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Posted by Michael Pabia on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:00am

Testing Setup, Overclocking and Methodology


  • Processor: Intel Core i9-7900X
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9
  • Memory: Kingston Predator 32GB (8x4) 2666MHz Kit
  • Graphics: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G
  • Drive: MyDigitalSSD BPX 240GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1200W
  • Chassis: Dimastech Easy XL
  • Cooling: Noctua NH-D15S / Xigmatek Scylla 240 AIO

Testing Software

CPU Tests:

  • Super Pi Mod v1.5 XS (32m)
  • 7-Zip
  • CPU-Z

Memory Tests

  • AIDA64 Extreme Edition
  • Passmark Performance Test - Memory Mark - Threaded
  • SiSoft Sandra

Storage Tests

  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0
  • Anvil Storage

Graphics Tests

  • 3DMark – Fire Strike
  • 3DMark – Time Spy
  • Unigine Heaven
  • Unigine Valley

Overall System Test

  • PCMark 8
  • PCMark 10


Overclocking the i9-7900X was a bit challenging and based on the experience, it really needs an aggressive cooler. Pushing it beyond 4.4GHz was proving too difficult for a Noctua NH-D15S with dual 140mm cooling fans at room temperatures of 28C. I had to result to using an all-in-one liquid cooling solution with the help of a Xigmatek Scylla 240. With that, we were able to hit a nice and stable 4.5GHz that we can use for benchmarking and also to test the stability of the motherboard with an overclocked i9-7900X 10-core, 20 thread processor. There are selected benchmarks were we tested the overclocked configurations on the following pages.

GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9 Setup


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