Computers & Networks

X99 HPC installation 19: BIOS Update and Configuration

morreale Wednesday 16 of September, 2015
Figure 1 shows a video of the BIOS being updated to version 1401 and then being configured. The EZ tuning wizard was run. The tuning wizard selected the XMP DDR4-2667 DRAM profile, a 102.0 MHz bus clock, and a 40X multiplier running the i7-5930K cores at 4.080 GHz. At the time I made the video, I incorrectly pointed to the EZ tuning wizard target values as the actual clock speeds.

Figure 1 BIOS Update and Configuration Video

After the BIOS was configured, the ROG CPU-Z provides system information and reports the status of the CPU, caches, motherboard, memory, SPD (XMP memory settings), and graphics card. The CPU and memory status are shown in Figures 2 and 3, respectively. The CPU frequency is dynamic to save power so it needs to be running a benchmark to see the maximum core speed of 4079.2 MHz in this case. The memory frequency is 2447.5 MHz.

Figure 2 CPU-Z CPU Status

Figure 3 CPU-Z Memory Status

The Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) benchmark tool was run. The XTU status panel shows that the maximum processor frequency is 4.08 GHz and the maximum CPU temperature peaked at 64 C (see Figure 4).

Figure 4 Intel Extreme Tuning Utility Benchmark Status