There are a couple of ways to squeeze a bit more processing power from your CPU: Software based overclock tools, Auto Overclock using UEFI or manually setting everything yourself. Most often a higher overclock can be achieved using the manual method; however, it requires a bit more know-how and understanding of the platform which is why it isn’t for novices. Using the A-Tuning software ASRock provided, a novice can get a bit extra without the level of risk involved with manual overclocking. A-tuning makes it crazy simple to do; just press the start button and the A-tuning software will take over from there and display the final overclocking result. In my case it overclocked the 5820k to 4.3 in about a minute.
Reaching 4.4GHz in the UEFI was pretty easy. You just alter the multiplier and increase voltage, save and reboot. Of course there are more complicated and in-depth ways to reach a higher overclock using the BLK and other settings. I just wanted to top whatever result the A-Tuning software achieved. System was stable at this speed. I was able run Prime95, Unigine Heaven and PCmark8 with no hanging or lag. CPU Temps were in a good range too. We will show temps in another review.
Here is a couple of quick scores using R9 290s in Crossfire and the 5820k with stock settings. Again this is just for you to get a rough idea of performance if you are planning a build close to what I am using. If you switch to 780 TI’s or 290x’s you should expect your scores to be much higher.
I think it is almost time to pick up one or two more R9 290s. The X99 WS can support it, so why not take advantage of it after I switch to the higher end 5930k. The 40 PCIe3 lanes are sorely needed.