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.
GIGABYTE's current UEFI doesn't have strong auto-rules, so you will need to manually increase voltages such as cache and input voltage. In the future, they will probably address this by implementing auto increases. Auto rules are helpful for novice users, as some of them might not know they have to raise cache voltage to 1.3v+ to maintain a 3.5GHz cache overclock, and so they might not even change that voltage.
Whenever you set Auto, you are giving voltage control to the BIOS engineers, on many boards auto VRIN is 1.9v instead of Intel's default 1.8v, and BIOS engineers use these rules to make their boards seem as if they OC better. The truth is your CPU should OC relatively the same on almost all X99 motherboards that are built well. The X99-Ultra Gaming overclocks relatively easily.
Dominator Platinum 32GB 3200MHz C16 seen above working well.
G.Skill TridentZ 32GB 3200MHz C14 kit also seen above working well.
PRICING: You can find the GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming (Intel X99) Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming (Intel X99) Motherboard retails for $280 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming (Intel X99) Motherboard retails for £280 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and X99-Ultra Gaming Overview]
- Page 3 [GIGABYTE X99-Ultra Gaming Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [GIGABYTE X99-Ultra 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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