MSI X99A Tomahawk Motherboard Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures
The X99A Tomahawk was installed in our test bench, which we use to test all of our motherboards. All of the hardware besides the motherboard stays the same to keep things uniform.

MSI X99A Tomahawk

Test System Specs
Processor: Intel Core i7-5960X
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB
Motherboard: MSI X99A Tomahawk
Memory: 32 GB Crucial DDR4 2133 MHz
Storage: 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: Thermaltake Water 3.0 Extreme
Case: HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station

For motherboard testing we have completely revamped everything for Windows 10. First off we will running the processor and motherboard and the default optimized settings in the BIOS (as if you would restore the defaults on the board). We feel that this is how most users will have their systems configured. So everything will be on auto.

We will be testing the motherboard at it default optimized setting and then again at our max overclock of 4.3 GHz. Here are the tests we are going to be running.

Overall System Testing
PCMark 8
– Home Benchmark
– Work Benchmark
– Creative Benchmark
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra
– Overall System Benchmark

CPU Testing
SiSoftware Sandra
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multi-Media
CINEBENCH R11.5 64-bit
x264 HD Benchmark 5.0

Graphics Testing
3DMark
– Fire Strike Extreme Benchmark
– Fire Strike Benchmark
3DMark 11
Heaven Benchmark 5.0

SATA, USB & Network Testing
CrystalDiskMark
SiSoftware Sandra
– Network (LAN) Benchmark

Now let’s get to testing!

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