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ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard Performance Review
|Product:||ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard|
|Date:||Fri, Nov 12, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Dan Stoltz -|
Overclocking the ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard
Overclocking greatly varies due to what hardware is being used and who is doing the overclocking. Always remember that no two pieces of hardware will perform the same, so our results will differ from what you might be able to get.
With stock BIOS settings, the Intel Core I7 950 processor runs with a 133MHz bus speed (base clock) and an x23.0 multiplier and x24 multiplier with turbo enabled that is used to reach the final core clock of 3.2GHz when all the cores are at full load. This is going to be the first time out the gate with the Intel Core I7 950 but I have high hopes for this combination of hardware.
I started out increasing the bus speed and leaving everything on auto which was working great. I was running into some heat issues this way, though. I changed up my tactics and manually set the processor voltage at 1.2 Volts and continued to increase the bus speed. I was able to reach a rock solid 4GHz+ oc without any additional processor voltage from the ASUS Sabertooth X58.
Once we started experiencing instability just past the 4.045GHz mark with no voltage, we started to increase the voltage. Though as good as the Titan Fenrir is, it is still only an air cooler. At 1.2625 Volts we started pushing the thermal limits of our Intel Core I7 950 with temperatures as high as 95 degrees Celsius while running Prime95 to check our stability. We were able to hit a solid 4.254GHz overclock on air! This is a great overclock on air cooling with a board that is priced as budget friendly as the $199.99 ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard is!
Once we had achieved a stable overclock we wanted to see what kind of performance increase we would see. Firing up Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage we were able to see an overall improvement of only 1171 3DMarks. This tells me that we are becoming GPU limited on our test system. Impressively though, we gained nearly 5000 3DMarks on the CPU score with our final overclock.
Next Page - Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Page 1 - ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard Performance Review
Page 2 - ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard Retail Packaging and Bundle
Page 3 - A Closer Look at the ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard
Page 4 - The ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard BIOS
Page 5 - The Legit Reviews Test System
Page 6 - PCMark Vantage Synthetic Benchmark
Page 7 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 8 - SiSoft Sandra 2010 Memory Bandwidth
Page 9 - USB3 Performance Testing
Page 10 - SATA6 Performance Testing
Page 11 - Network Throughput
Page 12 - Rightmark Audio Analyzer
Page 13 - Aliens Vs. Predator Benchmark v1.03
Page 14 - System Power Consumption
Page 15 - Overclocking the ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard
Page 16 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion