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ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer Motherboard Review

3DMark

We used 3DMark‘s ‘Fire Strike’ benchmark which is designed to be used on gaming PCs. We opted for the Normal setting, NOT the Extreme mode.

3dmark

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Sandra Processor Arithmetic

sandra arithmetic

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Sandra Memory Bandwidth

sandra mem band

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Performance of ASRock’s Z97X Killer varies from test to test. The CPU arithmetic score is high, while 3DMark and memory bandwidth scores sit ASRock’s board at the bottom of the pile.

We looked into the reasoning and noticed that ASRock’s board applies slacker secondary timings for our Corsair memory kit’s XMP profile than many of the competing boards do. The increased latency could be affecting the performance of ASRock’s board in memory-intensive benchmarks.

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