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.
Sandra Processor Arithmetic
Sandra Memory Bandwidth
MSI’s motherboard shows a particularly strong physics score in the 3DMark benchmark. Repeated testing confirms the performance advantage for MSI’s board.
Both the Sandra memory bandwidth and processor arithmetic benchmarks place the MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC around a middle-of-the-road spot in our charts.