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MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Review


MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Testing:

3DMark: The recently released version of Futuremark's popular 3DMark suite is designed to provide 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 to extreme gaming PCs.



  • Default test settings
  • Cloud Gate
  • Fire Strike




















DiRT 3 is the third iteration of this racing 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 follow-up to the extremely popular game Metro 2033. Developed by 4A Games and published by Deep Silver, 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
  • 4x MSAA
  • Global settings = Very High
  • PhysX = Off
  • DOF = Off




As you can see in these tests, once you put the burden on the GPU, the CPU speed is less of a factor in overall gaming performance. At most in these few games, we have a 2 FPS variance from first to worst. But even having a 2 FPS differential, the performance is similar.

  1. MSI Z97 Gaming 7: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Closer Look: Continued
  3. MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Closer Look: Applications & Tools
  4. MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. MSI Z97 Gaming 7: Specifications & Features
  6. MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Testing: PCMark 7, SiSoft Sandra 2014
  8. MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Testing: Cinebench 11.5, X,264 5.01, AIDA64
  9. MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Testing: CrystalDiskMark, ATTO 2.47
  10. MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Testing: iPerf, RMAA
  11. MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Testing: Gaming
  12. MSI Z97 Gaming 7 Conclusion
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