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MSI Z97I AC (Intel Z97) Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 25, 2014 10:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: MSI

Memory Test - AIDA64

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.00.1035BETA

 

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Memory performance is pretty standard, as it sits in the middle of the pack. As always, when it comes to overclocking, there's really no impact to performance, as you don't see much movement. It will be interesting to see how DDR4 goes when released this month.

 

 

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 gaming performance, you can see the results are very standard. Out of the box, the performance of the setup pretty much lines up with our others here.

 

When we throw overclocking into the mix, you can see a slight boost at the lower resolution. The higher resolutions don't really show any change, as we're more dependent on the video card than the CPU.

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