Page 1:Performance Beats Features?
Page 2:ASRock 990FX Extreme9
Page 3:990FX Extreme9 Software
Page 4:990FX Extreme9 Firmware
Page 5:Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0
Page 6:M5A99FX Pro R2.0 Software
Page 7:M5A99FX Pro R2.0 Firmware
Page 8:Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
Page 9:990FXA-UD3 Software
Page 10:990FXA-UD3 Firmware
Page 11:Test Settings And Benchmarks
Page 12:Results: Synthetic Benchmarks
Page 13:Results: Battlefield 3 And Far Cry 3
Page 14:Results: F1 2012 And Skyrim
Page 15:Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 16:Results: Content Creation
Page 17:Results: Productivity And File Compression
Page 18:Overclocking Results
Page 19:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 20:Who Wins This Three-Way 990FX Comparison?
M5A99FX Pro R2.0 Software
Asus includes a fairly broad software suite with most of its current enthusiast-oriented motherboards, adding for example its Network iControl packet prioritization software and Remote Go suite to enable file sharing, media streaming and PC remote control from wireless devices.
Asus Ai Charger+ continues to add quick-charge capability to Battery Charging 1.1-compliant devices, as well as Apple products, and USB Boost continues to add UASP support for USB 3.0 devices and turbo mode for USB 2.0 devices. Asus Fan Expert provides a little more granularity compared to the automatic programming of most competing products.
Asus EPU sets power profiles to optimize efficiency, but its benefits were extremely limited in our system. Its “Max Power Savings” setting gave us approximately the same idle power as the bare system without this software, its “High Performance” setting gave us around the same performance and full-load power consumption as a management-free installation, and the only downfall was the “High Performance” mode kept our processor from idling down as far as a management-free installation.
Asus Digi+ is a few steps farther towards overclocking assistance, adding, for example, the Load-Line calibration setting needed to keep voltage stable under changing loads.
Auto Tuning includes a basic overclock profile for its “fast” setting, and a smart overclock under the “Extreme” setting. The smart overclock performs stability tests and attempts to increase clocks further than the “Fast” profile. Yet, both methods resulted in the same 4.32 GHz frequency on our CPU.
Manual overclockers will prefer TurboV Evo’s manual mode, which addresses the full range of base clock, voltage, and CPU ratio settings also found in firmware.
Asus PC Probe II keeps track of voltage, temperature, and fan speed data, while Sensor Recorder plots a history of these stats over time.
- Performance Beats Features?
- ASRock 990FX Extreme9
- 990FX Extreme9 Software
- 990FX Extreme9 Firmware
- Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0
- M5A99FX Pro R2.0 Software
- M5A99FX Pro R2.0 Firmware
- Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
- 990FXA-UD3 Software
- 990FXA-UD3 Firmware
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetic Benchmarks
- Results: Battlefield 3 And Far Cry 3
- Results: F1 2012 And Skyrim
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Content Creation
- Results: Productivity And File Compression
- Overclocking Results
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Who Wins This Three-Way 990FX Comparison?