Overall Score 4.2  

Test Set Up

We have put together what we would consider a good mid range gaming specification. We had the opportunity to set up RAID with two fantastic Samsung 840 Pro’s, so you could consider the storage results a little higher end.

Synthetic Tests

  • PCMark 08
  • AIDA64 Extreme
  • Resident Evil 6 Benchmark Tool
  • CrystalDiskMark

Real World Tests

  • Battlefield 4
  • Titanfall

Test Results

First up we have PCMark08 and decent scores across the board. For a mid-range mATX motherboard with no real frills, it is holding it’s own just fine. PCMark is a combination of the entire build so the RAID SSDs are helping a lot here, as is the XMP DDR3, though it all needs to bus through the motherboard.

Gigabyte-Z97M-DS3H-PC-Mark-Graph

Now on to CrystalDiskMark in RAID and the scores again are good. With a dip in the 50Mb read test the only anomaly, the rest of the results are excellent. Demonstrating the maturity of the Intel’s Rapid Storage Technology, the Z97 RAID performance is expectedly strong.

Gigabyte-Z97M-DS3H-Seq-Test-Graph

Nothing of note except good performances with older benchmarks.

Gigabyte-Z97M-DS3H-RE6&Van-Graph

Next, AIDA64 results

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