I have decided to reduce the CPU VCore to 1.4v applied (I will measure real VCore at the output capacitors), and see how high I can validate. On most boards its 5.0. I have also decided to add real voltage levels compared to what is set for all motherboards, if they don't have voltage read points I will mark where I got the readings from.
The Z170X-UD5 TH is doing 5.0GHz just like the high-end motherboards, which isn't surprising at all.
I tested stability at 4.8GHz CPU, 4.1GHz Uncore, and 2666MHz on the memory with 1.4v on the VCore. I am using HandBrake to transcode a 2GB video, and it is very telling since it pulls all cores to the maximum frequency and load. Handbrake is good for a quick stability check, plus I get a log of the encoding speed and the number of errors. It is very easy for the queue not to finish all the way and just error out, so it has to proceed without errors to finish.
The LLC only comes in two variants, but the "High" setting is all you need for overclocking.
Test 1: 4x4GB (32GB) Corsair VENGEANCE LPX 2666MHz C16
The Z170X-UD5 TH passed this test quite easily.
Test 2: 4x4GB (16GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200MHz C16
The Corsair Dominator Platinum is kit meant for X99, but it worked fine on this Z170 motherboard.
Test 3: 2x4GB (8GB) G.Skill Ripjaws V 3600MHz C17
The Ripjaws V kit doesn't work on all motherboards, and I was surprised it worked on the Z170X-UD5 TH considering it isn't an overclocking motherboard.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z170X-UD5 TH Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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