A few months back, I had written an overclocking report on this board, I felt that the overclocking capabilities were average and that hasn't really changed. What I wasn't able to cover back then were the other aspects of the motherboard; its quality, performance, and value as a whole product.
If you just look at this board as an overclocking board, you aren't doing it justice, as it is a very good contender when it comes to value and should be a great board for a gamer who wants a very stable build.
The temperatures on the VRM are quite low and the board can handle the heat efficiently. The components used are server grade quality components and they should last a very long time. I would say that if Supermicro was to focus on one improvement, it should be the BIOS including fan control.
The IO expansion capabilities of the C7Z97-OCE are rather impressive; M.2, USB 3.1, and even dual Intel NICs. Supermicro did a good job of dedicating bandwidth to more critical hardware and avoided any sharing of bandwidth except on the 1x slots where they added a dedicated PEX switch chip.
This board is obviously built like a server product, but it carries the latest consumer features, and because of that any gamer who isn't looking to do hardcore overclocking might want to give it a closer look. When you factor in solid IO performance and a sub $200 price, it becomes a very nice buy.
PRICING: You can find the Supermicro C7Z97-OCE for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Supermicro C7Z97-OCE retails for $236.71 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Performance (including Overclocking)||90%|
|Quality including Design and Build||96%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
The Bottom Line: Supermicro's C7Z97-OCE is built like a server product, but carries the latest consumer features, and because of that, any gamer who isn't looking to do hardcore overclocking might want to give it a close look as this is a super stable and reasonably priced motherboard.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and the C7Z97-OCE]
- Page 3 [C7Z97-OCE Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [The BIOS and Software]
- Page 5 [Test Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [Temperature and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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