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ASUS Z87 WS Motherboard Review

Posted February 26, 2014 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards


Price at time of Review: $281.79 on Newegg.com


Feature and Performance Packed, Intuitive Software package, and Overclocking Stable


Color Choice, but can be subjective.
ASUS Workstation platform hits the mark with great feature and performance capabilities without compromise. Great intuitive software package and this is a must have motherboard for all WS builders!
by Kenny
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Benchmarks – Power Consumption and Temperatures

When it comes to the Z87 chipset and flagship processors, it’s no surprise that you will need a little more juice to run the system. The TDP on the 4770K is set at 87watts, so we know that we will need some decent power to push this system especially running SLI configuration. Luckily, our Corsair HX1050 watt PSU has no issues handling this set up.

To test the power consumption, we used three methods. We used a wall socket meter to get our readings and let the system sit at idle. Then we used CPU load ONLY and then both CPU and GPU Load.

So let’s take a look at the results.

Power Consumption

Full load we saw some high numbers, however keep in mind that we are also powering an entire watercooled SLI system.

Let’s take a look at some temperatures during the testing. Here we used software to monitor the temps like CoreTemp and the AI Suite.


Looking at the results of the temperature test, you can see that the Motherboard temps performed great even under full load and even overclocked temps only moved a few degrees. The highlight here is that at 4.5GHz, it topped out at 66c under load testing. Taking into consideration the higher TDP compared to its previous flagship CPU the 3770K, it didn’t perform too bad.

Well, that pretty much sums up our benchmarks so lets wrap things up.

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One Comment


    I put together my latest build using this MB with a Core i7 4770K and two GTX 780 GPU’s.
    I haven’t used many of the features of the MB yet, but it does run rock-stable out of the box. I could just about do anything with this rig; from content creation, rendering, gaming, mining…you name it.

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