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Five Z87 Motherboards For Your Mini-ITX Build, Reviewed

Results: 3DMark And PCMark

Tighter integration makes it difficult for any product to stand out in a performance comparison, though companies can still cheat a little on base clock or force a modified Turbo Boost mode, where the highest (single-core) turbo ratio is applied even to quad-core loads. We disable that tomfoolery when settings are available, and enable Intel’s full power-saving feature set to the best of each motherboard’s capability. That means benchmarks do nothing more than show if anyone is cheating or accidentally crippling their product.

Storage scores are the only synthetic performance measurements that carry though to our final analysis. They range from 4993 to 4997 will have little overall impact there.

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