Overclocking - Auto and Manual
With the i7 980X running at its stock speed of 3.33GHz you simply open up the ASUS Turbo EVO section of the ASUS A1 Suite II and then start the system. As you can see with a single click of the “Start” button and within a couple minutes the P6X58-E Pro is humming along at 4140MHz. This is a simple feature for even the most novice user to achieve a respectable and stable OC.
After pressing the Start button the system starts performance tuning and may reboot a couple times. Do not restart or operate the computer on your own while the system is doing its tuning process.
This auto tuning performance will vary by the installed devices such as CPU and RAM. This auto tuning is accomplished under stress testing which is all done automatically and it is highly recommend that you have some level of advanced cooling be it a big air cooler of your choice or liquid cooling since the overclock with mean higher voltages which means higher temps.
OK, so after a couple of minutes of auto tuning this is the OC that I am presented with:
So, let’s see if this Auto Tuning OC is stable under a 10x run of LinX.
Here are the validation screens under CPU-Z: Here in sunny California the temp today is a mere 103°F and with the air set for 74° the room temperature with 3 high end systems running in the office is holding at 85° so the temps while running these test were respectful in my opinion anyways.
Not bad for not having to go into the BIOS and start tweaking our settings. Let’s take a few minutes and do some manual overclocking next…..
BIOS Based Overclocking
OK, so you are still craving for a higher OC are you?
As I mentioned in the BIOS section of this review the P6X58-E Pro motherboard’s A1 Tweaker section of the BIOS provides a very extensive set of options for tweaking the system for some impressive Overclocking and performance gains. This can be daunting to some depending on your experience and enthusiasm but with practice and patience your efforts will prove to be very rewarding.
Using a Koolance CPU-370 CPU water block, a Swiftech 240 radiator, 12 GB (3 x 4GB) of Corsair Vengeance DDR3 2000Hz memory, and an Intel LGA1366 i7-980X processor, I was able to get the board stable at a 152.92MHz bus speed.With this base clock setting enforced, the CPU ran at a 4.7GHz speed with the memory coming in at 458.7MHz. For these speeds, I used the listed settings:6-6-6-18-1T memory timing settings, CPU ratio of 31, 1.5V memory voltage, 1.4000V CPU voltage, 1.80V CPU PLL voltage, 1.3V QPI voltage, 1.096 IOH voltages, ICH voltage and ICH PCI voltage set at Auto. With the Digi+VRM setting for Duty Control set at T.Probe and Phase Control set on Extreme.
Here in sunny California the temp today is a mere 103°F and with the air set for 74° the room temperature with 3 high end systems running in the office is holding at 85° so the temps while running these test were respectful in my opinion anyways.
My adventures at overclocking the P6X58-E Pro with the i7 980X was a quick and easy task; should you have an i7 900 series chip that is not the extreme edition you will still find the overclocking features of this board more than adequate I am sure.
OK, forget that, we know we are all going to continue to milk it for all she’s worth, that’s the fun part for sure.
Well, there you have it, this wraps up my review of the P6X58-E Pro motherboard. Now we will to try to summarize my findings which is going to be difficult because we have so many notes to go over that is overwhelming filled with positives.