Despite the recent release of Core i7 by Intel the Core 2 platform still has quite a lot of life left in it especially when we consider the price/value of CPUs such as the Q6600, which is a great overclocker. With that CPU it is not uncommon to reach 3.3GHz from a reference speed of 2.4GHz but you still require a decent motherboard to achieve this. That’s where today’s review should help. In our latest Socket 775 roundup we have a collection of Socket 775 motherboards which are aimed at enthusiasts and surprisingly not all come with a huge price tag. We will be running each through a selection of real world test such as gaming, encoding and Photoshop use as well as finding out which achieves the best overclock.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK vs. MSI Z97 Gaming 5 vs Asus Maximus VII Hero
It is probably fair to say that Intel don't stealth launch their products... sure they have NDAs but by the time those expire we know pretty much everything about a new product. Part of this is of their own...