.
The DigitALL Power submenu provides many voltage offset and droop compensation controls, none of which needed to be altered for our air-cooled tests. Extreme overclockers will probably find this menu most useful.
Other related menus include a visual map of detected component locations, several pages of SPD and XMP timing detection reports, a page to store up to eight overclocking configurations as user profiles, and even a manually-adjustable fan ramp map.
- Making Z87 Express Three-Way SLI-Capable
- ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac
- Z87 Extreme9/ac Software
- Z87 Extreme9/ac Firmware
- Asus Z87-WS
- Z87-WS Software
- Z87-WS Firmware
- Gigabyte Z87X-UD7 TH
- Z87X-UD7 TH Software
- Z87X-UD7 TH Firmware
- MSI Z87 XPower
- Z87 XPower Software
- Z87 XPower Firmware
- Hardware And Benchmark Configuration
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Overclocking Results
- Which Premium Z87 Motherboard Takes Top Honors?