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MSI Z87M Gaming Review

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MSI Z87M Gaming Testing:

3DMark: The just released version of Futuremark's popular 3DMark suite is designed to let a wider range of the user base the ability to make a comparative analysis of the gaming prowess of their systems from entry level PCs to notebooks and Extreme Gaming PCs.



  • Default test settings
  • Cloud Gate
  • Fire Strike:














DiRT 3 is the third iteration of this series. Published and developed by Codemasters, this game uses the EGO 2.0 game engine and was released in the US on PC in May of 2011.


  • 8x MSAA
  • Ultra Settings



Part first-person shooter, part survival horror, Metro: Last Light is the followup to the extremely popular game Metro 2033. Developed by 4A games and published by Deepsilver, this game uses the 4A game engine. In this game set a year after the missile strike on the Dark Ones you continue on as Artyom as he digs deeper into the bowels of the Metro.




  • DirectX 11
  • 4XMSAA
  • Global settings = Very High
  • PhysX = Off
  • DOF=Off




In these gaming tests, the margin between the Z87M and Z87-GD65 Gaming series boards are for all intents and purposes identical. A higher clock speed helps in the 3DMark and DiRT 3 testing, but overall the impact is minimal. Where you can see a difference is when using an MSI Gaming series video card from AMD or NVIDIA with the use of the VGA Boost technology to drive GPU clock speeds higher.

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