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The test systems are as close as we can get to running the same specifications. Though memory may be different brands, the speed and primary timings are the same, as well as the GPU. We use as an updated W10 64-bit OS (1903) with all threat mitigations applied.
Test System Components
|Sound||Integrated HD audio|
|Network||Integrated gigabit networking|
|Graphics Driver||GeForce 413.36|
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings|
|PCMark 10||Version 2.0.2115 64Essentials, Productivity, Digital Content Creation, MS Office|
|3DMark||Version 2.9.6631 64Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Preset|
|Cinebench R15||Build RC184115DEMOOpenGL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded|
|Cinebench R20||Version RBBENCHMARK281795Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded|
|Application Tests and Settings|
|LAME MP3||Version SSE2_2019Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)|
|HandBrake CLI||Version: 1.2.2Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX)|
|Corona 1.4||Version 1.4Custom benchmark|
|7-Zip||Version 19.00Integrated benchmark|
|Game Tests and Settings|
|Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation||Version 1.31.21360High Preset - 1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440Crazy Preset - 1920 x 1080 / 2560 x 1440|
|F1 2017||2017 Season, Abu Dhabi track, RainMedium PresetUltra High Preset|
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Does the chipset fan spin all the time, or only when the board gets hot?Reply
Biostar makes, or at least used to make, good motherboards at an affordable price. I know for many this may come as a surprise but their high-end boards generally have quality components. Where these lack is in BIOS/Software and the overall polish. I took a big chance on their T-Power X-58, a decade ago, and guess what it's still functional with a 920! The board had lots of quirks and an unfriendly BIOS, nonetheless was a fine overclocker with excellent VRM heatsinks.Reply
The fan curve is adjustable via the BIOS. It can be turned off at lower temperatures.philipemaciel said:Does the chipset fan spin all the time, or only when the board gets hot?