MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate Motherboard Review

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Benchmarking

To test all systems, processors, and motherboards, Hi Tech Legion has compiled a list of popular programs to test performance; these benchmarks are taken from programs that are available to the public. We have compiled these to create the Hi Tech Legion Benchmark Suite, which includes system, graphics, processor, rendering, compression, and word processing. All scores will be graphed for each specific test under its category: video benchmarks (gaming will be rated in FPS: Frames per second), system scores will be graded by numbers which are given as results by their respective programs, higher will be better unless otherwise specified. If file compression is chosen, then all times will be in seconds. All temperatures will be measured in Celsius. LAN Speed test v3 will be conducted with another Gigabit ethernet (Intel 82579V) capable system running the LAN Speed Test server plugged in to the Gigabit router with 6ft. long Cat5e cables.

Systems

Test System

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K
  • Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate
  • CPU Heatsink:  Corsair H100i
  • Heatsink Paste: Noctua NT-H1
  • Memory: 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz Dual Channel
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (320.18 WHQL), Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Quick Sync only)
  • Storage: Patriot Pyro 240GB SSD
  • Power Supply: Corsair AX860W
  • Case: Cooler Master HAF XB
  • Router: ASUS RT-N66U Gigabit/Wireless N Router
  • Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

 

 

Benchmarks

System Benchmarks

  • PCMark 7
  • Cinebench (R11.5)
  • AIDA 64 (Cache and Memory)
  • Sandra (Cryptography/Memory Transaction)
  • WinRAR

Connectivity Benchmarks

  • LAN SpeedTest v3
  • Crystal DiskMark
  • JPerf 2.0.2
  • USB 3.0
  • SATA III 6.0 Gb/s

Multimedia Benchmarks

  • X264 5.0.1
  • Cyberlink Media Espresso

Gaming

  • 3DMark
  • Borderlands 2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Discrete Video Card Gaming

  • 3DMark
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0
  • Metro Last Light
  • Crysis 3

 

Performance Tuning:

Performance Tuning was done through the UEFI with the following settings:

MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate OC

  • CPU Clock Ratio: 46
  • All other settings: Default/Auto

Memory Performance Enhance:

  • XMP Profile: Profile 1
  • Hyper-Threading and Turbo: Enabled
  • EIST, C1E, C3, C6 and C7: Enabled
  • All other settings: AUTO

 

 

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