GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK Intel Z97 Motherboard Review


FutureMark 3DMark

3Dmark Fire Strike Benchmark Results – For high performance gaming PCs

Use Fire Strike to test the performance of dedicated gaming PCs, or use the Fire Strike Extreme preset for high-end systems with multiple GPUs. Fire Strike uses a multi-threaded DirectX 11 engine to test DirectX 11 hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike

Fire Strike Benchmark Results:

Futuremark 3DMark Firestrike Benchmark Results

Benchmark Results: The GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK was a little lower in the Firestrike chart than I was hoping for. With an 3DMark score on 6031 the G1 gaming motherboard was second from the bottom. It looks like the graphics score is to blame as it is one of the lowest scores at 6630. The G1 Gaming motherboard employs a PLX chip to add additional PCIe lanes for 4-way SLI and Crossfire, the PLX chip is known to create a minor hit in graphics performance due to increased latencies on the PCIe bus. While it may hurt single card performance, it’s the only way to run 4-way SLI and CrossFire on the Intel Z97 chipset.