MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic Intel Motherboard Review: Page 8 of 9

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Posted by Damon Bailey on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 8:00am

Overclocking

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We Start out from Stock speeds and settings and attempt to push the CPU and ram as far as we can take it.

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We started out in the BIOS doing it manually as that’s where we are most comfortable. You can do the same thing from MSI’s Command Center from windows, but aggressive overclocking can cause crashing and BSOD, which is hard on a running operating system. We managed to get very close to 4.9Ghz by hand, quite a jump over the stock 3.6Ghz.

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We also managed to push our 3200Mhz ram up to 3466Mhz without too much difficulty.

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We didn’t feel the need to push the ram any harder as it already surpasses most others even at stock XMP speeds, and coupled with our CPU overclock gave us the best Cinebench score we’ve gotten with this CPU to date. Quite a jump from our stock 1741cb score, isn’t it?

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We Fired up Game Boost to check auto overclocking features and were greeted with a warning that using this feature requires GOOD cooling.

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We also got the warning that an overclocked CPU requires lots of power, in this case, something capable of providing at least 20A to the 8-pin EPS connection.

After a reboot, we found that the Game Boost overclocked us to 4.5Ghz, which certainly isn’t bad, but not quite as good as we could do by hand, so we chose to stay with the manual overclock.

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