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?
Asus’ UEFI includes a custom-configurable start page with XMP and fan settings, called Easy Mode. But if you really want to make changes easily, you'll instead set the boot options to kick you into the “Advanced Mode”.
Enabling XMP in Advanced mode means choosing XMP as an overclocking baseline, and making additional adjustments from there. The Ai Tweaker menu starts off with that setting, strap ratios for BCLK overclocking, and eventually BCLK frequency.
Further down the Ai Tweaker menu are CPU multiplier, DRAM frequency, and DRAM timing controls.
We’re three pages down the list before we reach CPU voltage controls, but are instantly made happy by one of our findings. While most enthusiast-class motherboards purposely add somewhere around 10% to both set and reported voltage, the Z87-WS gives us 1.25 V at its 1.25-volt setting.
DIMM voltage, on the other hand, turns up the same old tricks we've been observing for a while now from many board vendors. In order to achieve the best memory stability, Asus' Z87-WS adds around 30 to 35 millivolts to our chosen setting. Test consistency and accuracy demands that we choose 1.62 V to achieve the proper 1.65 volts.
Three pages of DRAM settings cover the expected range of primary, secondary, and tertiary options, along with a few additional wave form controls.
Default settings for the Digi+ Power menu provided our hardware with excellent voltage stability.
- 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?