Test System Setup and Overclocking
With the new platform in hand, we've whipped our SSDs and gone through and adjusted our benchmark line up slightly to make sure we're getting the best results possible when it comes to our benchmarks. We won't really cover the software side of things as we'll mention that in the benchmarks moving forward.
What we do need to mention, though, is two major changes to our testbed. On the RAM side of things, we've moved over to an 8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro kit that carries with it a stock clock of 2933MHz DDR. Alongside that, we've also finally upgraded our video card. Losing the aging MSI GTX 580 1.5GB that has served us extremely well, we're making a move to the reference GTX 780 3GB.
Because of these changes, we've had to scrap all of our previous benchmarks and start afresh. For that reason, we'll be seeing just the ASRock Z87 Killer, which has been tested completely on our new hardware and software setup.
Before we get into the performance side of things, the first thing we want to do is cover the overclocking side of things. Because this is our first Z97 review, we've decide to not only test the maximum overclock of our CPU on the board, but also see what kind of performance we get via the Auto Tuning Feature.
Looking above, you can see the maximum overclock we achieved using both methods. As for the EZ Tuning result, you can see we end up with a BCLK of 102 and Core Multiplier of 45x, resulting in a final clock speed off 4.59GHz.
As for manually overclocking, you can see we managed to push that number a bit higher with a BCLK of 101 and Core Multiplier of 49x, resulting in a final clock speed of 4.95GHz. Overall, this is a nice performance increase, and we look forward to seeing what kind of performance it brings to the table.