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
Results: 3DMark, PCMark And Sandra
Since this CPU has already been separately reviewed, today’s test looks for performance differences attributable to minor variations in memory timing and power controls unique to each motherboard. Covert overclocking would be the only reason for a major performance increase, and misconfiguration the only reason for a major decrease, so no news is good news for all three manufacturers.
Futuremark’s 3DMark shows the expected level of performance consistency.
I had minor trouble running PCMark (this was prior to a patch addressing issues with X99-based platforms), yet the most important storage score remains consistent between all three contenders. Minor storage performance differences between this configuration and previous Z97 tests are attributable to my use of an older-model SSD, where the newer SSD is being used to test more Z97 motherboards.
Covert overclocking and/or incidental underclocking (due to mismanaged power settings) are most easily found in Sandra’s CPU tests. Fortunately, we find no issues here.
The X99-UD4 falls noticeably behind in Sandra's Memory Bandwidth module. Some manufacturers use slower tertiary timings to allow added stability, so we’ll see how that works for Gigabyte in our overclocking tests.
- 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