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Intel Z97 Express: Five Enthusiast Motherboards, $120 To $160

Results: 3DMark And PCMark

Intel's integration tightens control over its technology to the point that the only ways for a motherboard company to win big in our benchmarks is to cheat. That means overclocking. And we look for it.

Nothing looks out of place in 3DMark or PCMark, so we move on to even more restrictive real-world tests.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.