MSI Z97I Gaming AC Motherboard Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures
The MSI Z97I Gaming AC was installed in our test bench, which we use to test all of our motherboards. All of the hardware besides the motherboard stays the same to keep things uniform.

MSI Z97I Gaming AC Motherboard

Test System Specs
Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K
Video Card: MSI GTX 770 Gaming
Motherboard: MSI Z97I Gaming AC
Memory: 16GB Crucial Ballistix
Storage: 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: Asetek 240mm watercooler
Case: HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station

We will be testing the motherboard at the CPU’s stock speed of 3.5 GHz and again at our max stable overclock which is 4.6 GHz.

I have organized our benchmarks into the sections you see below.

CPU Testing
SiSoftware Sandra
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multi-Media
CINEBENCH R11.5 64-bit
x264 HD Benchmark 5.0

Overall System Testing
PCMark 8
PCMark 7
PCMark Vantage

Gaming & Video
3DMark
3DMark 11
Battlefield 4
Alien vs Predator Benchmark

Now let’s get to testing!

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