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

Results: 3D Games

Lower graphics quality levels are usually restricted by either the CPU or DRAM, and higher detail levels are typically limited by GPU performance. That might not be true with a card as powerful as the Radeon R9 290X, however.

MSI enjoys an unexpected lead in the lower settings of Arma 3 and Far Cry 3, so we went back into the firmware to check for Turbo Boost ratio enhancements. That menu isn’t even present when using a locked processor, however, and we weren’t using any settings that might have enabled it.

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