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EVGA Z87 Stinger Motherboard and GTX 760 FTW Graphics Card Review

EVGA Z87 Stinger Motherboard and GTX 760 FTW Graphics Card Review

EVGA Z87 Stinger Motherboard, GTX 760 FTW Graphics Card and 500B PSU Review

Power Use and Overclocking

Power use was recorded after 15 minutes at idle and then full CPU and GPU load on the i5/A10.

  Idle
Power
Load
Power
EVGA Z87 Stinger / Intel Core i5-4670 51w 173w
ASUS Z87I-Pro / Intel Core i5-4670 51w 170w
G1.Sniper A88X / AMD A10-7850K 52w 155w
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 FTW! Idle > Load
Change
164w
65°C
ASUS GeForce GTX 760 DirectCU Mini Idle > Load
Change
141w
68°C

EVGA draw a little more power on their motherboard and graphics card than ASUS which isn’t too much of a surprise, especially on the graphics card. The higher overclock and larger PCB need that extra supply. That said the cooler used by EVGA really does show its strength, keeping the FTW! Edition running at 65°C, maximum with low noise.

  Max OC
EVGA Z87 Stinger / Intel Core i7-4770K 5.0GHz
EVGA GeForce GTX 760 FTW! +110MHz core + 1021MHz memory

Overclocking both products was a simple process, we used the BIOS settings for our motherboard and EVGA Precision X for the graphics card. We also switched to the I7-4770K for this test so that we could remove any limitations on the CPU side.

EVGA Precision-X Software

The overclock we achieved on the Stinger was decent, hitting 5.0GHz although we have seen the CPU go higher on other products. For the GPU our review sample was able to hit some of the highest clocks we have seen from a GTX 760 and took our Fire Strike score to over 6100 points in the latest 3DMark.

EVGA 500B PSU box EVGA 500B PSU

Before we move to the conclusion we wanted to take note of the PSU used in this review. EVGA provided their 500B unit which is an option worth considering for mini-ITX builds. It has bronze certification in terms of efficiency and a solid feeling metal chassis. Full details on the unit can be found here from EVGA.

This is how it performed for us…

Testing Temp: 40°C 125W 250W 375W 500W Max Ripple
MvP-P
3.3v 3.29v 3.31v 3.30v 3.29v 41
5v 4.99v 5.00v 5.01v 4.99v 45
12v 1 12.019v 12.000v 12.003v 11.997v 90
           
Efficiency 82.3% 85.6% 84.3% 82.9%  

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Stuart Davidson

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