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MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX Review

ccokeman    -   July 11, 2013
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MSI Z87 MPOWER Max Testing:

LAN performance will be tested via a utility to gauge the performance of the onboard network solutions. The motherboard being tested will be connected via a Gigabit switch to another system with an integrated Gigabit network solution on board.

iPerf is a small lightweight utility run from the command prompt and can be used to measure both TCP and UDP performance on a network. iPerf is cross platform software and open source. The test is configured to run for 20 seconds with a window size of 256 KB and four simultaneous streams that should be able to saturate the TCP link on a good NIC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rightmark Audio Analyzer 6.25 is used to test the sound solution on board each motherboard. Nothing beats a good set of ears and headphones but this is a graphic representation of the capabilities of the installed hardware. Sampling mode is 24-bit 44kHz.

Motherboard
Intel DZ87KLT-75
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
ASUS ROG M6H
ASUS Z87-PLUS
MSI MPower MAX
Frequency Response dB
+3.65,-2.33
+0.52,+ 0.30
+0.23,+0.12
-0.01, -0.07
+0.12,-0.10
Noise Level dBA
-91.3
-91.3
-91.5
-85.3
-93.6
Dynamic Range dBA
91.3
91.2
91.5
85.4
93.5
Total Harmonic distortion %
0.481
0.131
0.436
0.0059
0.131
Intermodulation distortion +noise
1.393
0.259
0.365
0.019
0.259
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-69.7
-91.6
-89.2
-84.9
-91.2
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.465
.323
.311
.017
.324
Frequency Response (Swept Sine), db
+1.3,-2.4
+0.1,-0.1
+0.0,-0.1
+0.0, -0.0
+0.1,-0.1

 

When you compare the throughput of the Killer and Intel NICs you get pretty similar performance through the test regimen. Where you can see differences and maximize the LAN performance is by using each manufacturer's network traffic management software to prioritize how, when, and what kind of traffic pattern best works for the end user. Wireless performance is limited by the wireless router but still pushes through at 31Mbps. The Realtek-based sound solution provided by MSI delivers results that are overall very good based on the RMAA testing.




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