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ASUS ROG STRIX X99 GAMING (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 21, 2016 7:12 pm
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TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASUS

Overclocking Results

 

CPU Overclocking

 

If you hadn't already heard, the 6950X 10-core $1700 beast isn't the best overclocker. I can't validate CPU frequency anywhere near 5GHz, and I can't even boot at 4.5GHz, but I can run 4.4GHz on all cores. I have decided to change how I do the overclocking section and determine exactly what it takes to push to the CPU to this maximum stable frequency on the different motherboards I test.

 

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ASUS's motherboard has some pretty strong auto rules, but after manually setting the input, cache, and VCore I was able to get the CPU to transcode a 6GB 4K video in HandBrake to 1080P without overheating and crashing. My standard for this overclock is 4.4GHz on all cores, 1.38-1.4v on the VCore, 1.8v in voltage, moderate LLC, 3.5GHz cache, 1.25-1.3v cache voltage, 3200MHz XMP OC with 0.2-0.3v increase in system agent voltage if needed.

 

ASUS has a neat little application that works on the software level to help your CPU maintain performance at high temperatures by allowing you to setup a more fine-tuned thermal throttling scheme. ASUS Thermal Control Tool will allow you to fine tune the CPU to allow different frequency operation depending on temperature; it's a neat little program.

 

 

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The next step in overclocking testing is finding out XMP compatibility with different kits. The first kit is a 32GB quad-channel Dominator Platinum kit from Corsair. It runs at 3200MHz CAS 16, and the STRIX X99 GAMING was able to run it by just enabling XMP.

 

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Our final kit for memory compatibility testing is the G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHz CAS 14 32GB quad-channel kit. The STRIX X99 GAMING also ran this kit well, and all I had to do was enable XMP.

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