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
ASRock X99 Extreme4 Software
ASRock’s A-Tuning software includes a few basic modes that can save you about a watt (Power Saving) or keep Turbo Boost “on” more often (Performance mode), plus advanced modes with factory-programmed overclock settings and auto-tuned overclock settings.
Programed overclocks include 4 GHz at 1.15 V (292 W full-system in our CPU load test), 4.2 GHz at 1.17 V (315 W), 4.4 GHz at 1.25 V (384 W), and 4.5 GHz at 1.30 V (crashing at around 430 W system power).
The auto-tuning method found a supposedly-stable 4.3 GHz at 1.1 V, but I managed to crash it with an AVX-optimized run of Prime95.
A-Tuning’s Tools menu includes submenus for most of the board’s included software, such as XFast RAM (RAM disk), XFast LAN packet prioritization, FAN-Tastic Tuning, and USB Key security.
OC Tweaker gives users access to firmware-level clock and voltage controls from Windows. Our small changes worked, and were instantly recognized by CPU-Z.
A-Tuning’s System Info menu shows all of the clock, thermal, and voltage levels that we care about when overclocking, also providing quick access to a visual representation of installed parts that can help troubleshoot if something isn’t connected properly. Unfortunately, the visual map did not identify our memory modules.
Seen in A-Tuning, ASRock X-Fast LAN is an interface for cFos’ prioritization software. X99 Extreme4 software also includes the original version of that interface.
- 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