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Work in Nominal Mode

If the problem occurs even in the nominal mode, then there should be some technical defect involved. Our system based on DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 mainboard started and worked perfectly fine in nominal mode. We would only like to point out a few peculiarities.

You may have noticed that DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 mainboard can’t work with XMP technology (eXtreme Memory Profile) that is supported by our Kingston HyperX KHX14900D3T1K3/3GX memory modules. At least, we didn’t see any corresponding parameters in the mainboard BIOS. So, we can’t set the memory frequency to 1866MHz and increase the corresponding voltages in the BIOS automatically. However, it doesn’t mean the memory can’t work at high frequencies on this mainboard. We manually increased the memory voltage to 1.65V and CPU VTT Voltage – to 1.28V and our system remained stable with the CPU in its nominal mode and memory – at 1866MHz with 9-9-9-24-1T timings.

The next thing is about “Turbo Boost” technology implementation. It turned out implemented exactly the same way as in ASRock X58 SuperComputer. The CPU clock frequency multiplier has hardly ever reached 22, even during single-threaded CPU load. The multiplier increased to 21, but only if there were four threads maximum. With five threads or more the clock multiplier didn’t exceed 20. However, you can easily change the way mainboard acts if you go the “CPU Feature” section and set the “Set VR Current Limit Max” parameter to “Enabled”. In this case the clock frequency multiplier will increase to 21 even with 5 or more threads.

These are pretty much all the peculiarities typical of DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 mainboard in nominal mode. However, the results of our traditional performance tests revealed something very upsetting. Our today’s hero was defeated by Asus P6T in each and every benchmark:

In fact, things are even slightly worse than they seem at first glance. The only reason why we measure the performance of our testing participants in nominal mode is to show how well the mainboards optimize the settings in this mode. Namely, what results the user will get if he loads standard settings into the mainboard BIOS and doesn’t change a thing. We, however, deviated a little from this rule and with the help of “Set VR Current Limit Max” allowed DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 mainboard to raise its clock multiplier up to 21 under load of five+ threads to ensure fair testing conditions against the competitor from Asus. Without this adjustment the mainboard working with a lower processor clock multiplier will evidently lose even to itself.

So, if we really don’t change anything and leave all BIOS settings at their defaults set by the boards themselves, the results will look as follows:

Sad and strange. Mainboards usually perform about the same in nominal mode. Let’s see how DFI LanParty JR X58-T3H6 will perform during CPU overclocking.

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