CPU Heatsink & Memory Installation
Heatsinks used are as follows:
Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B 3 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler
Fan Dimensions -- 100 L x 100 W x 12 H mm
Heatsink Dimensions -- 105 L x 116 W x 64 H mm
Thermalright MUX-120 Heatpipe CPU Cooler
Heatsink Dimensions -- 133 L x 58 W x 160 H mm
Fan Dimensions -- 120 L x 120 W x 25 H mm
I used a Scythe Shuriken for this shot, to show a low profile cooler being used in order to allow you to see that if using larger memory modules there may be an issue. You may have fitment issues with the first or possibly even the second memory slot, depending on what memory and cooler you are thinking of using.
This shows normal installation and fan placement on a Thermalright MUX, I have not used a Thermalright Extreme (TRUE) or other variants, but I assume that they have a similar fan placement. In the normal fan position larger memory modules may cause issues or be pushing against the fan if using a fan on the memory side of the heatsink. It could also cause memory installation issues depending on the order you install everything, however, as you will see below with most of the tower type CPU coolers like this you can adjust the fan's placement.
By simply adjusting the memory side fan on this cooler, to be slightly raised from normal position, allows for much taller memory modules to be used without an issue. You will be able to remove and re-install memory with your fan adjusted in this position without any problems.
Memory Color Appearance Against New Black Matte PCB
This first image shows the Mushkin Radioactive memory kit used for this review, it matches well with the black PCB. You can see that the black Ridgebacks look good as well.
Blue or red memory heatsinks on your memory? Well then, yes, they will look great installed on this board and will match up very nicely with the black PCB. The blue would match more uniformly than the red, of course.
Quick Glance @ BIOS:
As you can see, GIGABYTE's BIOS offers a quick and easy way to check the current status of your CPU and memory, the information also notes each core's turbo status. The BIOS version along with CPU and memory frequency & total size are shown as well. The current CPU temperature is shown, as is the current Vcore and Dram voltage.
This is the main overclock section of the BIOS, allowing you to adjust the CPU multiplier or FSB speed, and giving the options to set the memory speed or enable XMP settings. GIGABYTE now also has per core CPU multiplier adjustments in the advanced CPU core settings section, along with enabling or disabling real time multiplier changes in the OS. Internal CPU PLL adjustment setting allowing higher CPU multiplier is currently only available in Beta BIOSes.
Here you can see GIGABYTE offers MANY advanced memory timings that can be manually adjusted. There are several other advanced memory timings are available as well, however, they are not shown in these images. This board offers 3 Load-Line Calibration settings (Auto, Disabled, or enabled), not as many choices as the top tier boards but at least you still have some control on vdroop. In the Advanced Voltage section you can adjust the Vcore, QPI/Vtt, System Agent Voltage, PCH voltage, CPU PLL, memory voltage along with several memory voltage sub options.
Vcore voltage is adjustable in the following manner: 0.75V - 1.7V @ 0.005V increments *
QPI/Vtt voltage (VCCIO) is adjustable in the following manner: 0.80V - 1.7V @ 0.020V increments *
System Agent (VCCSA) voltage is adjustable in the following manner: 0.655V - 1.305V @ 0.010V increments *
Dram (Memory) voltage is adjustable in the following manner: 0.90V - 2.60V @ 0.020 increments (Skipping 1.52 + 1.54, possible BIOS bug?)
* Increments may vary between CPU models, I know ES and Retail vary on this board, and I have seen 1366 CPU's that vary between models as well.
Programs used for testing:
Futuremark 3dmark 06 Professional v. 1.2.0
Futuremark - Benchmarks - 3DMark06 - DownloadOriginally Posted by Futuremark
Futuremark 3DMark Vantage Professional v. 1.0.1
Futuremark - Benchmarks - 3DMark Vantage - DownloadOriginally Posted by Futuremark
Futuremark 3DMark 11 Professional v. 1.0.1
Futuremark - Benchmarks - 3DMark 11Originally Posted by Futuremark
Fritz Chess Benchmark V. 4.3 (From Deep Fritz 12)
This benchmark runs an internal chess based test on your system and give you values for the speed relative to a benchmark processor (P3, 1.0 GHz) and the average nodes-per-second count which you can compare these values for different hardware configurations.
Fritz ChessBase - Chess Benchmarking
Geekbench V. 2.1.12 x86
Primatelabs - GeekbenchOriginally Posted by Geekbench
Super PI Mod XS 1.5V
SuperPI is a quick reference benchmark test often used when overclocking or comparing different hardware configurations.
Wikipedia - Super PIOriginally Posted by Wiki
Super PI Mod XS 1.5 Download - Techpowerup
wPrime V. 1.55
wPrime Download - wPrime.netOriginally Posted by wPrime.net
AIDA64 v1.50.1236 Beta
Previously known as Everest Ultimate, this also is a great program, and everyone should have a copy. It is not so much a testing tool for our purposes, but it provides multiple stability tests, various bandwidth test, and in-depth system hardware information. For this review it will only be used to provide simple bandwidth and latency test results at each frequency.
AIDA64 | PC Benchmark | System Diagnostics | Network Inventory
ATTO V. 2.34
ATTO has been a major disk testing utility for many users, for quite some time, offering the ability to test performance using various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. It also offers several options to customize your benchmark testing including queue depth, overlapped I/O, a comparison mode and the option to run the test continuously.
This benchmark will be used to test SSD and USB performance.
ATTO Disk Benchmark Download - ATTOtech.com
CrystalDiskMark V. 3.0.0f
CrystalDiskMark is another staple in the disk benchmarking world, offering measurement of sequential read and writes speeds, random 512KB, 4KB, 4KB (Queue Depth=32). Users may also select the method of how data is tested, random, 0Fill, or 1Fill - in the testing done for this review only the default testing method was used - Random Data.
This benchmark will be used to test SSD and USB performance.
CrystalDiskMark Download - Crystalmark.com
AS SSD Benchmark V. 1.5.3784.37609
AS SSD benchmark is the latest and most commonly accepted SSD testing program, it determines the performance of solid state drives (SSD) based on many factors. The tool contains five synthetic as well as three practical copy tests (ISO, Program, Games).
AS SSD Solid State Disk Benchmark Download - Alex-is DOT de
This tests and measures (In GFlops) your CPU and memory floating point computing power using Intel's LinPack Binaries with linear algebra. Many users consider this program to be a standard of stability, however, often you may see my advice against the use of it in long or large period runs. This program is very hard on systems, and may overheat the CPU, or push it into extremes it would not otherwise see, and can cause unintended permanent damage or degradation. My advice on this program is to use it sparingly, as you will see I only use 10x passes for this review and only at lower CPU frequencies. There are other less harmful ways to test for stability such as Prime95 and HCI Memtest.
The updated Linpack binaries linked below can be used to update LinX to utilize the latest Intel Linpack instruction sets, including the new AVX instruction set introduced with Sandy Bridge processors.
LinX - A simple Linpack interface - XtremeSystems Forums
Intel® Math Kernel Library