MSI X99A XPOWER AC USB 3.1 Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

MSI X99A XPOWER AC USB 3.1 Review

Test Setup

MSI X99A MPOWER AC USB 3.1
Intel Core i7-5960X
nVidia GTX780Ti
Corsair LPX 2800 DDR4
Corsair AX760i
Sandisk Extreme Pro SSD
Corsair H105
Custom Corsair 540 Air
Windows 7 x64

Overclocking

Such is the newness of the X99A that we were still receiving BIOS updates in the middle of our review time. We normally manage to achieve 4.5GHz from our i7-5960X @ 1.3v, and the X99A only squeezed up to just shy of 4.4GHz with the memory at 3000MHz. It's possible to gain a higher overclock on the CPU but not with the memory at these speeds. The 3000MHz memory worked first time with the CPU at stock, which is rarer than you might think, so our overclock test speeds are a compromise between getting the best possible DDR4 performance whilst retaining a decent speed from our CPU. Just to be 100% clear our board shipped with the '10' BIOS and this worked out to be the best for our stock results. We were asked to try the latest 15 BIOS and although this did allow our highest stable overclock the score it produced at time were lower than stock. Normally this would mean we had pushed things too far but reducing the overclock reduced the scores further proving that it was 100% stable and that this is just very poorly optimised as you will see in the upcoming pages. There is a new BIOS due to be released to the public which should make a huge difference but due to our short time window with the board in the office we could not do a whole new batch of tests.

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Most Recent Comments

12-05-2015, 12:09:34

hoxlund
i absolutly love my x99a xpower ac motherboard

now about this 15 bios? care to share? im running their A.1

id love to try it out on mineQuote

04-06-2015, 07:28:10

MSIRawZ
Quote:
Originally Posted by hoxlund View Post
i absolutly love my x99a xpower ac motherboard

now about this 15 bios? care to share? im running their A.1

id love to try it out on mine
See here: http://forum.hwbot.org/showthread.php?t=133282Quote

04-06-2015, 07:49:23

Dicehunter
Could someone please educate me on this.

On the Rampage 5 in Tomb Raider you get 92FPS and on the XPower you get 101FPS, Does this have to do with bandwidth or more lanes via an add-in chip or something along those lines ?Quote

04-06-2015, 16:17:42

hoxlund
both boards have dual full x16 pci-e slots. so shouldn't come into play. as long as your using a full 40 pci-e lane cpu, ie not the 5820k cpuQuote

04-06-2015, 16:32:44

MSIRawZ
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Could someone please educate me on this.

On the Rampage 5 in Tomb Raider you get 92FPS and on the XPower you get 101FPS, Does this have to do with bandwidth or more lanes via an add-in chip or something along those lines ?
BIOS can play a huge part. Many FAE teams from all vendors spend time optimising it better for applications like 3DMark, Cinebench and even popular games. As motherboards mature over time from launch the performance improves thanks to BIOS updates that may also improve OC ability too.Quote
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