Gaming (CounterStrike/World In Conflict: Soviet Assault)
Counter-Strike Source was tested at 1024×768 with default detail.
World In Conflict: Soviet Assault
WIC was tested at 2560×1600 with 2x anti-aliasing and 4x anisotropic filtering. All in game details were set to very high.
To test gaming performance we ran our systems through two scenarios. The first uses Counter Strike Source to test the performance when the CPU/Memory/Motherboard are the limiting factors. World In Conflict allows us to see how each system performs in a real-world gaming test.
Overall the results follow a similar trend to the rest of the review with Gigabyte offering the best performance.
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.
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