System IO Benchmarks
DiskBench USB 3.0:
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:
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.
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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United States: The MSI Z97 Gaming 9 ACK retails for $289.99 at Amazon.
Australia: The MSI Z97 Gaming 9 ACK retails for $445 at PLE Computers.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and the Z97 Gaming 9 ACK]
- Page 3 [Z97 Gaming 9 ACK Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [Z97 Gaming 9 ACK Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Temperature and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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