Application & Synthetic Testing

Sandra Memory Bandwidth

All systems were run in dual channel or quad-channel modes where applicable. The Intel Core i9 10980XE used timings of 18,19,19,39@1T. The Intel 9900K used timings of 16,18,18,36@1T while the AMD test systems used timings of 16,16,16,36@1T.

In this test, it comes as no surprise that the Core i9 10980XE takes the top spot here with a score of almost 70GB/s. Overclocked, it’s actually capable of considerably more, but this is the difference quad-channel RAM makes over dual-channel implementations.

Sandra CPU Dhrystone

In this test, the overclocked 10980XE is the first system I’ve seen to crack 1,000 GIPS. Again, we can see the type of performance offered by the 10980XE. It also shows us that the Prime X299 Edition 30 is more than capable of handling the demands placed on it by the 10980XE CPU, which pulls an incredible amount of power.

PCMark 10

Our Prime X299 Edition 30 achieves a score of 7,328 points at stock and 8,058 points when overclocked. Interestingly, the additional cores and threads of the 10980XE don’t prove particularly useful here as the 9900K results are extremely close despite not even being overclocked.

WinRAR – Multithread

As usual, WinRAR results are all over the place. The Prime X299 Edition 30 turns in a result of 1,608MB/s processed at stock speeds and gains a little more than 100MB/s when overclocked. This places it just ahead of the 3900X and 9900K based systems.

WinRAR – Single Thread

In the WinRAR single-thread test, one would think that the 9900K or the 3900X would be king, but the 10980XE is just as fast at stock speeds as either of those options and is even faster when overclocked achieving the highest result at 192MB/s processed.

wPrime v2.10

In the wPrime test, we see the 10980XE gain considerable performance via overclocking. However, the 3900X actually achieved a better result.

POV-Ray

In this test, the Prime X299 Edition 30 is an absolute monster with results that shame everything else in our comparison. We also see a significant benefit from overclocking.

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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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