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MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Review

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MSI Z87-G45 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.

 
Intel  DZ87KLT-75
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
ASUS ROG M6H
ASUS Z97-PLUS
MSI MPower MAX
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming
Frequency Response dB
+3.65,-2.33
+0.52,+ 0.30
+0.23,+0.12
-0.01, -0.07
+0.12,-0.10
+0.24,+0.14
Noise Level dBA
-91.3
-91.3
-91.5
-85.3
-93.6
-90.1
Dynamic Range dBA
91.3
91.2
91.5
85.4
93.5
90.1
Total Harmonic distortion %
0.481
0.131
0.436
0.0059
0.131
0.0066
Intermodulation distortion +noise
1.393
0.259
0.365
0.019
0.259
0.012
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-69.7
-91.6
-89.2
-84.9
-91.2
-86.5
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.465
.323
.311
.017
.324
.019
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
+0.0,-0.0

The LAN tests don't show any board standing out; clearly the Killer Networking feature can't improve much on sustained throughput.  The Realtek chip used for sound, however, delivered some of the best results tested so far!




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