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Gigabyte Z97-D3H Motherboard Review

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Test System and Testing Procedures

Processor Intel Core i7-4770K (Retail)
CPU Cooler
Phanteks TC14-PE with Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound
Power Supply
Enermax Platimax 1000W 80 Plus Platinum PSU
Memory Patriot Viper 3 “Black Mamba” 2x8GB DDR3 2100 MHz CL11
Storage OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD (OS), OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD (test drive), Vantec NexStar (USB 3.0 enclosure).
Graphics Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 WindForce OC
Drivers F7 BIOS, Intel Chipset Driver 10.0.3, NVIDIA 335.23 WHQL drivers.
Motherboard(s) Gigabyte Z97-D3H (F7 BIOS) Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE (Z97AF509), ASUS Z97-A (0804), MSI Z97 Gaming 7 (E7916IMS 1.0)
Router Cisco E3200 stock firmware with 2x 6ft Cat5E cables for network testing
Operating System Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP-1 with latest patches and updates

Latest working BIOS, updates and drivers were used at the time of the review. Each test was conducted at least three times for accuracy.

System Benchmarks

  1. wPrime 32M
  2. Aida64 Engineer 4.30.2900
  3. CineBench R15
  4. PCMark 8 v2.0.228
  5. WinRAR 5.01
  6. Handbrake 0.9.9
  7. x264 FHD 1.0.1

Subsystem Testing

  1. CrystalDisk Mark for SATA and USB tests
  2. DPC Latency
  3. Rightmark Audio Analyzer 6.4.0
  4. Passmark Performance Test 8.0 – Network Speed Graph
  5. JPerf 2.0.2
  6. LAN Speed Test 3.4

Gaming Benchmarks

  1. 3DMark11 v1.0.132 – Performance Preset
  2. 3DMark (Firestrike test) v1.2.362 – Default Preset
  3. Unigine Heaven 4.0 – Built-in Benchmark, Low preset DX11 on 640×480
  4. Tomb Raider – Built-in Benchmark, Low preset on 800×600
  5. Bioshock Infinite – Built-in Benchmark, Low Preset on 640×480
  6. Sleeping Dogs – Built-in Benchmark, Low Preset on 640×480

 

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Ron Perillo

Ron is a non-binary tech writer that presently identifies as a reviewer but is currently transitioning toward modding.

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