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MSI Z97 Gaming 9 ACK (Intel Z97) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: May 14, 2015 2:12 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: MSI

System IO Benchmarks

 

Anvil SATA6G:

 

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Anvil M.2:

 

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DiskBench USB 3.0:

 

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The Z97 Gaming 9 ACK has really great IO performance, especially with M.2. I tested both the ASMedia and Intel controller for SATA as well. It's no surprise that Intel is faster.

 

ixChariot Network Throughput:

 

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These tests only show the speed of individual controllers, so Killer Double Shot PRO isn't reflected in this test.

 

Audio RMAA 5.5:

 

I disable all audio features set the correct bitrates and then test the audio with a loopback test.

 

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I decided to test both audio outputs, the back panel (Realtek) and front panel (CMedia). Sound Judgment by Ear: Realtek = Very Good. CMedia = Excellent. There are 5 ratings for audio: 1. Problems, 2. Okay, 3. Acceptable, 4. Very good, 5. Excellent

 

The CMedia chipset really delivers, if you want great audio but have to forgo a discrete sound card, then the CMedia system should definitely fill that need.

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