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Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI Rev 1.0 mini-ITX Motherboard Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. Motherboard Layout Overview
  4. Components Overview
  5. CPU Cooler and GPU clearance
  6. BIOS Layout
  7. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  8. Futuremark Benchmarks
  9. Memory Benchmarks
  10. USB 3.0 Benchmark
  11. SATA III Performance Test
  12. LAN Performance Test
  13. Boot Load Test
  14. Conclusion
  15. Online Purchase Links
  16. View All

It gives me great pleasure every time I put up a review. It’s always good to appreciate the support that the manufacturers give from time-to-time to review their own products and others on behalf of the readers. Thanks to companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, WD and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached. Thumbs up to these guys! I would like to thank:

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive and 4x WD Red 3TB NAS drives
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for: Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard
BIOS + Processor F4 Retail BIOS + Intel i7 4790K/ Intel G3258+ Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler
GPU Intel HD4600 onboard
Memory Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD + WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX NAS Drive
Power Supply Corsair TX750
Chassis Lian Li A70F Full Tower PC Case

The test setup’s core components for the Haswell Refresh i7-4790K and the Gigabyte Z97X-SOC is the same and for both reviews, F4 was the BIOS that I’ve used.

The LAN test is done with the following Hardware: Thecus N2310 2-bay NAS+ 2x WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX NAS HDDs in RAID 0 Mode.

Benchmarks are as follows:

Futuremark Benchmarks: 3DMark 2013- Cloud Gate, Sky Diver, FireStrike; PCMark Vantage x64, PCMark 7, PCMark 8: Home and Work Test

Memory Benchmarks: AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark and Maxmem2 Benchmark

USB 3.0 Transfer Test: Data Transfer test to and from the source to flash drive (WD30EFRX drive is used as a source. Kingston 64GB HyperX DT USB 3.0 flash drive is used)

SATA III Performance Test: AS SSD and ATTO Benchmark (Primary Drive: SanDisk Extreme II 240GB SSD)

LAN Performance Test: Latency and throughput test

QuickBoot Comparison: Startup Items- uTorrent, Avira Antivirus, Asus Xonar DX drivers

I didn’t use the Asus Xonar DX on this motherboard, but I did enable the motherboard’s Wireless LAN and BT 4.0 module.

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