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
Gigabyte X99-UD4 Software
Gigabyte’s OC Tuner continues to provide users with a wide range of Windows-based overclocking functions that are also reflected in firmware. Some changes, such as DRAM multiplier, still require a reboot in order to take effect through firmware, but base clock, CPU multiplier, and voltage levels are all ready-to-go.
Manufacturer-configured overclocks for Intel’s Core i7-5960X include 3.70 GHz at 1.10 V, 3.90 GHz at 1.15 V, and 4.10 GHz at 1.20 V. These settings appear almost ideal for our CPU, as its Auto Tuning app also finds a stable maximum of 4.10 GHz at 1.20 V. We’re not certain how accurate the term Extreme is though, since we feel safe up to 1.30 V CPU core.
Apart from the DRAM configuration that required a reboot, manual settings we tried were quickly reflected in CPU-Z.
Gigabyte’s Cloud Station includes a server application that lets you access system settings from an iOS or Android device.
Cloud Station’s remotely-controlled menus can also be accessed from the desktop via Cloud Station Client. These settings include remote overclocking, monitoring, and management.
Besides monitoring, Gigabyte System Information Viewer also includes a few settings, such as fan slope.
Vintage apps like “Smart Recovery 2” and “USB Blocker” remain, but we were also surprised to find a universal graphics overclocking tool among the X99-UD4’s applications.
Gigabyte Smart Switch adds a traditional start menu to desktop mode.
- 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