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ASRock X299 Gaming i9

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Like any other platform, ASRock has given Intel's X299 the Fatal1ty treatment, in the form of the X299 Gaming i9. This isn't a value-oriented board product; this one comes straight out of ASRock's Professional Series and has a much higher price tag than the Taichi we looked at earlier.

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cadaveca

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"Ready for overclocking every little last bit of your fancy HEDT Socket 2066 CPU"
I would go ahead and wouldn't suggest it with 10+ core CPUs and advanced cooling on a single 8PIN
It's fine with an AIO, especially one like the Cryorig A80. The digital VRM that ASRock uses is pretty awesome. Yeah, 8-pin has a limit just under 400W, but you'll be overheating the CPU before you reach that anyway, so the weakness is... not the board. I do also mean for 24/7 use, not benchmarking. ;)
 
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Since no reviewers give a damn and you happen to have an x299 system:

Can you do a review of Skylake X using 3200Mhz Mesh overclocking and low latency RAM to see how it affects gaming? And by low latency, I mean AIDA64 memory test with sub 55ns latency. Hardware Unboxed tried to do this but he didn't tweak his RAM to achieve lower latency and he's pretty much anti-Intel.

Basically it is to confirm this guy's finding:
https://www.reddit.com/r/intel/comments/6v9v0n/to_test_just_how_much_memory_latency_affects/

With fast RAM clockspeed and 300 trfc, he has below 50ns latency and it theoritically puts in onpar with Kaby Lake in gaming. Fixing the drawbacks of mesh design?
 
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Yeah, I'll take a look; have been investigating this myself, but pushing up the cache speeds to 3200 MHz is hard for some of these CPUs. I am not sure that mine will even go that high with reasonable voltages; even getting 3000 is difficult, which a big change from my 6950X.


Also, getting under 55 ns is pretty hard as well, even @ 4000 MHz. Yeah, you can tweak secondaries and tertiary timings a bit, but it is also difficult to then manage the hard faults that will occur.

I do have some very capable ram, still tweaking it to find the best I can, and then I'll go more in-depth on 3D testing.

Reviews is a hobby for me though, so I only have so much time for doing stuff like this, while also having reviews to do, and, well, life with 4 kids. :p Kids are back to school just today, so I'll have more time during the day in the weeks coming before I gotta get back to "work", and one of the things I would like to do is investigate this exact thing. I am also interested in if it scales with CPU speed, or where the "bottleneck" might be best "optimized"

A screenshot for you:



daily ram clock, 2700 NB (so clearly I have capable ram):
 
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Hey @cadaveca , sick review as always man.

Have you taken a look at this post on reddit? https://imgur.com/a/XU6na

I'd love to tinkle with the 7900x, been having the CPU for 1 month and my rampage 6 is nowhere to been seen grrrr
 
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TechPowerUp needs to get a 10GBase-T switch to test that built in Aquantia solution...that's what I wanted to see...I have a 10GBase-T network at home, so I would imagine this site has the means to do so...
 

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TechPowerUp needs to get a 10GBase-T switch to test that built in Aquantia solution...that's what I wanted to see...I have a 10GBase-T network at home, so I would imagine this site has the means to do so...
I can put in some work to get this stuff, ASRock actually proposed such a review of 10G stuff directly, but I do have my hands full ATM, will definitely be moving in that direction for sure though. I think I might have a couple of boards with 10G LAN adapters right now, but I do need a switch.
 
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