Page 1:More, Less Or Just Different?
Page 2:ASRock X99 Extreme4
Page 3:ASRock X99 Extreme4 Software
Page 4:ASRock X99 Extreme4 Firmware
Page 5:Gigabyte X99-UD4
Page 6:Gigabyte X99-UD4 Software
Page 7:Gigabyte X99-UD4 Firmware
Page 8:MSI X99S Gaming 7
Page 9:MSI X99S Gaming 7 Software
Page 10:MSI X99S Gaming 7 Firmware
Page 11:How We Tested X99 Motherboards
Page 12:Results: 3DMark, PCMark And Sandra
Page 13:Results: 3D Gaming And Encoding
Page 14:Results: Adobe CC, Productivity And File Compression
Page 15:Results: Power, Heat And Efficiency
Page 16:Results: Overclocking
Page 17:Picking A Mid-Priced X99 Winner
MSI X99S Gaming 7 Firmware
Our CPU reached its approximate 4444 MHz 1.30 V limit at an actual 4446 MHz on the X99X Gaming 7, thanks to a slight rounding difference on the 101 MHz base clock setting.
The X99S Gaming 7’s 1.30 V CPU core setting was detected as such by CPU-Z, and the full-load temperatures produced were very close to that of the other two contenders in today’s comparison.
The X99S Gaming 7 tried to set our DDR4-3000 RAM using the CPU’s 1.25x strap to run 125 MHz with a 24x multiplier. Failing that, we reduced our BCLK to 124 MHz at DDR4-2976.
Everything about the DRAM is adjustable per-channel, including the voltage level. Fortunately, selecting “Link” as the main menu’s “DRAM Timing Mode” allows us to set identical timings for both channels, without manually entering those values twice.
Like some of its competitors, MSI allows custom fan slopes to be configured in firmware. Unlike other competitively-matched features, such as overclocking profile registers, MSI does its fan control a little more stylishly.
MSI even adds “Board Explorer” to show the detected location of each connected device. A mouse-enabled interface, hovering over the highlighted areas reveals more information about devices attached there. This is great for builders who can’t figure out whether or not a component is being detected.
- More, Less Or Just Different?
- ASRock X99 Extreme4
- ASRock X99 Extreme4 Software
- ASRock X99 Extreme4 Firmware
- Gigabyte X99-UD4
- Gigabyte X99-UD4 Software
- Gigabyte X99-UD4 Firmware
- MSI X99S Gaming 7
- MSI X99S Gaming 7 Software
- MSI X99S Gaming 7 Firmware
- How We Tested X99 Motherboards
- Results: 3DMark, PCMark And Sandra
- Results: 3D Gaming And Encoding
- Results: Adobe CC, Productivity And File Compression
- Results: Power, Heat And Efficiency
- Results: Overclocking
- Picking A Mid-Priced X99 Winner