Performance

For the most part overall performance benchmarks on a motherboard are more a formality than anything else. What we are looking for are numbers that don’t perform up to the average, in other words we are keeping an eye for any weird bugs that you might run into while using the board day to day. It’s hard to compare the numbers to any other boards because they are really based on the memory, CPU, and video card more than anything else (a little on the SSD as well in some tests). In the case of the Impact, there weren’t any of the benchmarks that stood out. Typically a Mini-ITX board will perform a little slower than the full ATX boards but as you can see this wasn’t the case with the Impact. Not only that it bested the MSI ITX board in almost every test as well. Not only that but the results below show that pairing the Impact with a GTX 780 and an i7-4770 is all it takes to put down kick ass numbers. For our LAN rig though that wasn’t enough for me. I will be running the Impact with an overclocked GTX 980 and an i7-4790K for a CPU to edge out even more performance.

3DMark

MSI Z97 Gaming 5

Overall Score 8714

Graphics Score 9784

Physics Score 11082

Asus Z97-A

Overall Score 8715

Graphics Score 9777

Physics Score 11119

MSI Z97I Gaming AC

Overall Score 8578

Graphics Score 9744

Physics Score 10533

MSI B85M Gaming

Overall Score 8572

Graphics Score 9726

Physics Score 10556

MSI Z97M Gaming

Overall Score 8660

Graphics Score 9795

Physics Score 11089

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

Overall Score 8698

Graphics Score 9836

Physics Score 11128

Asus Maximus VII Impact

Overall Score 8690

Graphics Score 9773

Physics Score 11010

PCMark 8

MSI Z97 Gaming 5

5133

Asus Z97-A

5287

MSI Z97I Gaming AC

4469

MSI B85M Gaming

4585

MSI Z97M Gaming

4712

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

4721

Asus Maximus VII Impact

4951

Passmark

MSI Z97 Gaming 5

5186.1

Asus Z97-A

5200.0

MSI Z97I Gaming AC

5057.8

MSI B85M Gaming

5117.8

MSI Z97M Gaming

5064.4

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

5373.8

Asus Maximus VII Impact

5160.0

Bioshock Infinite

MSI Z97 Gaming 5

106.54

Asus Z97-A

110.74

MSI Z97I Gaming AC

110.28

MSI B85M Gaming

111.36

MSI Z97M Gaming

108.35

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

110.28

Asus Maximus VII Impact

111.02

Tomb Raider

MSI Z97 Gaming 5

57.1

Asus Z97-A

57.2

MSI Z97I Gaming AC

58.9

MSI B85M Gaming

57.3

MSI Z97M Gaming

56.8

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

57.1

Asus Maximus VII Impact

57.1

Hitman: Absolution

MSI Z97 Gaming 5

45.8

Asus Z97-A

46.7

MSI Z97I Gaming AC

47.2

MSI B85M Gaming

45.6

MSI Z97M Gaming

47.3

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

47.1

Asus Maximus VII Impact

47.2

Sleeping Dogs

MSI Z97 Gaming 5

62.4

Asus Z97-A

62

MSI Z97I Gaming AC

63.2

MSI B85M Gaming

62.4

MSI Z97M Gaming

62.3

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

61.3

Asus Maximus VII Impact

62.2

 

 

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35904 25 Nov 2014 06:29
Before Thanksgiving week gets in full swing I take a look at Asus's top of the line Mini-ITX Z97 motherboard. This is one of a few reviews of components going in a new project LAN build. Check it out!
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Myndmelt replied the topic: #35905 26 Nov 2014 04:39
Wow it looks like they have changed very little since the Maximus VI Impact which is what I have in my LAN box. The software and bios look more advanced. Also I really like the way that red hyperx looks on that board.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35907 26 Nov 2014 05:16
yeah this isn't a big change, just improvements on the original design along with the new Z97 chipset that is also only a small change from Z87 lol

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