OVERCLOCKING THE HI-FI Z97WE
Every time I get a new motherboard installed into a computer, the first thing I think is “I wonder how it’s going to overclock…” so naturally this wouldn’t be a real review if we didn’t go over some of the overclocking abilities of the Biostar Z97WE. Since the Biostar Z97WE has no built in “auto” mode, all of our overclocking was done manually through the Bios. Biostar does have a software overclocking application, however I would recommend not using software to overclock your computer.
|CPU||Intel Core i5 4670K|
|RAM||8GB Samsung DDR3 1600Mhz|
|Motherboard||Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE|
|HDD||Seagate 600 480GB SSD|
|GPU||nVidia GeForce GTX 760|
|PSU||Antec TruePower 750Watt|
These are the baseline stock settings for our tests today. As you can see by default the Base Clock set by the Z97WE is 100.50Mhz. This would give the Z97WE a slight advantage if we were benchmarking it with any sort of synthetic tests. However, we are just looking at CPU overclocking today, so that won’t play any part in our testing.
BASE CLOCK OVERCLOCKING
When it comes to base clock overclocking, you really need to be pretty careful. It’s pretty easy to adjust this value too high and then you’re having all sorts of issues. Generally speaking, it’s pretty safe to go up to around 105Mhz, however we were able to get ours all the way up to 107 Mhz before we started running into any stability issues.
Overclocking our Intel Core i5 4670K CPU using just the multiplier adjustment options, we topped out at 4.5Ghz. I fully feel that this isn’t a limitation of the board itself, but rather our CPU as these are the same results we saw with our previous motherboard.