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Gigabyte X99-Designare EX Motherboard Review

  1. About the X99-Designare EX!
  2. Motherboard Design
  3. Closer Look
  4. Sub-Components and Installation Overview
  5. BIOS Overview
  6. How its tested??
  7. CPU Overclocking and Memory Profile benchmark
  8. SATA Performance Testing
  9. USB 3.1 Gen 1 Transfer Test
  10. Boot Load Timings
  11. Conclusion
  12. Online Purchase Links
  13. View All

Test System and Testing Methodology

The following setup is what’s used to test the Gigabyte X99 Designare motherboard:

Operating System Windows 10 64-bit Pro
Processor+ Cooler Intel i7 5960X + Noctua NH-U14S
Motherboard Gigabyte X99 Designare
RAM 16GB HyperX Savage DDR4
GPU ZOTAC GTX 970 AMP! Extreme
OS Drive 240GB SanDisk Extreme II SSD
Secondary WD Red 3TB
PSU Antec TruePower Quattro 1200
PC Case Lian Li A70F

The i7 5960X is the same used on other Intel X99, recently being the SuperMicro and MSI’s unit. The CPU’s throttling, Turbo and power saving options have been turned off to keep the clock speed constant.

The Benchmarks are as follows:

  • CPU Overclocking: PCMark 8 Benchmarks’ Home, Creativity and Office test score comparison
  • Memory Profile Benchmark: AIDA64 Benchmark memory test
  • SATA Testing: AS SSD Benchmark
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Transfer Test
  • Boot Load Test: Tested with fresh OS Install and all drivers installed and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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