We would like to thank the following companies for supplying and supporting us with our test system hardware and equipment: Intel, ASUS, MSI, Western Digital and Corsair.
Having a look above you can see our motherboard testbed line up today. We won't go into too much detail as everything is really shown above and when we move into our benchmarks on the upcoming pages you'll get an idea of the boards we're using today in our comparison. Instead we'll just get into the overclocking side of things.
At the end of last year our 3960X left us for greener pastures; our new 3960X hasn't had a chance to really stretch its legs. The first time we used the processor we managed to get just over 4.6GHz out of it.
Today we managed to get better than that with the MSI Big Bang XPower II which saw our CPU come clocked in at 4.8GHz via a 48x multiplier. Unfortunately this is where it stopped for us and we have this feeling that our current 3960x just isn't as strong as our original one that died.
Moving to a 49x / 50x multiplier of a 48x multiplier with a 105BCLK resulted in us not being able to get into Windows. While we had no issue booting, when it was time for the Windows logo to show up on the screen, our system would just hang. We tried messing around with the voltages a bit and the BCLK, but it just didn't want to go any further.
The good news is that 48x was extremely easy to get and was absolutely rock solid stable. We literally just bumped up our voltages across the board, changed the multiplier to 48x and we ended up in Windows straight away, every time. The solid nature of this makes it a really nice everyday overclock. With more time you could probably find yourself dropping the voltage down a little bit as well.
Let's get started!