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Written by David Ramsey   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS GRYPHON Z87 mATX Intel Motherboard
Closer Look: Z87 GRYPHON
Z87 GRYPHON Details
ASUS Z87 UEFI
ASUS GRYPHON Software
Bundled Software Continued
Motherboard Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
x264HD 5.0 Tests
mATX Motherboard Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Motherboard Testing Methodology

After a few years of testing motherboards, I've noticed that motherboards based on the same chipset tend to have very similar performance. This wasn't always the case, but now that the memory controller's in the processor, and the PCI-E lanes are in the CPU and chipset, it's not surprising that everyone's "Y22" chipset motherboard performs pretty much alike...at stock settings, anyway.

So testing motherboards, unlike testing CPUs or video cards, is more about examining the proprietary features that make one different from another, as well as testing a board's overclocking ability, especially if it's marketed to the enthusiast community.

I tested the ASUS Z87 GRYPON board with a Core i7-4770K CPU at both stock and overclocked speeds. For the overclock, I used the auto overclocking feature built into the BIOS as well as the highest manual overclock I could achieve. I included the benchmark results from the stock-clocked MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX motherboard with the same CPU, memory, video card, and disk for comparison.

Test System

  • Motherboard: ASUS Z87 GRYPHON with BIOS 1007
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K "Haswell" CPU
  • System Memory: 8G (2x4G) Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3-1600 KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX at 9-9-9-27 timings
  • Video Card: AMD Radeon HD6850
  • CPU Cooler: Prolimatech Super Mega
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Benchmark Applications

  • AIDA64 v2.99.2446 (Beta version for Haswell CPUs)
  • SPECViewPerf 11
  • x264HD 5.0

I'll start with synthetic benchmarks in the next section.



 

Comments 

 
# re:Tprobe moduleCaring1 2013-06-11 18:22
This chip is used in active cooling technology, most likely in relation to thermal sensors and power supply.
I'm interested in knowing exactly what it does do if anybody is certain...
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# RE: re:Tprobe moduleCaring1 2013-06-11 18:45
"The EPU power-use tuning processor doesn't appear on this motherboard...probably because they ran out of space".

It seems the T-Probe ASP 0911 is the replacement for that, as shown on page four of the review in a screen shot of the UEFI.
It is shown as the CPU power duty control.
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# RE: RE: re:Tprobe moduleDavid Ramsey 2013-06-11 18:54
I don't think so, since other ASUS motherboards with EPU chips also have CPU power duty control.
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# BiosSteve 2013-10-25 03:10
This is a cracking board for sure, great quality, everything.

Sadly weve had to return several of these as there is a significant bios issue which Asus appear to be either unable or unwilling to rectify. Such a shame for what is otherwise an outstanding board.
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