3D MARK11 FIRESTRIKE EXTREME
3DMark 11’s Fire Strike Extreme is one of the most intensive graphical benchmarks available. It is reserved for testing ultra high-end gaming machines with multiple graphics cards or overclocked CPUs. While, we don’t have the former, we’ll be testing the latter with a 4.6GHz overclock on our Intel Core i5 4960K
We got just around what we expected, with very respectable numbers for a highly overclocked CPU.
As we see here the minimum FPS gets a huge jump from this overclock from 53 to 68. While the rest of the numbers stay relatively the same this the most important part of the test.
TOMB RAIDER (2013)
The overclocked version has a slightly higher average FPS, aside from that not much to speak of here.
SHADOW OF MORDOR
As we see here the game seems to not care about clock speed whatsoever. This one seems like a wash ladies and gentlemen.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Let us begin by saying that the best motherboard we once ever had was a Gigabyte 990FXA UD3 for an older AMD system, a board which was a dream to overclock, ran butter smooth with a variety of different hardware for its lifespan, and was overclocked the entire time. Not once did we have an issue POSTing for the 3 years we had it. It did not feel like the wear and tear got to it whatsoever.
To say we had lofty expectations for this motherboard would be an understatement. While this board might only be an 8+2 Power design, we feel like 12 phase power designs aren’t much better on this platform considering the overclocking hurdles that is Haswell’s mainstream architecture. It does have very heavy heatsinks in the important places and the attention to detail definitely shows!
We do wish there were more SATA ports, although comparable motherboards are only equipped with 4 SATA ports at this price. A debug LED and a Clear CMOS button would have been wonderful as most boards currently have these. We will take the tradeoff knowing that the testing that has been done will ensure that this is a reliable motherboard.
With all that said the Gigabyte Z97X-UD3H Black Edition showed its strength in overclocking, reliability and its slick design. We strongly recommend it and it lives up to the high expectations we had for it. We proudly give it our Silver Seal award!