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ASUS X99-A Intel Motherboard Review

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Performance Testing Results

For these tests I ran the following benchmark programs:

  • AIDA64 v4.60.3100
  • CINEBENCH 11.5
  • x264HD 5.0

The first number in each chart is the stock score of the ASUS X99-DELUXE motherboard, followed by the stock score of the X99-A motherboard, then the overclocking results from the TPU II switch and the DIP 5 auto-overclocking. Normally I would also include the scores from my manual overclocking settings, but there’s no point here since the DIP 5 settings are the same!

Let’s start with a good synthetic test like AIDA64. As usual I’ll be doing Queen, Photoworx, ZLIB, and Hash benchmarks.

aida64

The first thing you’ll notice is that the stock scores are virtually identical between the ASUS X99-A and the significantly more expensive X99-DELUXE. You’ll see this repeated throughout the remainder of these benchmarks.

With the Queen test, we see a nice scaling with CPU frequency, as expected.

Photoworxx is relatively insensitive to CPU speed, but really likes memory bandwidth, so the TPU II setting posts the highest score here. It’s hundreds of megaHertz slower than the DIP 5 settings, but it’s running the Corsair memory’s XMP profile, which boosts the memory speed from 2,133MHz to 2,666MHz.

aida64_zlib_hash

Next are the ZLIB and Hash benchmarks, all of which scale nicely with CPU frequency. Let’s take a look at CINEBENCH next…

cinebench_single

Again, nice scaling directly with CPU speed.

cinebench_multi

The multi-core test shows the same scaling with CPU frequency. Last, let’s run the x264HD transcoding benchmark:

x64hd_run1_run2

Again, very nice scaling with CPU frequency. One thing to take away from these tests is how close the TPU II and DIP 5 results are. Granted, the DIP 5 is slightly faster, and it optimizes other aspects of the system, but it does take some time to run and the process can be intimidating to the uninitiated (since the overclocking invariably ends with a system lockup or crash before reverting to the last working settings). Flipping the TPU switch to the “II” position gets you about 85%-90% of the performance for virtually zero time and effort.

Join me in the next section as I lay out my final thoughts on this motherboard.


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