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    ROG Guru: Diamond Belt Array Zka17's Avatar
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    The Wonderful Journey in the world of ROG RealBench

    I recently got my hands on an Asus Maximus V Extreme and a 3770k. Lately I was benching on the RIVE, so I kinda forgot how to tweak the Z77 platform... I have decided that I will start tweaking/re-learning and checking the results with ROG RealBench!

    It proved to be a very exciting experience, so I'm willing to share it...

    The objective was to get as high score as possible in RB, but keep the tweaking as simple as possible - I was curious primarily about this platform's and CPU's performance... more serious tweaking will come later...

    Let's start with the hardware:
    Mobo: Asus Maximus V Extreme - stock cooling
    CPU: Intel Core i7-3770k - it is a used, de-lidded & re-lidded specimen (TIM has been changed in it), watercooled (chiller)
    RAM: GSkill TridentX, 2x4GB, 2600MHz, 10-12-12-31 2T, 1.65V - stock cooling
    SSD: Samsung 830, 128GB - for OS and applications
    HDD: some small laptop platter - for data
    OS: Windows 7 Ultimate - with all the updates installed
    VGA: GeForce Titan - stock cooling (has no importance in this experiment)

    ROG RealBench is the newest version to date: v1.1

    As it can be seen, the only watercooled part is the CPU... it's connected to my chiller and the coolant temp was set to 65F/18.33C, while the room temp was 23C...

    The OS is running in Diagnostic Mode, Realbench.exe's priority is set to Realtime and explorer.exe is turned off... after each set of runs, restarted the system...

    1. After setting up the system and installing all the updates, I run my first RealBench test... just to set a baseline...
    At this point everything was on BIOS defaults - got a system score of 570

    2. The first tweak was to choose the XMP settings form Ai Tuner: 2400MHz/10-12-12-31 2T - score went up to 645

    3. just to have the sensation that I'm controlling the tweaking, I set the memories at their XMP spec manually... and set the CPU to 3.9GHz (39x100)... I started to run two tests one after another - got a max score of 646

    4. Then I switched the memories from 2T to 1T - just a little bit of increase in scores: 648

    5. Then I have started to push the CPU, basically by only increasing the multi... but before, I disabled the CPU Spread Spectrum, Execute Disabled Bit and all C-States... CPU at 4GHz (40x100) - score 662

    6. Just continued increasing the multi... CPU at 4.2GHz - score 690

    7. CPU at 4.4GHz - score 719

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    8. CPU at 4.6GHz - score 746

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    9. And CPU at 4.8GHz - score 770

    Please, note that I haven't changed anything else in BIOS beside of those mentioned above...
    However, the next step, moving to 5GHz started to present some trouble:

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    The system booted up fine, even the AIDA64 stress-testing was going on well... - only the RealBench was not happy...

    10. So, I took some extra measures... enabled the Internal PLL Overvoltage, set LLC to Ultra HIgh and disabled VRM Sread Spectrum... also, started to push the Vcore manually..
    . at 1.520V finally got a result with CPU at 5.0GHz - score 796

    11. Got very excited and applied an another tweak: reduced the screen resolution to 1024x768... had to push the Vcore a little bit more (to 1.530) - and finally passed the 800 mark with a 4-core CPU! 5.0GHz - score 809

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    12. Then followed a long period of trial and - mostly errors - while I was pushing the Vcore further for 5.1GHz... when I passed 1.6V, I actually set the coolant temp to 60F/15.5C, just to stay on the safe side... also, enabled the Xtreme Tweaking (not sure if this one helped) and set the LLC to Extreme... I was running AIDA64 in background to monitor the temps... when I got to 1.66V, finally passed with CPU at 5.1GHz - score 805

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    Temps reached 80C during the second test!

    13. And finally I reset the screen to the lower resolution... CPU at 5.1GHz - score 821

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    Here is the summary of my journey:

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    And a chart with the evolution of the scores:

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    I'm showing the each score from both of the runs, so it can be seen that it is a big difference running RealBench for the second time! Also, check how much improvement brings if you set the screen resolution lower!

    One more thing... you also can see how the Vcore got increased... - please, monitor your temps while tweaking!!! The role of this thread is to show some basic tweaks (maybe, letar on some more detailed ones too) and not suggesting that your CPU can do the same clocks at the same voltage! Your CPU can be actually better, needing less voltage... or can be worse... - don't forget that I used a chiller for cooling...

    So, that's it for now... hope you will enjoy it...
    Last edited by Zka17; 07-27-2013 at 03:03 AM.

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    imMortal Kombatant Array Myk SilentShadow PC Specs
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    WOW!!! that's impressive Z!!! now, were you testing all the time in Diagnostic mode, or just standard Win7 Boot?

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    ROG Guru: Diamond Belt Array Zka17's Avatar
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    All the time in Diagnostic Mode!
    You just set the Realtime and turn off explorer.exe after each restart of the system, then after RB finished you can turn back explorer.exe and save your results

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    imMortal Kombatant Array Myk SilentShadow PC Specs
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    Awesome thanks!!! I never knew dropping the screen resolution would have any impact, so thanks for the tip!!! i'm getting a bit toey, I hate looking at my poor RIVF, 3820 and Pi RAM and i'm unable to play with them...no CPU cooler lol

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    ROG Guru: Diamond Belt Array Zka17's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myk SilentShadow View Post
    i'm unable to play with them...no CPU cooler lol
    Man, just get some kind of air-cooler and fire up that system! Start familiarizing with the BIOS...

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    imMortal Kombatant Array Myk SilentShadow PC Specs
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    Memory (part number)8GB Corsair XMS3 1600
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    Storage #1Corsair Neutron 128GB
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zka17 View Post
    Man, just get some kind of air-cooler and fire up that system! Start familiarizing with the BIOS...
    i'm flat broke right now mate, I can't even afford a low end air cooler lmao. I got paid 2 days ago and i'm broke, it's just gonna have to wait, my car is over-due for it's 6 monthly service.

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    ROG 師傅 Array Arne Saknussemm PC Specs
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    Nice post and info Zka17!

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    Z that's why you are a VIP member of this place! That's amazing. I keep notes mate but you are to a level by yourself. Again congratulations, for the score but also to your effort to make this thread and share all these with all the ROGERS.

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    ROG Guru: Blue Belt Array ganji PC Specs
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    Nice post Zka17, it will come in usefull for a lot of folk.

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    Awesome Z.. Its always a learning when u guys are around.. +++ for the share.. Thanks Nodens for the awesome work on the bench.. Zolt mate, there is so much learning to do.. Its really awesome..
    CPU: Intel i5 3570k OC'd to 4.6GHz @1.170V; Mobo: MVG; GPU: Zotac 1070 mini OC'd to +210MHz/+205MHz; Memory: 8GB (2X4GB dual channel) Corsair Vengeance 1333Mhz 9-10-9-T2; SSD: Samsung 840 pro; HDD: 1TB WD Green 6Gbps; PSU: Corsair GS 600w; Case: Bitfenix Merc Alpha:Hybrid Octane in progress; Cooler: Corsair H80 closed loop cooling @ high profile;

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