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GIGABYTE GA-X99-SOC Force Motherboard Overview and Overclocking Guide

By: Steven Bassiri | Guides | Posted: Oct 20, 2014 12:59 pm

Test System Setup

 

In this section, I will test GIGABYTE's features, including BIOS CPU OC Profiles, power consumption, and audio performance. I will also show you some of GIGABYTE's OC software.

 

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For these following tests I used the 32GB kit instead of the 16GB kit.

 

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The lighting modes on the X99 SOC Force for the LEDs are pretty cool.

 

 

Built in BIOS OC Profiles

 

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GIGABYTE's built-in OC profiles for X99 contain settings for all three of the available consumer SKUs. I chose the 4.0GHz and 4.3GHz profiles for the 5960X.

 

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The auto OC profiles both increased the CPU cores to their target frequencies (4.0 and 4.3GHz). The 4.0GHz auto OC was done at a 1.2v VCore/1.9v VIN, and the 4.3GHz was done at a 1.25v VCore/1.95v VIN. These voltages are meant to support all 5960X CPUs, and should do so without pushing them over the 80C mark while providing full stability.

 

 

OC Software

 

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GIGABYTE provides their EasyTune and System Information Viewer software. Between both of these, you have OC profiles, real-time adjustment, temperature and voltage monitoring, as well as Smart fan control.

 

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These are GIGABYTE's more advanced CPU and Memory OC utilities. There is the GTL, which is GIGABYTE Tweak Launcher, and has real-time control over all voltages, multipliers, and some advanced PWM features. Then there is GIGABYTE's MemTweak which allows for memory timing adjustment in real-time, a feature thought to be lost since Z87, which was recently revived by the X99 platform.

 

 

Power Testing

 

I tested the power at the wall socket, and at the eight-pin CPU power connector on the motherboard, which supplies the CPU power. Measurements were taken at 0% load for Idle, and 100% load (at max spikes) using IntelBurnTest.

 

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Windows power settings

 

Power Saver: Lite PWR

Balanced: Stock, 4.0GHz, and 4.3GHz

High Performance: 4.5GHz Manual OC

 

 

Audio Testing

 

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This is the testing done in RMAA5.5 with the audio, and the results speak for themselves. I test with RMAA a bit differently than others; I make sure to disable all audio enhancements in packaged software, and in the control panel, then I match bit rate and frequency, and finally run the test.

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