Cooling NZXT Kraken X62
Motherboard AORUS X299-GAMING 3
Memory 32GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz
Graphics Radeon RX 480 8GB
Storage Kingston HyperX 240GB
PSU Corsair RM 1000 80 Plus Gold Certified PSU
Monitor AOC U2879VF
Capture Device Epiphan AV.iO 4K
Cinebench R15 – CPU/OpenGL Score
x264 HD 4.0 – 1st and 2nd pass encoding
SiSoftware SANDRA – CPU & Memory benchmarks
POV-RAY – CPU benchmarks
TrueCrypt – CPU benchmarks
AIDA64 – CPU benchmarks & Memory
PCMark 8 – Home Suite & Photoshop
3DMark FireStrike – 3D Benchmark
Games – Rise of the Tomb Raider & Total War: WARHAMMER
Temperature Analysis: RealTemp
Stress Testing Software: AIDA64 Stability Test
CPU Specification Monitoring: CPU-Z
Performance Monitoring: MSI Afterburner
Much like previous generations of Intel platforms, the X299/LGA2066 allows us to apply overclocks to unlocked processors easily. Many variables can be adjusted including BCLK and ratios.
As we covered in our review of the Intel Core i7-7740X, the AORUS X299-GAMING 3 managed to achieve the best overclock out of the bunch of X299 motherboards we tested at launch. We were able to modify the clock speed to 5.2GHz with just 1.33v applied to the CPU core voltage which is an outstanding achievement.
Some of the other motherboards we tested weren’t able to climb beyond 5GHz – proving how capable AORUS’ digital power delivery system is over the competition. Going beyond 5.2GHz was possible but temperatures rose past the 90C mark which we regard as “too high”.
For a look at the AORUS BIOS, please check out the next page for a video tour of the interface.