This work week will be shortened at both ends for me by other commitments. I took a vacation day yesterday, and I'll be driving up to the TR BBQ on Friday. In between, here's what's on my agenda.

Yep, that's an MSI MPower Z97 motherboard, and the CPU in the socket is a retail version of the Core i7-4790K. I'm going to see whether I can make this combo run any faster than my 4790K review sample did. Also curious to see what pushing the "overclock" button in MSI's software produces. I don't usually take the easy route, but it seems like the little auto-OC utilities have improved in recent years.

After that, when I'm back from the BBQ, I'm hoping to ramp up CPU benchmarking. I'll probably be doing a series of articles, each with a targeted focus. At the end of the process, I'm hoping to have a pretty broad set of updated CPU results to publish. If you have ideas about software we could test, feel free to offer your suggestions in the comments below. (Remember, please, that we're hoping to produce a set of results that's generally useful to our readership. We're not your personal validation lab.) I already have some sense of what I want to do, but I may be able to squeeze in some additional tests, if things work out well.

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