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Test Setup

Test Setup
Processor Intel Core i7-4770K ES
4 Cores, 8 Threads, 3.5 GHz (3.9 GHz Turbo)
Motherboard ASUS Z97-Deluxe (NFC + WLC)
Cooling Corsair H80i
Thermalright TRUE Copper
Power Supply OCZ 1250W Gold ZX Series
Corsair AX1200i Platinum PSU
Memory G.Skill RipjawsZ 4x4 GB DDR3-1600 9-11-9 Kit
Memory Settings 1600 9-11-9-27 1T tRFC 240
Video Cards MSI GTX 770 Lightning 2GB (1150/1202 Boost)
ASUS HD7970 3GB (Reference)
Video Drivers Catalyst 13.12
NVIDIA Drivers 335.23
Hard Drive OCZ Vertex 3 256GB
Optical Drive LG GH22NS50
Case Open Test Bed
Operating System Windows 7 64-bit SP1
USB 2/3 Testing OCZ Vertex 3 240GB with SATA->USB Adaptor

Power Consumption

Power consumption was tested on the system as a whole with a wall meter connected to the OCZ 1250W power supply, while in a single MSI GTX 770 Lightning GPU configuration. This power supply is Gold rated, and as I am in the UK on a 230-240 V supply, leads to ~75% efficiency > 50W, and 90%+ efficiency at 250W, which is suitable for both idle and multi-GPU loading. This method of power reading allows us to compare the power management of the UEFI and the board to supply components with power under load, and includes typical PSU losses due to efficiency. These are the real world values that consumers may expect from a typical system (minus the monitor) using this motherboard.

While this method for power measurement may not be ideal, and you feel these numbers are not representative due to the high wattage power supply being used (we use the same PSU to remain consistent over a series of reviews, and the fact that some boards on our test bed get tested with three or four high powered GPUs), the important point to take away is the relationship between the numbers. These boards are all under the same conditions, and thus the differences between them should be easy to spot.

Power Consumption - Long Idle

Power Consumption - Idle

Power Consumption - OCCT

Power consumption while at idle and long idle seems relatively high, especially compared to the UD5H and another one of the boards we have tested but not published yet. The load power consumption however is lower, suggesting that perhaps there are a few features on the Z97-Deluxe that consume power at idle.

Windows 7 POST Time

Different motherboards have different POST sequences before an operating system is initialized. A lot of this is dependent on the board itself, and POST boot time is determined by the controllers on board (and the sequence of how those extras are organized). As part of our testing, we are now going to look at the POST Boot Time - this is the time from pressing the ON button on the computer to when Windows 7 starts loading. (We discount Windows loading as it is highly variable given Windows specific features.)  These results are subject to human error, so please allow +/- 1 second in these results.

POST (Power-On Self-Test) Time - Single MSI GTX 770

One of the big features out of the Z97 motherboards we have tested so far is the long POST times when left at default (the UD5H that formed the basis of our first Z97 review was the exception). However when stripped of controllers, the Z97-Deluxe nudges a nine-second POST time.

In The Box, Overclocking System Benchmarks
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  • pavlindrom - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    Lovely tongue-twisting title.
  • LancerVI - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    Nice board here, as usual, from Asus. I must say though, being a shallow man, that I would love to see and end to this gold design scheme and a return of my beloved blue.

    Please, for the love of all that is holy; Asus, return the blue scheme.
  • LancerVI - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    *an end

    Also or all black
  • Antronman - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    The blue scheme was ugly, and far too bright. It was also a very cold color.

    I like this new dull, bronzed gold like on the TUF series, because it's a lot more neutral. You can make any color build you want with it.
  • LancerVI - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    If you want neutral, all black would be truly neutral. Gold is just terrible.
  • pixelstuff - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    I was thinking this was one of the classiest looking color schemes they've ever made.
  • Challenge - Monday, May 19, 2014 - link

    Artistically the color choices are perfect and conform with the principles of color choice.
  • superflex - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - link

    The 90's called. They want their brass and glass coffee table back.
  • Flunk - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    Do you know what we really need from the next generation of Intel processor/chipset? More PCI-E lanes.
  • SirKnobsworth - Friday, May 16, 2014 - link

    Rumor has it that the chipsets accompanying Skylake will have 20 PCIe 3.0 lanes, as well as an upgrades DMI 3.0 path to the CPU. As we can already tell, they will be sorely needed.

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