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 Extreme9/ac Firmware
The Z87 Extreme9/ac OC Tweaker menu leads with a list of factory-configured overclocking presets from 4.0 to 4.8 GHz, but most of those require too much voltage to run for more than a few seconds on our CPU before thermal throttling kicks in and knocks it back down. Next on the menu are CPU ratio and BCLK settings for manual O/C configuration.
The motherboard properly detects this memory’s DDR3-3000 XMP profile and Haswell’s DDR3-2933 memory controller limit, choosing that ratio and increasing the base clock to 102.3 MHz to compensate.
Everyone major motherboard company has figured out ways to override the CPU’s integrated voltage control. The 1.235 V setting produces a nominal voltage of 1.25 V on the Z87 Exteme9/ac, and load compensation pushes it a little past 1.26 V. Even if a company were to figure out a way to fool the volt meter, full-load temperatures would be a dead giveaway.
All major manufacturers also cheat on DIMM voltage, pushing 10% or more past the set limits to allow a higher overclock at a setting users believe is safe. Our volt meter showed an actual 1.65 to 1.655 V when using the motherboard’s 1.635 V setting.
Primary, secondary, and tertiary memory timings are adjustable over a wide margin to allow super-high memory overclocks.
The Tools menu shows an image of detected components (System Browser), allows flashing firmware from the UEFI GUI (Instant Flash), and stores up to three O/C configurations as user profiles.
- 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?