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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

Memory Test - AIDA64

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.00.1035BETA

 

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Taking a look at memory performance, you can see the numbers at stock line up with the ASRock and MSI offerings. Overclocking, as you would expect, does little to performance, and nothing but a little bit of fluctuation is seen.

 

 

Gaming Test - 3DMark 8

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.0

 

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Gaming Test – Sleeping Dogs

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Latest Steam Update

 

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Looking at 3DMark performance, you can see stock and overclock doesn't show too much difference between all of the setups, with just a slight boost being seen in the standard preset. Looking at Sleeping Dogs, though, you can see that out-of-the-box performance is strong, and overclocking brings with it even more FPS.

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