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?
Supermicro’s basic firmware GUI contains an Overclocking button. But the real excitement starts after engaging Expert mode (to reveal additional settings).
The CPU overclocking menu begins with several overclocking profiles, including 4.6 GHz at 1.30 V. That sounds like a nice limit for long-term use, and it’s even stable. CPU-Z reports a 1.298 V result and, strangely, this relatively high voltage pushed our CPU to only 92° C. That’s a full 6° lower than we expected from the lab's Core i7-4790K at that voltage, given our specific heat sink and fan.
We eventually found a 1.28 V core reading at the C7Z97-OCE’s 1285 mV setting.
Intel XMP mode pushed a pair of our modules to its rated DDR3-2800, but we needed to drop to DDR3-2666 to keep the system stable with four DIMMs installed. Perhaps a little extra voltage might have helped, but our meter insisted that the C7Z97-OCE’s 1.60 V setting yielded 1.65 volts.
Primary and secondary timings are available, and adjusting them from baseline should be easy for anyone with adequate short-term memory to remember what the box said before modification. Dropping from DDR3-2800 to -2666 without re-entering XMP timings was as easy as setting XMP mode first, before switching to manual mode to change the memory multiplier.
Though some documentation showed that the OC3 button should provide customized settings, each field was factory-programmed and re-configurable in firmware. As for the “Home” button, it’s able to keep any settings that were assigned to the base configuration (not assigned to an overclocking profile).
- 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?