ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390 Motherboard Review: Page 9 of 11

Posted by Damon Bailey on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 8:00am

Overclocking

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Intel’s Core i9-9900K already will boost to 5.0 GHz on lightly threaded loads, but heavy loads on all cores will run a little lower. Let us see if we can get a little more out of it.

ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390

One of the first things we try is using ASUS’s own tools to automatically overclock the system. In this case, it’s the new Ai Overclock. Turning it on gives us all core speeds of 4.7Ghz and 5.0Ghz for light loads.

ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390

This really doesn’t make much change from stock interestingly.

ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390

Next, we set all cores to run at 4.8GHz, and this gives a minor improvement.

ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390

Moving up to 4.9 GHz nets us another small increase in score.

ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390

Going to a nice even 5.0GHz gets us a really nice jump in the score without trying too hard.  Going much above this causes our 9900K’s temp to rise a little higher than we want. This is no fault of Asus, there is plenty of room left here to overclock, it’s just the physics byproduct of cramming that many transistors into this small of a space and running them so hard. With advanced cooling, the Formula would keep up easily.

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