This wasn’t a totally new build as we simply migrated our Windows 8.1 system, switched off our ASRock X99 OC Formula for the Extreme11, installing the Intel Core i7-5960x chip, rebooted and we were off to the races. Initial testing once again displayed lower storage benchmarks than we were happy with so we spent the weekend re-building and optimizing this Test Bench one tweak at a time, following our SSD Optimization Guide of course! Very impressive was the fact that, as we were still relying on our Intel P3700 NVMe SSD for our boot drive, it was recognized immediately and this fresh OS was probably the fastest and easiest to date.
This is a brand new test bench and, as such, we would love to thank those who jumped in specifically to help the cause. Key contributors to this build are our friends at ASRock, Corsair, Kingston with components from past contributors to include In-Win, EVGA, beQuiet, HGST , Samsung, and QNIX. We have detailed all components in the table below and they are all linked should you wish to make a duplicate our system as so many seem to do, or check out the price of any soul component. As always, we appreciate your support in any purchase though our links!
This Test Bench build was the result of some great relationships and purchase; our appreciation goes to the below mentioned manufacturers for their support in our project. Our choice of components is very narrow, in that, we choose only what we believe to be among the best available and links are provided to each that will assist in hardware pricing and availability, should the reader be interested in purchase.
|PC CHASSIS:||InWin D-Frame Open Air Chassis|
|MOTHERBOARD:||ASRock X99 Extreme11 Socket LGA 2011-3|
|CPU:||Intel Haswell-E Core i7 5960X|
|CPU COOLER:||Corsair Hydro Series H105 Extreme Water Cooled
|POWER SUPPLY:||be quiet Dark Power Pro 10 1000W PSU|
|SYSTEM COOLING:||be quiet Silent Wings 2 PC Fans|
|GRAPHICS CARD:||EVGA GTX 770 Superclocked with ACX Cooler|
|MEMORY:||Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4|
|KEYBOARD:||Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard|
|MOUSE:||Corsair Vengeance M95 MMO/RTS Laser Mouse|
|MONITOR:||QNIX 27″ QX2710 2560×1440
|SYSTEM SSD||INTEL P3700 800GB NVME SSD|
UNDERSTANDING THE X99
If there is something we have learned about the X99 chipset, it is that it can be finicky. We have been fortunate to overclock comfortably at 4.5Ghz and also push our DDR4 memory to 2666MHz, but things differ from board to board, and especially when you start pushing storage. For example, we easily set the CPU at 4.5Ghz and memory at 2666MHz with the OC Formula, but the Extreme11 took a bit more work to get them settled, and then that went to pot when we threw in the NVMe card, 8 SAS drives, 2x M.2 and a few notebook SSDs. Unlike the Z97 chipset, and Z87 before it, the X99 seems to want you to pick your strength. Do you want to OC the CPU or memory?
Overclocking to 4.5Ghz, however, was a piece of cake. Simply enter the UEFI, enter ‘Load Optimized CPU Settings’, click on Turbo 4.5Ghz and reboot. We might suggest not trying this without great CPU cooling such as that of the Corsair Hydro Series 105 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler that we use. Once our overclocking was set, we took a crack at the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and were able to reach 2284 points.
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