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.
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.
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.
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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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and ROG STRIX X99 GAMING Overview]
- Page 3 [ASUS ROG STRIX X99 GAMING Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASUS ROG STRIX X99 GAMING 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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