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MSI Z97 Gaming 5 VS ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X | Black Hole Tec

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MSI Z97 Gaming 5 VS ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X

Submitted by Robbie Pyckhout on Fri, 07/04/2014 - 21:06


Both, the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 and ASrock Fatal1ty Z97X, belong to the gaming series of the company. The boards offer tons of features regarding the optimisation of gaming experience. Something really remarkable on both boards, is the price. While supporting the buyer of a full package of features, the two brands are able to keep the price reasonably low.

The boards we're testing are also from about the same price range and should offer comparable features. Now let's see which one comes out as best performing board for the price!


Test System

Processor Intel I7 4790 & i7 4790K (for overclocking)

AMD Gamer series 2133MHZ CL10

Motherboard MSI Z97 Gaming 5 / ASrock Fatal1ty Z97X
Power Supply OCZ ModStreamX 700W
Graphics Card

MSI R9 280X Gaming

Club3D R9 280X Royal Queen

CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D14

Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB

OS Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Monitor Philips 236Vl
Driver Catalyst 14.6 RC2


Software used in tests:

  • Cinebench R15
  • Cinebench R11.5
  • TrueCrypt AES
  • 7-Zip
  • Black Hole Benchmark Final V4.2
  • 3DMark FireStrike
  • 3DMark Sky Diver
  • Unigine Valley 1.0
  • Hitman Absolution
  • Sleeping Dogs



About the Author

Keeping up with new inventions and technological improvements is kinda my thing. Writing about technology is just a result of my fascination with it. I hope to provide readers with as much news as possible, everyday.
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