Test System Setup
In this section, I will test GIGABYTE's features, including BIOS CPU OC Profiles, power consumption, and audio performance. I will also show you some of GIGABYTE's OC software.
For these following tests I used the 32GB kit instead of the 16GB kit.
The lighting modes on the X99 SOC Force for the LEDs are pretty cool.
Built in BIOS OC Profiles
GIGABYTE's built-in OC profiles for X99 contain settings for all three of the available consumer SKUs. I chose the 4.0GHz and 4.3GHz profiles for the 5960X.
The auto OC profiles both increased the CPU cores to their target frequencies (4.0 and 4.3GHz). The 4.0GHz auto OC was done at a 1.2v VCore/1.9v VIN, and the 4.3GHz was done at a 1.25v VCore/1.95v VIN. These voltages are meant to support all 5960X CPUs, and should do so without pushing them over the 80C mark while providing full stability.
GIGABYTE provides their EasyTune and System Information Viewer software. Between both of these, you have OC profiles, real-time adjustment, temperature and voltage monitoring, as well as Smart fan control.
These are GIGABYTE's more advanced CPU and Memory OC utilities. There is the GTL, which is GIGABYTE Tweak Launcher, and has real-time control over all voltages, multipliers, and some advanced PWM features. Then there is GIGABYTE's MemTweak which allows for memory timing adjustment in real-time, a feature thought to be lost since Z87, which was recently revived by the X99 platform.
I tested the power at the wall socket, and at the eight-pin CPU power connector on the motherboard, which supplies the CPU power. Measurements were taken at 0% load for Idle, and 100% load (at max spikes) using IntelBurnTest.
Windows power settings
Power Saver: Lite PWR
Balanced: Stock, 4.0GHz, and 4.3GHz
High Performance: 4.5GHz Manual OC
This is the testing done in RMAA5.5 with the audio, and the results speak for themselves. I test with RMAA a bit differently than others; I make sure to disable all audio enhancements in packaged software, and in the control panel, then I match bit rate and frequency, and finally run the test.
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