Performance

As a whole we are changing the way we look at our motherboard testing slightly. The truth is a lot of the standard benchmarks you see in our reviews as well as others aren’t really needed. These tests actually test components like the CPU and video card more than anything else. Because of that we have trimmed down our testing slightly to make it easier for you to take in. We still do some testing though to make sure none of the boards that we test have any glaring issues but overall you should only see a slight variation in numbers. That variation isn’t a big deal; it is only the big variances that we are looking for. Having cleared that up, I would also like to point out that testing like our Audio and storage testing still are important as they are sub systems that the motherboard manufactures have control over, be sure to check out those sections as well.

 

 

PCMark 7

Overall Score

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

6107

Asus Z87 Pro

6287

Asus Z87 Plus

6332

MSI Z87 MPower

6465

3DMark

Fire Strike

Fire Strike Extreme

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

4340

1955

Asus Z87 Pro

4353

2086

Asus Z87 Plus

4346

2018

MSI Z87 MPower

4344

1961

Worldbench (low score is better)

Photoshop

Office

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

222

302

Asus Z87 Pro

222

291

Asus Z87 Plus

210

290

MSI Z87 MPower

206

289

wPrime (low score is better)

32M

1024M

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

10.658

325.787

Asus Z87 Pro

10.437

325.981

Asus Z87 Plus

10.584

328.48

MSI Z87 MPower

10.657

331.992

Passmark

CPU Mark

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

10295

Asus Z87 Pro

10437

Asus Z87 Plus

10425

MSI Z87 MPower

10297

X264

Pass 1

Pass 2

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

166.9525

43.83

Asus Z87 Pro

168.2825

45.9675

Asus Z87 Plus

171.8175

45.8775

MSI Z87 MPower

170.1025

45.9075

Cinebench

CPU Score

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

7.73

Asus Z87 Pro

8.02

Asus Z87 Plus

7.94

MSI Z87 MPower

8.1

Unreal Heaven Benchmark 4.0

Average FPS

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

35.5

Asus Z87 Pro

34.7

Asus Z87 Plus

34.7

MSI Z87 MPower

34.5

Bioshock Infinite

Average FPS

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

50.08

Asus Z87 Pro

48.76

Asus Z87 Plus

48.76

MSI Z87 MPower

48.94

Tomb Raider

Average FPS

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

30.7

Asus Z87 Pro

30.6

Asus Z87 Plus

30.6

MSI Z87 MPower

30.5

Hitman Absolution

Average FPS

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

29.4

Asus Z87 Pro

30

Asus Z87 Plus

30

MSI Z87 MPower

30

Sleeping Dogs

Average FPS

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

31.8

Asus Z87 Pro

31.5

Asus Z87 Plus

31.2

MSI Z87 MPower

31.4

 

The performance numbers for the MPower are a little interesting to me. They are in line with what we expect but I found it interesting to see that in some cases it out performed the other boards while in other cases it was a little slower. The two Asus boards seemed to be a little more consistent when compared to the MSI boards. Having said that, as I mentioned before these numbers really aren’t going to show big differences between boards. What we want to see is that the performance numbers are on average near what the other boards did and the MPower did just that!

 

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31321 05 Jun 2013 19:00
Today we take a look at MSI's MPower motherboard as we continue out Haswell launch.
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Satansoul replied the topic: #31325 06 Jun 2013 02:58
Nice looking board. Also like how you colored the specs table, looks nice!
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31326 06 Jun 2013 03:06
Thanks I really appreciate the feedback.
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lonkny replied the topic: #31387 08 Jun 2013 22:52
Thanks for the informative review! One page that confuses me is the USB3/SATA3 page ... the chart states SATA Read speeds of 268MB/sec as compared to the other MSI & Asus boards around 430+... In your description, you state that this is due to Asus' USB 3 Turboboost technology, but we are talking about SATA here... In other reviews, the SATA Read speed for the MPower is in line with other boards:

www.kitguru.net/components/cpu/zardon/ms...990-2933mhz-ddr3/21/

I think it may be that the headings are backwards - are the first sets of numbers for USB and the 2nd set for SATA? Please clarify, thanks!
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31389 08 Jun 2013 23:43
yeah that was a mixup in the inputting. The results from USB 3.0 and SATA were flipped. I corrected it on my copy but missed it on the site. Thank you for pointing it out, its all fixed now
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lonkny replied the topic: #31393 09 Jun 2013 07:27
Thanks, makes much more sense now... I think I may pull the trigger on this board... especially liking the mSATA, bluetooth and other gimmicky features LOL - seems like the other Z87 boards in this price range all perform about the same with very similar feature sets, so it really comes down to incidentals...
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31395 09 Jun 2013 10:02
If you get it, come back and let us know how you like it and toss up a few pictures. Its a great board. I really hope I can find a good reason to use it in a build this year.

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