Four high-end Z87 motherboards tested Prices specifications chipsets

Jul

4

2013

The chipsets

Like the previous 7-Series chipset also has the 8-Series chipset some variants. The versions have some common features, but depending on the specific implementation are not always all activated. Compared with the previous generation, the Series 8 chipset given more flexibility in I / O port configuration and are not four, but six of the fourteen ports of USB 3.0 type, the other USB ports are also the xHCI controller controlled. Haswell-chipset
All SATA ports support SATA-600 standard and control all of the displays is integrated into the processor. Finally, the lack of a stand connector; standard provides the chipset no longer supports PCI interfaces. The somewhat outdated standard can still be supported by manufacturers, but it is necessary. Separate controller Only the business Q87 chipset has support for PCI cards.

The chipsets are no longer, as the previous two generations, produced on 65nm, but are made with a modern 32nm process. This results in a significant reduction in the TDP, from 6.1 to 4.1 W. For the mobile market, in addition to the traditional combination of processor and chipset, also delivered packages which are integrated processor and chipset. Overclocking

In the past, could be overclocked Core processors in different ways. The easiest way was the adaptation of the turbo speed. With the K-processors and a chipset ZX7 it was also possible to adjust the multiplier, which is the factor by which the base clock will be multiplied in order to arrive at a clock rate.

With Sandy Bridge and Ivy was adjusting the base clock very limited. Other clock signals, such as the PCI-express bus and I / O controller, were directly connected to the CPU base clock. More than a few percent of the base clock frequency could not be increased before it called uncore elements to crash the processor.

Z87-overklokken
For Intel Haswell has a trick of the Sandy Bridge E processors out of the closet, the base clock of Haswell has been called a CPU strap. This is the base clock speed of the CPU only multiplied by a factor of 1.25 or 1.67. In practice, this results in a CPU base clock of 100MHz, 125MHz or 167MHz, which of course is multiplied for the final clock speed. With ordinary multiplier

An example: the Core i7-4770K has a standard clock speed of 3.5 GHz with a base clock of 100MHz and a multiplier of 35. With the adaptation of the base clock would be maximized 107MHz x 35, thus cramped 3.7 GHz are achievable. By setting the base clock to 125MHz with the CPU strap is a theoretical speed of nearly 4.4 GHz possible with the CPU at 167MHz would even strap over 5.8 GHz are possible, all with a standard multiplier. Prices and specifications
Brand and product range ASRock Asus Z87 Gigabyte MSI
Type Z87 OC Formula Deluxe GA-Z87X-UD5H Z87 MPOWER MAX

Pricing and valuation
Price € 277, – (9 stores) € 231.95 (28 stores) € 213, – (19 stores) € 233, – (19 stores)
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Technical specifications
Socket 1150 1150 1150 1150
Form Factor EATX (Extended ATX) ATX (Standard) ATX (Standard) ATX (Standard)
Bios UEFI UEFI UEFI BIOS
Dual
Chipset Intel Z87 Intel Z87 Intel Z87 Intel Z87
Memory 4x DDR3 4x DDR3 4x DDR3 4x DDR3
Interfaces
Hardeschijfbus 10x SATA-600 6x SATA-600 10x SATA-600 mSATA, 8x SATA-600
Card Interface mini-PCI Express, 2x PCIe 2.0 x1, PCI-E 2.0 x16, 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16 4x PCI-E 2.0 x1, PCI-E 2.0 x16, 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16 PCI, 3x PCIe 2.0 x1, 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16 4x PCI-E 2.0 x1, 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16
Link interface ATi Crossfire, Nvidia SLi ATi Crossfire, Nvidia SLi ATi Crossfire, Nvidia SLi ATi Crossfire, Nvidia SLi
Raid modes 0, 1, 5, 10 0, 1, 5, 10 0, 1, 5, 10 0, 1, 5, 10
External links
Ethernet Ethernet 1Gbit / s Ethernet 1Gbit / s Ethernet 1Gbit / s Ethernet 1Gbit / s
Wlan 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
USB 8x USB 2.0, 8x USB 3.0 2x eSATA, 8x USB 2.0, 8x USB 3.0 4x USB 2.0, 10x USB 3.0 4x USB 2.0, 10x USB 3.0
Video outputs 2x HDMI DisplayPort, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort DisplayPort, DVI-I, 2x HDMI DisplayPort, 2x HDMI, Wireless Display (WiDi)
Remainder PS / 2 PS / 2 PS / 2
Audio
Audio Channels 8 (7.1) 8 (7.1) 8 (7.1) 8 (7.1)
Audio Outputs Digital Optical (S / PDIF) Digital Optical (S / PDIF) Digital Optical (S / PDIF) Digital Optical (S / PDIF)

Lowest prices for ASRock Z87 OC Formula :
+ / – Shop lev.tijd Price Total Place
Score: 4.5 IT now take Levertijd onbekend € 277, – € 277, – Tilburg
Score: 5 ACES Direct – Business Levertijd onbekend € 289.19 € 289.19 Tilburg
Score: 4 SiComputers Levertijd langer dan 12 dagen € 287, – € 292.95 Hoogvliet Rotten …
Score: 3 Max ICT BV Levering verwacht binnen 3 dagen € 288.62 € 295.57 2 stores
Score: 4 Alternate Netherlands Levering verwacht binnen 8 dagen € 294, – € 298.95 Ridderkerk

Lowest prices for Asus Z87-Deluxe :
+ / – Shop lev.tijd Price Total Place
Score: 4.5 Azerty Op een werkdag voor 22:00u besteld, morgen in huis € 232.90 € 233.90 Raalte
Score: 4.5 Dixons.nl Op een werkdag voor 23:30u besteld, morgen in huis € 233.99 € 233.99 153 shops
Score: 4 MyCom Op een werkdag voor 23:30u besteld, morgen in huis € 233.99 € 233.99 41 shops
Score: 5 Computerstore.nl | Cool Blue Op een werkdag voor 23:59u besteld, morgen in huis € 234.95 € 234.95 5 stores
Score: 4.5 CD-ROM COUNTRY Breda Op een werkdag voor 16:00u besteld, morgen in huis € 234.95 € 234.95 Breda

Lowest prices for Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H :
+ / – Shop lev.tijd Price Total Place
Score: 4.5 Afuture Levering verwacht binnen 3 dagen € 213, – € 218.95 Veenendaal
Score: 4.5 4Launch Op een werkdag voor 22:59u besteld, morgen in huis € 218.99 € 218.99 Eindhoven
Score: 4 Alternate Netherlands Op een werkdag besteld, morgen in huis € 214.90 € 219.85 Ridderkerk
Score: 4.5 Azerty Op een werkdag voor 22:00u besteld, morgen in huis € 218.90 € 219.90 Raalte
Score: 4.5 4AllShop Levering verwacht binnen 3 dagen € 218.45 € 220.40 Steenbergen

Lowest prices for MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX :
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Score: 4.5 EC Computer Specialists Op een werkdag voor 14:00u besteld, morgen in huis € 238.95 € 238.95 Lemelerveld
Score: 4 SiComputers Levering verwacht binnen 3 dagen € 233, – € 238.95 Hoogvliet Rotten …
Score: 4.5 CD-ROM COUNTRY Breda Op een werkdag voor 16:00u besteld, morgen in huis € 239.95 € 239.95 Breda
Score: 4.5 Megekko Op een werkdag voor 16:00u besteld, morgen in huis € 233, – € 239.95 Roosendaal
Score: 4.5 IT now take Op een werkdag voor 16:00u besteld, morgen in huis € 241, – € 241, – Tilburg

Next Asrock Z87 OC Formula
In the box

Asrocks OC Formula board is more than the other signs on overclocking-oriented and is therefore the most expensive board in the test. The motherboard is extra tightly wrapped with a protective foam around. That extra foam and EATX format of the OC Formula make the box bigger than the other boxes. Asrock Z87 OC Formula

The accessories are supplied in a second compartment, neatly wrapped in a fabric cover. This contains eight SATA cables, a USB front panel with additional bracket to be possibly used in an expansion slot the I / O shield and a SLI bridge. Asrock also provides thermal paste and two adapters from Molex to SATA power connectors along. Finally, the company supplies plastic spacers to benching. Motherboard on a table
Special features

The board is, as the name implies, primarily intended for overclockers. The EATX board is extra wide and lined with yellow slots on a black pcb eight layers. The heatsink on the VRM’s around the CPU is equipped with connections for water cooling is standard and cooled with a small fan. A luxurious display shows the post-status and there are of course power buttons installed. Asrock Z87 OC Formula
The OC Formula has two BIOS chips sitting in a socket, which can be switched. Using a switch geswitched The four x16 slots are fully wired and can be used with dip switches off. There are also two dip switches for overclocking with liquid nitrogen: a ln2 mode and a second mode for slow against cold bugs. Furthermore, the board has ten voltage readout points, an additional molex power connector for extra puncture on the PCI-Express slots for gamers and a separate Purity Sound circuit. The clips of the x16 slots are somewhat clumsy: they are actually too narrow to be easily used.
The bios

The bios of the Asrock is true with the mouse and of course to operate with the keyboard but a real UEFI we can not call it. It has everything away from the classic cinema, but does have some nice features. Thus, be similar to MSI’s board viewed all connected equipment. The detection seems to be more accurate, the memory modules were, including supported xmp profiles, recognized correctly.

Asrock Z87 OC Formula bios Asrock Z87 OC Formula bios Asrock Z87 OC Formula bios

The UEFI has, besides the usual descriptions of the various functions, a feature tour à la Clippy, which shows the main components. A new UEFI version can be downloaded without operating system and install. Big advantage: the motherboard drivers without optical drive to download and install. Asus Z87 Deluxe
In the box

In addition to the motherboard and the manual installation disc Asus has a relatively modest accessory. That is mainly because most features are already integrated on the board, the wifi-cum bluetooth module is installed an. A single antenna, the 2T2R, is therefore included. Asus Z87 Deluxe

Much more than six SATA cables, SLI bridge and I / O shield is not included. If only extras included are two blocks that attach the front panel connectors is easier. We know also from MSI.
Special features

We gave it all to the box contents: Asus delivers with its deluxe board a wifi and bluetooth module with it, sitting on the I / O panel. In addition, Asus are dual-processor technology intelligent’ course implemented at the high-end board. That should be a good mix between overclocking, energy and fan settings lead. Asus Z87 Deluxe

Asus has opted for a gold-black color scheme, which will not be all palates. Of the three x16 slots is again only the first fully wired, the others are as x8 slots performed. There are four x1 slots and four additional SATA ports. Asus has a USB 3.0 header, but the back has six USB 3.0 ports and two Gigabit Ethernet connections. The board also has a mini display port next to a normal display port and HDMI connector. A dual LED poster and power buttons are also present.
The bios

Asus bios shares are in two parts: an EZ Mode and Advanced Mode. In the simple mode, the system with a single click in quiet and fuel efficient mode can be set, or can be chosen. Normal or performance-oriented mode This latter mode is especially the turbo what turned aggressive. Also, fan profiles and boot sequence can be set here.

Asus Z87 Deluxe bios Asus Z87 Deluxe bios Asus Z87 Deluxe bios

In Advanced mode, all other institutions, including, of course overclocking with AI Tweaker, be configured. All menu options include a favorite tab to accommodate. After pressing “Save and Quit” (or the F10 button), the bios gives a summary of the adjustments. This prevents incorrect settings are made.

Next Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H
In the box

Gigabyte has the budget for the container shall be limited, which is not at all bad. In the box are to be found, so we are somewhat disappointed given the price. Few extras As supplied no loose wifi-cum bluetooth module and the cables limited to six SATA cables and a USB 3.0 front panel. Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H

Furthermore, of course, an I / O shield and a SLI bridge included. Optional extras as an additional front panel USB, eSATA or Firewire brackets and adapters.
Special features

Gigabyte has chosen the heatsinks for the top model in the series for golden accents. Furthermore, the board is black with gray. The board has only one eight-pin connector for CPU power, which casts doubt on the overclocking capacity us. For overclocking voltage readout points are well made and can be easily switched between the two BIOS chips. Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H

Gigabyte has the ATX board found space for three x1 and three x16 slots. Only the first one is fully electrically wired, as are the second and third wired x4 and x8, respectively. Although the chipset does not support it, Gigabyte has a pci slot provided. There are ten USB 3.0 ports, four of which by means of two internal headers can be connected. A post-LED, two cinema-selection buttons and power buttons round off the features.
The bios

The bios can be used in classic and UEFI mode and the resolution of the screens shown is customizable. With the push of a button The mouse was not always recognized, which makes it somewhat difficult to work with UEFI BIOS. The memory timings were not always accepted, making it sometimes diving. Extra settings needed sometime

Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H bios

It is possible to create a unique bios ‘experience’, the tabs can be given proper names and settings displayed can be selected entirely at their discretion. Thus, it is possible to keep, which speeds up the search. The settings important for you clearly MSI MPower Max
In the box

The MPower Max comes in a box containing two smaller boxes. In one are the accessories and the other the motherboard itself. The accessory box, except the usual things like a manual, I / O shield and installation CD, filled with six SATA cables, a USB 3.0 bracket, a bracket with two eSATA ports and an SLI bridge. MSI MPower Max

Furthermore, MSI provides a Bluetooth-cum wifi card with two external antennas along. The wifi card is an Intel Centrino 2230 wireless card with display and wifi n support, the bluetooth module supports version 4.0. In the box are also adapters to connect front panel connectors on the motherboard and cables to connect. The voltage readout points
Special features

The MPower Max motherboard is designed for overclockers and for them also some special features. So there are voltage readout points for five different voltages and there is a special button to go without pressing. The delete button a hundred times to the cinema A backup bios can be activated with a switch and of course the famous overclocking buttons as OC Genie, power buttons and two buttons to vary the base clock present. Is thought. Also a post-display MSI MPower Max

The motherboard has four PCI-Express x1 slots and three x16 slots, of which only the first as x16 wired. Especially for gamers, MSI has a separate piece from the motherboard PCB are reserved for Audio Boost hardware. The high-end amplifier for headphones delivers improved sound quality over a 600-ohmsuitgang. Finally, a Killer Nic present, which should reduce latencies. While gaming
The bios

MSI motherboards rest with a Click Bios 4, which of course is actually a UEFI. The ‘cinema’ is to use the mouse and keyboard and offers, in addition to the well-known institutions, a number of features that need to. Life of the user easier So it has a built-in hardware monitor, which only temperature and fan settings can not be read, but also cool profiles by dragging points in graphs can be adjusted. That should of course overclocking and extreme gaming “facilitate. To squeeze the most out of the hardware has a separate MSI OC menu offered.

MSI MPower Max bios MSI MPower Max bios

For the less advanced overclocking can also be performed automatically and using the feature ‘Board Explorer “can be viewed where the connector is on the motherboard and what is or is not connected.

Performance

We have the motherboard on the basis of four benchmarks tested. With similar chipsets hardly escape the signs of performance, and should especially the features and price give each other the difference. Yet we turned on Windows 8 on a Postville 80GB SSD and 8GB 2133MHz memory, the benchmarks below.
PCMark 8
PCMark 8 Work
System Name In PCMarks, higher is better
ASRock Z87 OC Formula
*******
5138
MSI Z87 MPower Max
*******
4919
Asus Z87 Deluxe
*******
4910
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
******
4737
PCMark 8 Home
System Name In PCMarks, higher is better
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
*******
4259
MSI Z87 MPower Max
*******
4245
ASRock Z87 OC Formula
*******
4182
Asus Z87 Deluxe
*******
4176

The board from Gigabyte is a bit slow in the brand new PCMark Work test. In the home test, in which an average workload including casual gaming is rotated, the board is just the fastest.
3DMark
3DMark Cloud Gate
System Name Futuremark 3DMark points in 3DMarks, higher is better
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
*******
7989
Asus Z87 Deluxe
*******
7940
ASRock Z87 OC Formula
*******
7933
MSI Z87 MPower Max
*******
7903

Gigabyte’s Cloud Gate, the medium severe test of the latest version of 3DMark, the fastest. The HD4600 GPU of the Core i7 does the test the fastest off. With memory at 1333MHz instead of 2133MHz systems score about 7600 points, a difference of about 4 to 5 percent.
Cinebench
Cinebench 11.5 – Multi
System Name In points, higher is better
MSI Z87 MPower Max
*******
8.54
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
*******
8.52
ASRock Z87 OC Formula
*******
8.16
Asus Z87 Deluxe
*******
8.14
Cinebench 11.5 – Single
System Name In points, higher is better
MSI Z87 MPower Max
*******
1.75
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
*******
1.72
Asus Z87 Deluxe
*******
1.72
ASRock Z87 OC Formula
*******
1.68
Cinebench 11.5 – OpenGL
System Name Framerate in fps, higher is better
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
*******
30.4
ASRock Z87 OC Formula
*******
30.0
MSI Z87 MPower Max
*******
29.7
Asus Z87 Deluxe
*******
29.0

In the processor tests the Asrock board slower, especially with a core asset. However, the differences between the fastest and the slowest results are as expected, small.
Power consumption
Power consumption – Idle
System Name Power in watts, lower is better
ASRock Z87 OC Formula
******
36.00
Asus Z87 Deluxe
******
38.00
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
******
40.00
MSI Z87 MPower Max
*******
44.00
Power consumption – Load CPU + GPU
System Name Power in watts, lower is better
ASRock Z87 OC Formula
******
135.00
MSI Z87 MPower Max
*******
140.00
Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H
*******
143.00
Asus Z87 Deluxe
*******
148.00

The Formula Asrock board is by far the most economical, but not always the fastest. It is possible that the board is reluctant standard with the turbo, which both performance and power consumption which will be lower.

When we set up the board from Asus through the bios on Performance, turns out to be, resulting in higher power consumption and significantly higher performance. Quite aggressive on the turbo Conclusion

The differences between the motherboards are, what features are concerned, not revolutionary. The distinction between the motherboards should therefore both on the price and on the features to be made. We have tried to make the price differences between the four plates as small as possible but there are these differences. We see this also in the features back, but not every feature is of course equally useful for everyone.

The Gigabyte board is slightly cheaper than the rest, and then has been something less features and accessories. Especially overclockers will probably run into a problem with the power supply, there is no second eight pin power present. Also a built-in or separate wifi card is missing, but the board does have a slot for mSATA SSDs.

The Asus and MSI boards are almost as expensive and offer largely similar features, such as a Wi-cum bluetooth module. However, MSI adds a separate audio track mounted and has a Killer network chip. Asus press a second gigabit network port across.

The Formula Asrock motherboard is the most expensive of the test and offers especially for overclockers interesting options. Thus, the heatsink on the VRMs cooled with water and is an advanced LED poster present. For gamers remains the board, thanks in part are separate audio circuit, interesting.

We must give full marks to the MSI board. Based on a combination of price and feature set Formula would have an additional wifi module, which had the crown can get, now the board is also for the demanding user slightly overpriced. For the die-hard overclocker it is the only right choice.

Scorecard
ASRock Z87 OC Formula Asus Z87-Deluxe Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX
ASRock Z87 OC Formula Asus Z87-Deluxe Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD5H MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX
Overall Rating Score: 4 Score: 4 Score: 3.5 Score: 4.5
Performance Score: 4 Score: 4 Score: 4 Score: 4
Price Score: 4 Score: 4 Score: 4.5 Score: 4.5
Overclocking Severability Score: 4.5 Score: 0 Score: 0 Score: 4
Featureset Score: 4 Score: 4.5 Score: 3.5 Score: 4.5
Download Score: 4.5 Score: 4 Score: 4 Score: 4
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