Gaming Benchmarks

These benchmarks do not represent real-world gameplay by any stretch of the imagination. These tests are conducted using built-in benchmarking tools utilizing the game engine. These tests are designed to stress the CPU’s power system as well as ensure proper functionality. These are all run at CPU limited resolutions to try our best to remove the video card as a bottleneck.

One additional note about gaming performance is that these are average values. They do not tell the whole story. Specifically, Destiny 2’s low’s and high’s help tell a very different story than what the average reports are. Fortunately, while the lows are considerably lower than that of Intel CPU’s, the amount of frames that drop into the lowest range are extremely few.

As stated in previous articles, we are transitioning to providing more comprehensive data for gaming benchmarks. Leveraging some of the built-in tools, we are showing minimums, averages, and maximum frame rates. Frametimes are something we will work on including in the future as well. Unfortunately, we didn’t have that much lead time from Intel on this review.

3DMark 10

In this test, the extra power offered by the 10980XE’s additional cores and thread count are of limited value at best. At stock speeds, the Prime X299 Edition 30 and 10980XE combination achieve the two lowest results.

Heaven

Given the similarity of clocks, IPC and graphics cards, are numbers are reasonably close across the spectrum. The Prime X299 Edition 30 achieves a result of 370.7FPS overclocked but shows its lack of gaming pedigree at stock speeds with a result of 351.6FPS.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is an interesting test. CPU’s with higher core counts can often achieve much higher results than you would expect. Typically, a CPU like the 9900K is the best choice here and clearly, based on the graph that’s mostly true. However, overclocked, the 10980XE catches and surpasses the stock 9900K which is an impressive feat.

Hitman 2 (2019)

Hitman 2 is similar to Shadow of the Tomb Raider in that additional cores beyond the usual 8c/16t can be of some performance benefit. When clock speeds are increased as well, you can see large gains in performance. At stock speeds, the Prime X299 Edition 30 based system is slightly slower than the 9900K based system. Overclocked, it’s actually quite a bit faster with almost a 20FPS lead.

Destiny 2

Destiny 2’s performance is also interesting as HEDT systems can sometimes achieve better frame rates than their mainstream counterparts. What the graph doesn’t show is how the performance is more erratic when it comes to minimum and maximum frame rates. However, as you can see here, the average is much higher on the overclocked Prime X299 Edition 30 with the 10980XE. Almost 40FPS is gained through overclocking. Weirdly, I had always assumed memory bandwidth was the larger reason for this, but that doens’t seem to be the case as stock 10980XE and 9900K performance is pretty similar.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a controversial title for sure. However, it can be a gorgeous game with a large landscape and a ton of things going on. In this test, we can see the average performance favors the Core i9 9900K. The Prime X299 Edition 30 test system when overclocked can match the stock 3900X but falters slightly at stock speeds.

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9 Comments

  1. For a 750 dollar board I am also surprised by the BIOS. Space isn’t cheap in that arena and they could have designed a nice color pallet in the Bios to resemble the motherboard.

    It’s especially damning when my 170 dollar motherboard has twice the size bios storage.

  2. I’d love a HEDT board with excellent VRM’s (and cooling), but forgo all RGB and built-in NIC(s), Audio, Video, etc… a basic quality (8+ layers) board with PS2 and USB plus M.2 port or two – even memory slots limited to 4 slots and surface mounted – nothing else other than direct cpu connected slots for add-in cards. Asus was almost there with Apex x299 – That’s a board I’d pay extra for.

  3. No Power and Temp measurements? Nice review, and if I had the money and a nuclear reactor, would be something I’d like to build one of these days..

  4. We’ve never actually had power measurements in our motherboard reviews. That even goes back to the HardOCP days. Largely, it’s dependent on the CPU and figuring out exactly what the motherboard does is a bit tricky. That said, power is the same as it was in the 10980XE review. 617w when overclocked.

    As for temperatures, I normally cover what the VRM heat sink reads at. An oversight on my part. These reviews are getting more complex and its easy to miss something like that. However, I did note it and the VRM heat sink was a mere 102F.

  5. It’s one of the nicest motherboards I’ve ever reviewed. That’s saying something given that I’ve been doing this for over 14 years.

  6. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 10047, member: 6″]
    We’ve never actually had power measurements in our motherboard reviews. That even goes back to the HardOCP days. Largely, it’s dependent on the CPU and figuring out exactly what the motherboard does is a bit tricky. That said, power is the same as it was in the 10980XE review. 617w when overclocked.

    As for temperatures, I normally cover what the VRM heat sink reads at. An oversight on my part. These reviews are getting more complex and its easy to miss something like that. However, I did note it and the VRM heat sink was a mere 102F.
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    Thank you Dan!

  7. [QUOTE=”Dan_D, post: 10052, member: 6″]
    It’s one of the nicest motherboards I’ve ever reviewed. That’s saying something given that I’ve been doing this for over 14 years.
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    For the price I would be surprised if it were anything other than top notch.

    I can understand the history with Intel. Still odd that they chose this route, given that X299 is due to be overhauled… Then again, when all that’s on the horizon is Skylake ++++ and you aren’t jumping to PCI 4.0, I guess there is no real ~need~ to overhaul it (not that that has ever stopped Intel in the past).

  8. [QUOTE=”Brian_B, post: 10066, member: 96″]
    For the price I would be surprised if it were anything other than top notch.

    I can understand the history with Intel. Still odd that they chose this route, given that X299 is due to be overhauled… Then again, when all that’s on the horizon is Skylake ++++ and you aren’t jumping to PCI 4.0, I guess there is no real ~need~ to overhaul it (not that that has ever stopped Intel in the past).
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    For that price, you do expect a great board. However, GIGABYTE’s X58-UD9 was $700 back in the day and I hated it. It was one of the quirkiest boards I’d worked with at the time. As for Intel, they cycle through the mainstream chipsets too quickly and not fast enough on the HEDT side.

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