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ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 Review

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ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 Testing:

Testing ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard will involve running it through OCC's test suite of benchmarks, which includes both synthetic benchmarks and real-world applications, to see how each of these products perform. The gaming tests will also consist of both synthetic benchmarks and actual gameplay, in which we can see if similarly prepared setups offer any performance advantages. The system will receive a fully updated, fresh install of Windows 10 64-bit edition, in addition to the latest drivers for each board and NVIDIA drivers for the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition video card. In the past we had locked the clock speed on the processor to eliminate any easily controlled variables due to processor speed. However, there is a difference in how each manufacturer handles the CPU default and boost speeds, creating opportunity for one board to deliver a higher level of performance. This variable is a point of difference between boards. The majority of users will run the stock settings, making this point a valid concern, so we have changed our test methods to capture this point of difference.

Testing Setup: Intel Socket 2011 V-3

 

Comparison Motherboard:

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

 

Much like what I have seen with the rest of the X99-based motherboards I have looked at running with the Core i7 6950X, getting a big number is going to require a few things. First up would be a motherboard with a VRM circuit to handle the current load. Second, you need an exceptional chip from the silicon lottery pool. And third will be an impressive cooling solution to keep from overheating the 10-core / 20 thread beast of a chip that is the Core i7 6950X. When I first had the opportunity to play with the Core i7 6950X, I was a little surprised that 4.3GHz was about all it had to offer. When you look at the base core clock speed of 3.0GHz and the factory boost clock speed of 3.5GHz, 4.3GHz does not seem so bad. That's an increase in clock speed of over 30% for spending some time in the BIOS. Ultimately, 4.3GHz was all I could get out of my Core i7 6950X using the Gigabyte X99-Designare-EX. It's all I could get out of it realistically on the ASUS X99 Sabertooth as well. In that respect, it was what could be had with those two motherboards. The ASUS ROG Strix X99 Gaming upped the ante to 4400MHz, which gets me to the same core clock speed, give or take a few megahertz, with the Rampage V Edition 10. That's the short story in a nutshell.

However, the story is a bit more detailed than that. There are more than a few ways you can overclock with an ROG-based motherboard. Manual tuning is the most time consuming of the options, but ultimately more rewarding when you tune for a max stable everyday overclock or if you are tuning for screenshot stardom. If screenshots are your thing, the Rampage V Edition 10 is the tool to use. You can start by using the auto tuning feature in the CrashFree BIOS by hitting F11 and answering a few questions about the usage scenario and type of cooling you will be using. Once you start the process, the tool reboots the board and boots up to a screen showing the current clock speed and runs its algorithms, bumping the core clock multiplier and voltage up followed by a short stability test. You can let this tool run to failure or chose where you want it to stop.

Using this tool, I was able to hit a full core overclock of 3876MHz. Not bad for pressing a button. Using the 5-Way Optimization tool gave me the same basic overclock again with not much more except answering some questions and setting up a couple parameters related to the type and length of the stability testing. Again, very easy to use. Under the Extreme Tweaker section of the UEFI BIOS are a few Gamer OC presets tailored for either a 10-core, eight-core, or six-core Broadwell-E processor. On top of that, there are a variety of DDR4 DRAM OC profiles from 3100MHz to 3840MHz. The easy, as well as more complex, options are there for you to use.  

Last, but not least, is to manually tune the BIOS to get the most out of your processor and DRAM. I started by using the baseline settings that got me to 4300MHz and 4400MHz on the other X99 refresh boards I have looked at. I set the core clock speed ratio to 42 on all cores with the core voltage set to 1.30v. No surprises here, really. Bumping up the  applied voltage can get you into thermal trouble really quick on a 10-core chip, so moderation is the word of the day. The thermals easily get out of hand, even with a full on custom water cooling solution. The 1.30v was still a bit much for my full on water cooling loop, so much like the settings I pulled out for the Strix X99 Gaming board, I backed it down to an applied 1.27v while leaving the rest of the voltages as they were applied by the UEFI BIOS. The ASUS voltage regulation and all digital Digi+Extreme Engine allow that granular control that is needed to get the most out of this chip with the lowest posible voltage.

Ultimately, getting 4.4 GHz out of a 3.0GHz chip is a rewarding excercise that gives you incredible computing power for a little bit of your time. That would be a stunning 46% overclock! 

 

 

 

 

Maximum Core Clock Speed:

Each CPU has been tested for stability at the listed overclocked speeds. These clock speeds will represent the level of performance shown by the overclocked scores in the testing.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. PCMark 8
  2. SiSoft Sandra 2016
  3. Cinebench R15
  4. HWBOT X.265 Benchmark
  5. AIDA64 5.74
  6. CrystalDiskMark
  7. ATTO
  8. iPerf
  9. Rightmark Audio Analyzer
  • Gaming:
  1. 3DMark
  2. Tom Clancy's The Division
  3. Shadow of Mordor



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