Gigabyte Z270X-Designare Motherboard Review: Page 9 of 10
Posted by Heath Coop on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 8:00am
Overclocking – BIOS
The Z270X-Designare BIOS offers simple CPU overclocking. Just select the clock speed and you’re done.
The BIOS automatically overclocked the CPU to 5 GHz (50 x 10 MHz). Voltage was rather reasonable.
Overclocking - Software
Gigabyte’ own EasyTune took care of the overclocking duties here via its AutoTuning program. There are no real options to choose from, just click the button and let the program to its work.
AutoTuning automatically overclocked our Core i7 7700K to 4.8GHz (48 x 100 MHz ). This was a bit less than we expected, especially with a 5 GHz option available via the BIOS.
Overclocking - Manual
Once the default settings were in, it was now time to see how high I could push the CPU with our water cooling system and have it still be 100% stable. All cores and Hyperthreading were still enabled. The memory was left at XMP default, the Line Load Calibration was changed from setting 1 to setting 7, EZ System Tuning (system power consumption profile) was set to Performance, and the fans were set to maximum.
We managed to squeeze 5.2 GHz out of our Core i7 7700K with the Z270X-Designare. The voltage is a bit hagher than most would feel comfort ale with at 1.456v, but this wasn’t unexpected.
Out of the 3 solutions, manual overclocking wins, but only if you’re adept at overclocking and you want to achieve the highest results. Simply selecting the appropriate frequency via the BIOS is probably the best solution for most users. It’s easy and fairly foolproof. AutoTuning via EasyTune was less than impressive. It’s easy enough, but didn’t yield the results we expected.