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EVGA X99 FTW K Motherboard Review

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Test System and Testing Procedures

Item Name Provided by:
Processor Intel Core i7-6950x Gigabyte
CPU Cooler
EKWB Predator 360 EKWB
Power Supply
NZXT Hale 90 v2 1000 watt power supply NZXT
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 4x4GB @ 2133MHz 14-14-14-35 2T (XMP) Kingston
Storage Samsung EVO 840, Kingston Predator M.2 SSD (OS)
Graphics Zotac GTX 960 4g Zotac
Drivers Intel  10.1.2 NVIDIA 368.69 WHQL (Discrete)
Networking Cisco Catalyst 2960G
Motherboard(s) Gigabyte X99 Phoenix SLI, EVGA X99 Classified, MSI X99A Gaming 9
Operating System Windows 10 Pro

Latest working BIOS, updates and drivers were used at the time of the review. Each test was conducted at least three times for accuracy with the exception of PCMark 8 which already does three sets per benchmark run. *All performance benchmarks in this review and all reviews going forward will be using the Windows 10 operating system. **Thanks to our sponsors who provided hardware for the test system.

System Benchmarks

  1. Aida64 Engineer 5.30
  2. SiSoft Sandra Lite 2015 SP2b
  3. CineBench R15
  4. PCMark 8 v2.4.304
  5. WinRAR 5.01
  6. x.264 FHD 1.0.1
  7. x.265 0.1.4

Subsystem Testing

  1. CrystalDiskMark 5.0.3 for Storage tests
  2. LatencyMon for DPC monitoring
  3. Rightmark Audio Analyzer 6.4.1
  4. Passmark Performance Test 8.0 – Network Speed Graph

Gaming Benchmarks

  1. 3DMark Firestrike (Default)
  2. Unigine Heaven 4.0 (Max Settings, 1920 x 1080)
  3. Bioshock Infinite (Lowest Settings @ 640 x 480, Max Settings @ 1920 x 1080)


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Tom Brokaw

Tom is a network and computer hardware enthusiast. He has been reviewing hardware products around for various sites around the net since 1999. He has modded a few cases back in the day.
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