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?
Gigabyte EasyTune hasn’t changed much in the past year or two, but the company does help us include more readable screenshots by reducing the size of its GUI. Default overclocking profiles for the tested Core i7-4970K include 4.60 GHz at 1.35 V CPU core, 4.80 GHz at 1.50 V, and a 5.00 GHz setting that we didn’t even try for fear of frying our CPU.
An automatic tuning algorithm nudged our processor up to 5.10 GHz. Like the other “Smart Quick Boost” settings, the software wasn't as smart as it purported, and the only quick thing about it was the speed with which our system crashed upon the application of a heavy software load. Each CPU is unique though, so perhaps you’ll have better luck.
EasyTune’s advanced settings mostly work, we were able to measure voltage changes at the Z97X-UD5H’s voltage detection points, and CPU-Z was able to detect set changes in base clock and CPU multiplier. DRAM multiplier changes still require a reboot, and DRAM timings are still locked out.
One of the ways Gigabyte shrank its EasyTune menus was placing its hardware monitor on the right edge of the screen, at full height. I cropped this image before shrinking it.
Unlike most system information pages, the one in Gigabyte EasyTune adds fan controls. You can choose between automatic and manual methods, including setting your own temperature-to-RPM slope.
- 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?