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GIGABYTE Z170X-UD3 Ultra Motherboard Review (Page 7)

Steven Bassiri | Oct 25, 2016 at 03:49 pm CDT - 0 mins, 55 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Overclocking Results

CPU Overclocking

I have decided to reduce the CPU VCore to 1.4v applied (I will measure real VCore at the output capacitors), and see how high I can validate. On most boards, it's 5GHz.

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Even with the four phase CPU VCore VRM, the Z170X-UD3 Ultra can hit 5GHz.

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I was able to pull off a 4.7GHz stable overclock, which is not bad considering the very basic VRM. Anything higher will probably require a stronger voltage regulator.

Compatible Memory Overclocking Kits

Test 1: 2x4GB (8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666C16

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This kit worked fine with only two sticks.

Test 2: 4x4GB (8GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200MHz C16

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The Dominator Platinum kit used here worked the best out of the three kits I tested.

Test 3: 2x4GB (8GB) G.Skill TridentZ 3733MHz C17

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The TridentZ wasn't easy to get running, I had to make some voltage adjustments to VCCSA and VCCIO and disable fast boot so that the memory could be properly trained.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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