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EVGA X99 Micro (Intel X99) Micro-ATX Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 31, 2015 2:11 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: EVGA

Test Setup

 

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This is the new test bench, and it is designed to test every aspect of the motherboard and I/O. I have designed it so that the motherboard sits in a case and is cooled by fans that are always on at a constant rate to keep the conditions similar for all tests. I have cut out part of the case behind the motherboard so I can get thermal images of the back of the PCB where the VRM heat spreads. System and CPU power measurements are now digitally logged.

 

I am also using a Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 for our network tests, including wireless AC. The latest M.2, SSD, and USB technologies are also utilized to test the maximum potential of the motherboards that are being tested.

 

 

Overclocking Results

 

In this section, I will explore the overclocking process and results of this board.

 

CPU Overclocking

 

Max CPU Overclock is found by setting the VCore to 1.5v, input voltage to 2.1v, and cache voltage to 1.15v; booting with a CPU multiplier of 45x; and disabling any features that would result in CPU frequency fluctuation. Then, proceed to Windows and use software to increase the multiplier; in this case I opted to use Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility since it is the only software that can overclock this board in Windows.

 

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The maximum of our CPU on this board, and other X99 motherboards, is 5.0GHz. It is clear that CPU overclocking is pretty good for high frequency.

 

Maximum AIDA64 Stable Overclock (BIOS settings for this are below):

 

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I was easily able to pull off 4.5GHz on the CPU with 3.2GHz cache, and a 2400MHz overclock on my memory by manually tuning the UEFI.

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