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MSI X99A Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 4:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

Overclocking Results

 

If you hadn't already heard, the 6950X 10-core $1700 beast isn't the best overclocker. I cannot validate CPU frequency anywhere near 5GHz, and I cannot 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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MSI's X99A Gaming Pro Carbon overclocked pretty easily to 4.4GHz on all cores. The LLC I used was the second strongest, and I noticed that auto rules for voltage increases weren't very strong when only overclocking the CPU.

 

Overall temperatures remained low during the 4K video transcoding, which was a surprise. I like the ability to pick between a dynamic and fixed frequency overclock in MSI's BIOS; it can save you a lot of headaches depending on whether or not you want the CPU frequency to drop during idle or remain at maximum speed all the time.

 

 

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The Dominator Platinum 32GB 3200MHz C16 kit worked well.

 

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The G.Skill TridentZ 32GB 3200MHz C14 kit is also worked well.

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