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Review: ASRock X99E-ITX/ac

by Tarinder Sandhu on 19 May 2015, 17:01

Tags: AsRock, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Testing Methodology

Comparison Motherboard Configurations

Asus X99 Sabertooth TUF
Asus X99-A
ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer
ASRock X99E-ITX/ac
Chipset Revision
Intel X99 (Intel driver)
Intel Core i7-5960X
Corsair Vengeance LPX 2800 16GB DDR4 (4 x 4GB)
Memory Timings
15-15-15-36-2T @ 2,133MHz
Discrete Graphics
EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti (340.52 drivers)
System Drive
Crucial MX100 (512GB)
Corsair Graphite 600T
Power Supply
Corsair AX760i
Operating System
Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

CPU and Memory Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
Cinebench R15 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
Handbrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores (64-bit)

Gaming Benchmarks

BioShock Infinite DX11, 1,920x1,080, ultra quality
Batman: Arkham Origins DX11, 1,920x1,080, enhanced quality
Total War: Rome II DX11, 1,920x1,080, ultra quality

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Overclocking and Power Maximum CPU and memory frequencies, plus power consumption when gaming


We've historically had a large number of benchmarks detailing performance between chipsets. Due to the levels of integration in the processor practically all modern motherboards benchmark at the same levels, give or take a per cent or two, so 15 graphs showing near-identical performance isn't what you (or we) want to see.

We're running nine benchmarks - three CPU, three gaming, three storage - to see if the boards perform at the expected levels. This is more of a sanity check than anything else. It will be interesting to see how the two-DIMM board holds up against the Micro-ATX Fatal1ty Killer, also from ASRock.