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MSI X99A TOMAHAWK Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 11, 2016 5:48 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSI

CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks

 

CINEBENCH 11.5

 

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wPrime

 

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AIDA64 AES and HASH

 

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AIDA64 FPU

 

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AIDA64 Memory

 

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ScienceMark

 

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HandBrake 4K

 

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3DMark: Cloud Gate

 

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3DMark: Fire Strike

 

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ResidentEvil 6

 

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I have decided to test motherboard performance based upon a standardized 4GHz profile for the new X99 refresh motherboards. The base frequency of the 6950X is 3GHz, but since Intel's Turbo profile allows for a single core to hit 4GHz, some motherboards will take any number (sometimes all) of the cores to 4GHz at stock settings, and this creates a huge performance disparity at stock. In all these tests I ran the CPU at 4GHz on all cores, the cache at 3.5GHz, and memory at 2666MHz with timings 16-18-18-36 T2, and allowed the motherboard to set the rest of the timings itself.

 

The X99A TOMAHAWK's benchmark results are solid, but overall they are average. There are no performance pitfalls, so the BIOS has been tuned correctly, but there is also no category where it wins all the time, which is normal for most products.

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