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MSI Z97 GAMING 9 AC (Intel Z97) Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 19, 2014 9:02 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: MSI

CPU Test - HyperPi 0.99

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 0.99

 

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CPU Test - AIDA64

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.00.1035BETA

 

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Staring off with our CPU tests, you can see out-of-the-box performance is pretty standard, with the MSI Z97 GAMING 9 AC pretty much lining up with the other Z97 offerings here. Overclocking, you can see, brings a nice boost to performance under both benchmarks.

 

 

System Test - PCMark 8

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.04

 

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System Test - MediaEspresso

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 6.5

 

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Looking at PCMark 8 performance, you can see that the run sits a little lower like the GIGABYTE offering here. As for the work run, that also sits slightly down, but not as much as the Home test. MediaEspresso, however, sees all of our Z97 setups perform quite closely to each other; the MSI Z97 GAMING 9 AC does manage to slightly chalk out a win here. As always, you see overclocking helps shave a few minutes off of our encode time and manages to also give us an excellent boost under PCMark 8.

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