Power, Heat, And Efficiency
ASRock’s Z87 Extreme6 saves energy spectacularly, while ECS’ Z87H3-A2X doesn’t appear to idle down completely.
ECS also reflects higher CPU thermal readings, which are explained by its added power consumption.
Performance differences are less than 1% between all platforms, and anyone who’s curious about trivialities will find a very long chart of average performance in this article’s image gallery. Dividing performance differences that small by far larger power differences means we expect an efficiency chart inversely proportional to power consumption. “Average of all systems” is the baseline for our chart, which starts out as 100% and is zeroed out by subtracting 100% from all results.
ASRock's low power consumption gives it the efficiency win!
Could we see some MBs around the $130-$140 mark? They're the interesting ones IMO, and would toast most of these in terms of value.
OTOH, the launch coverage said that was at 1.2V, while this is 1.3V, so I guess a few hundred MHz extra is reasonable.
Lot more variation than on IB's review: http://media.bestofmicro.com/X/O/335580/original/image019.png
If you have one of the affected drives and can't be bothered to reconnect it when it goes offline, wait a couple weeks and buy a board from the new batch.
The differences between boards in today's review are overclocking, power consumption, and onboard features. None of those things will change with the new PCH batch, and firmware updates should improve both batches equally.
Can you guys please test 6 SSD in Raid 0 on these mobos ? this is the only Advantage of upgrading to a Haswell over ivy/sandy bridge.