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The Wonderful Journey in the world of ROG RealBench

Zka17
Level 16
I recently got my hands on an Asus Maximus V Extreme and a 3770k. Lately I was benching on the RIVE, so I kinda forgot how to tweak the Z77 platform... I have decided that I will start tweaking/re-learning and checking the results with ROG RealBench! :cool:

It proved to be a very exciting experience, so I'm willing to share it... 🙂

The objective was to get as high score as possible in RB, but keep the tweaking as simple as possible - I was curious primarily about this platform's and CPU's performance... more serious tweaking will come later...

Let's start with the hardware:
Mobo: Asus Maximus V Extreme - stock cooling
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770k - it is a used, de-lidded & re-lidded specimen (TIM has been changed in it), watercooled (chiller)
RAM: GSkill TridentX, 2x4GB, 2600MHz, 10-12-12-31 2T, 1.65V - stock cooling
SSD: Samsung 830, 128GB - for OS and applications
HDD: some small laptop platter - for data
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate - with all the updates installed
VGA: GeForce Titan - stock cooling (has no importance in this experiment)

ROG RealBench is the newest version to date: v1.1

As it can be seen, the only watercooled part is the CPU... it's connected to my chiller and the coolant temp was set to 65F/18.33C, while the room temp was 23C...

The OS is running in Diagnostic Mode, Realbench.exe's priority is set to Realtime and explorer.exe is turned off... after each set of runs, restarted the system...

1. After setting up the system and installing all the updates, I run my first RealBench test... just to set a baseline...
At this point everything was on BIOS defaults - got a system score of 570

2. The first tweak was to choose the XMP settings form Ai Tuner: 2400MHz/10-12-12-31 2T - score went up to 645

3. just to have the sensation that I'm controlling the tweaking, I set the memories at their XMP spec manually... and set the CPU to 3.9GHz (39x100)... I started to run two tests one after another - got a max score of 646

4. Then I switched the memories from 2T to 1T - just a little bit of increase in scores: 648

5. Then I have started to push the CPU, basically by only increasing the multi... but before, I disabled the CPU Spread Spectrum, Execute Disabled Bit and all C-States... CPU at 4GHz (40x100) - score 662

6. Just continued increasing the multi... CPU at 4.2GHz - score 690

7. CPU at 4.4GHz - score 719

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8. CPU at 4.6GHz - score 746

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9. And CPU at 4.8GHz - score 770

Please, note that I haven't changed anything else in BIOS beside of those mentioned above...
However, the next step, moving to 5GHz started to present some trouble:

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The system booted up fine, even the AIDA64 stress-testing was going on well... - only the RealBench was not happy...

10. So, I took some extra measures... enabled the Internal PLL Overvoltage, set LLC to Ultra HIgh and disabled VRM Sread Spectrum... also, started to push the Vcore manually..
. at 1.520V finally got a result with CPU at 5.0GHz - score 796

11. Got very excited and applied an another tweak: reduced the screen resolution to 1024x768... had to push the Vcore a little bit more (to 1.530) - and finally passed the 800 mark with a 4-core CPU! 5.0GHz - score 809

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12. Then followed a long period of trial and - mostly errors - while I was pushing the Vcore further for 5.1GHz... when I passed 1.6V, I actually set the coolant temp to 60F/15.5C, just to stay on the safe side... also, enabled the Xtreme Tweaking (not sure if this one helped) and set the LLC to Extreme... I was running AIDA64 in background to monitor the temps... when I got to 1.66V, finally passed with CPU at 5.1GHz - score 805

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Temps reached 80C during the second test!

13. And finally I reset the screen to the lower resolution... CPU at 5.1GHz - score 821

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Here is the summary of my journey:

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And a chart with the evolution of the scores:

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I'm showing the each score from both of the runs, so it can be seen that it is a big difference running RealBench for the second time! Also, check how much improvement brings if you set the screen resolution lower!

One more thing... you also can see how the Vcore got increased... - please, monitor your temps while tweaking!!! The role of this thread is to show some basic tweaks (maybe, letar on some more detailed ones too) and not suggesting that your CPU can do the same clocks at the same voltage! Your CPU can be actually better, needing less voltage... or can be worse... - don't forget that I used a chiller for cooling...

So, that's it for now... hope you will enjoy it...
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Zka17
Level 16
Please, keep this thread for RealBench tweaking... CINCITy you have your own thread, you will get your answer there...

megastarkey
Level 7
I was looking at your phase change. I want one.... But ... That's some crazy money.


I think I will have to build a totally new test bench. You have inspired me... To break the bank... Sigh.... Such a bad influence.
MEGAStarkey

Intel i7 4770kOC @ 4.6 / 1.25v - Maximus VI Extreme - 16gb Team Xtreem @2400
Gigabyte R9 290x Windforce OC
Intel i7 4670kOC @ 4.2 - ASUS Z97i Plus - 8gb Crucial Ballistix@1600
ASUS 660GTX
AMD FX8350OC @ 4.8 Ghz Stable - Crosshair V Formula-Z -8gb Crucial Ballistix @1600
ASUS 660GTX

Zka17
Level 16
LOL, Starkey, benching is really addictive... an can get costly too...

Phase Change can give you a real difference, but you need to take extra steps to use it... - it's running way below 0C, so condensation is getting a serious issue... you need to insulate your mobo...

But actually I would more curious here about how that FX8350 performs in RealBench... how much can you push the memories?

I didn't want to feel responsible for sending anyone off on a wild goose chase, so I spent a little time paying closer attention to ramdisk results by comparing fresh extractions of realbench on purely default BIOS and Windows 8.1 System settings and the ramdisk version actually performed worse on Multitasking by a significant margin. Enough to bring the overall score down by nearly 20 points. I'm not sure why I had slightly positive results the first time unless it was because I was using a junction then whereas this time I extracted directly to the ramdisk. I don't know, but I thought I would share.

Also, Windows 8 with Haswell didn't respond well to Z's other tweaks either (collectively. I didn't implement and test each one individually).

I haven't gained much in the way of scores, but it's still fun to try and sort all this stuff out. We need a comprehensive sortable spreadsheet.

Zka17
Level 16
IM2L844, that's a very valuable info! (I would rep you again, but just did in an other thread)

The thing is that the Win 7 was proved to work better for RealBench - if I recall correctly... and I haven't tried Win 8 yet...

If you noted down your results, you can easily create an Excel spreadsheet and post it here - I'm sure that it will be useful!

IM2L844
Level 12
"If you noted down your results, you can easily create an Excel spreadsheet and post it here"

I haven't, but I think I might start doing that. It really would be the easiest way to keep track of things.

BTW, have I said how much I hate Windows 8? I'm a couple of months in and I've finally stopped yelling profanities at my monitor and have resorted to just mumbling under my breath. There are some things I love about it though. The 10 second boot time for instance. 🙂

Zka17
Level 16
Yeah, everybody says about that short boot time... and then they're not even turning off the system, just put it in sleep... - so, what's the big deal with fast booting then?!

I'm old school... I'm turning off my system every night and completely powering it off... then, in the morning I have my ritual... - wake up, put the coffee in the coffee maker, bathroom, then turn on my system, then have my morning coffee while I'm reading the news... by the time i finish the coffee and the news, usually my system is up and running... Sincerely, I do not need faster booting time than that... but once it has booted, I do expect to work flawlessly!

megastarkey
Level 7
My FX8350 Hit 613 in RealBench. I am at the top of the AMD list. However I took the memory and h100i off of it and combined those on my 4770k system.

I gave it to my son. I had memories up to 2088mhz at stock speed. We are going to add another h100i and he will get my memory when i get some of that Team memory or better in a few weeks. I think I can get close to 650 maybe more with some new tweaks, maybe.
MEGAStarkey

Intel i7 4770kOC @ 4.6 / 1.25v - Maximus VI Extreme - 16gb Team Xtreem @2400
Gigabyte R9 290x Windforce OC
Intel i7 4670kOC @ 4.2 - ASUS Z97i Plus - 8gb Crucial Ballistix@1600
ASUS 660GTX
AMD FX8350OC @ 4.8 Ghz Stable - Crosshair V Formula-Z -8gb Crucial Ballistix @1600
ASUS 660GTX

IM2L844
Level 12
"so, what's the big deal with fast booting then?!"

For day to day use it isn't such a big deal, but It sure comes in handy when you are fiddling around in the BIOS and testing and crashing and rinsing and repeating. 🙂

Zka17
Level 16
Yeah... I do have a lot of crashes while benching... - but still enough boot time... 😄