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MSI Z87M Gaming Review

ccokeman    -   January 20, 2014
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MSI Z87M Gaming 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.

 
MSI Z87M Gaming
MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming
ASUS ROG M6E
Frequency Response dB
+0.46,-0.10
+0.52,+ 0.30
+0.42-+0.03
Noise Level dBA
-91.0
-91.3
-99.8
Dynamic Range dBA
91.0
91.2
99.6
Total Harmonic distortion %
0..130
0.131
0.463
Intermodulation distortion +noise
.266
0.259
0.463
Stereo Crosstalk,db
-89.4
-91.6
-94.9
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %
0.323
.323
.430
Frequency Response (Swept Sine), db
+0.1,-0.1
+0.1,-0.1
+0.1, -0.2

Using the Killer E2205 controller allows the Z87M Gaming to deliver improved bandwidth. Both the Z87M and Z87-GD65 Gaming use the same Realtek ALC1150 codec and deliver results that show up as very good in the testing.




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