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MSI X99A GODLIKE GAMING (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 3, 2015 9:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: MSI

Overclocking Results

 

In this section, I will go through overclocking this board.

 

CPU Overclocking

 

Max CPU Overclock is found by setting the VCore to 1.5v, Input voltage to 2.1v, cache voltage to 1.15v, booting with a CPU multiplier of 45x and disabling any features that would result in CPU frequency fluctuation. I then proceed into Windows and then I used MSI's Command center to change the ratio.

 

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5.0GHz is the maximum of our CPU on this board and other X99 motherboards. It is clear that this board is pretty good for CPU overclocking. Maximum AIDA64 Stable Overclock (BIOS settings below for this):

 

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I was easily able to pull off 4.5GHz on the CPU with 3.3GHz cache overclock and 2133MHz on my memory manually tuning the UEFI.

 

Memory Overclocking

 

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This section is a new addition. Corsair was nice enough to provide a 3200MHz quad-channel DDR4 kit for our benchmarks, and I decided to see how easy it is to boot with their XMP profile on different motherboards. In the early days of X99 trying to boot with the 32x memory multiplier was a nightmare, some boards did it with a lot of training (loops on startup), and some didn't even have the option. At this point in time I decided to test out how easy it is to use on each board.

 

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The MSI X99 GODLIKE handled memory overclocking like a pro, setting XMP was easy, and I didn't have to adjust any voltages to get 3200MHz.

 

Uncore/Cache Overclocking

 

Boards with the extra pins in the socket can overclock the cache further, on this board I was able to OC the cache to 4.5GHz while the core was 4.5GHz. I had to change the CPU Ring OC2 voltage to 1.5v to get 4.5GHz, but it was easy to do once I increased the voltage.

 

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