Asus ROG Crosshair VI Hero Motherboard Review: Page 9 of 10
Posted by Paul Malfy on Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:00am
We’ve recently changed how we test overclocking performance. With newer BIOS and software becoming increasingly more capable of doing overclocking, it seems pertinent to also include those results.
Overclocking - Software
Asus Ai Suite 3 software took care of the overclocking duties here via its 5-Way Optimization program. There are a few selections when deciding how aggressive the user wants the overclock to be. I chose the most aggressive of all the selections. An option of per core aka Turbo or All Core is available. I choose per core to see how high a single or dual core clock could go.
5-Way Optimization automatically overclocked the CPU to 3.974 GHz (39.75x100 MHz) for all four cores.
Overclocking - Manual
I started out configuring the Ryzen 7 1800X at its default settings with the BIOS. 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 SMT were still enabled. The memory was left at default.
I managed to squeeze 4.25GHz out of it with the ROG Crosshair VI Hero. The voltage was rather reasonable at 1.395v. Interestingly, the settings I used were identical for what Ai Suite 3’s 5-Way Optimization used, including the voltage.
Out of the two solutions, manual overclocking wins, but only if you’re adept at overclocking and you want to achieve the highest results. The Ai Suite 3’s 5-Way Optimization would be my last choice. It did a fine job, but didn’t quite achieve near the same overclock as manual overclocking did and the voltage peaked as high as 1.593.