Test Setup

We use the same hardware to test all LGA2011-v3 motherboards. Due to the GPU-limited nature of many of today's games, we now use two AMD R9 290 graphics cards to allow CPU performance to come into play, especially once the chip is overclocked. AMD and XFX graciously provided two of their R9 290 Double Dissipation Edition graphics cards, and the large coolers should prevent the GPUs from throttling when under load.

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As many LGA2011-v3 systems will sport multiple GPUs, this is also a representative system given the extra PCI-E lanes provided by Haswell-E CPUs over their LGA1150 counterparts. As such, we also use Intel's Core i7-5960X, which has the full complement of PCI-E lanes available to run both GPUs at x16 speed.

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Test System

Thanks to Corsair for supplying the PSU, memory and CPU cooler, to Crucial and Samsung for the SSDs, to Intel for the CPU and to XFX for the graphics cards.

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