Page 1:LGA 2011 Motherboards, Just A Little Cheaper
Page 2:ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB
Page 3:X79 Extreme6/GB UEFI
Page 4:Asus P9X79 Pro
Page 5:P9X79 Pro UEFI
Page 6:ECS X79R-AX
Page 7:X79R-AX UEFI
Page 8:Foxconn Quantumian-1
Page 9:Quantumian-1 UEFI
Page 10:Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3
Page 11:GA-X79-UD3 UEFI
Page 12:Intel DX79SI
Page 13:DX79SI UEFI
Page 14:MSI X79A-GD65 (8D)
Page 15:X79A-GD65 (8D) UEFI
Page 16:Test Settings And Benchmarks
Page 17:Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
Page 18:Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
Page 19:Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
Page 20:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 21:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 22:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 24:Which X79-Based Motherboard Is Right For You?
Intel’s unusual UEFI is easy to use and navigate once you're familiar with its layout. Primary frequency and secondary voltage controls are found under the main “Performance” menu.
Though the lack of CPU core and DRAM voltage settings on a voltage menu is certainly unusual, Intel chose to put them on their respective “Overrides” menus.
The “Runtime Turbo Ratio” setting allows ratio controls from a Windows-based application, but it also sets all Turbo Boost ratios simultaneously. As with most other motherboards, enabling this setting with our problematic CPUs prevented Windows from loading. Alternatively, setting every Turbo Boost ratio to 36x with a 121.92 MHz BCLK gave us a consistent 4.36 GHz CPU clock at full load, regardless of the number of active cores.
Primary and most secondary timings are adjustable from the DRAM Overrides menu, along with DRAM voltage and multiplier. XMP is also functional for those who lack either the time or skill to manually configure maximum memory performance.
Like many of its partners, Intel now offers built-in overclocking profiles. Of course those don't work with our CPU due to its rare (but clearly not isolated) multiplier condition.
- LGA 2011 Motherboards, Just A Little Cheaper
- ASRock X79 Extreme6/GB
- X79 Extreme6/GB UEFI
- Asus P9X79 Pro
- P9X79 Pro UEFI
- ECS X79R-AX
- X79R-AX UEFI
- Foxconn Quantumian-1
- Quantumian-1 UEFI
- Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3
- GA-X79-UD3 UEFI
- Intel DX79SI
- DX79SI UEFI
- MSI X79A-GD65 (8D)
- X79A-GD65 (8D) UEFI
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Which X79-Based Motherboard Is Right For You?