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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
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TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: MSI

USB Test - AIDA64

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.70.1400

 

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Looking above, you can see that our USB 2.0 performance lines up with our other setups. As for USB 3.0 performance, you can see that it's a little down. This doesn't come as a huge surprise since we're running off of the ASMedia controller here instead of the Intel one because it doesn't have any ports on the rear I/O panel.

 

 

SSD Test - AIDA64

 

Version and / or Patch Used: v4.30.2900

 

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SSD Test - PCMark 8

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.0.191

 

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SSD Test - HD Tune Pro

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 5.50

 

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While PCMark 8 sees the MSI Z97 GAMING 9 AC line up with the other setups when it comes to SSD testing, AIDA64 sees the MSI offering sitting back slightly, and the same can be seen under HD Tune Pro. As always, we did run the HD Tune Pro benchmark a couple of times, and outside of a little fluctuation, the numbers continued to be similar.

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