Gaming Performance 2017: AoTS Escalation


Ashes of the Singularity is a Real Time Strategy game developed by Oxide Games and Stardock Entertainment. The original AoTS was released back in March of 2016 while the standalone expansion pack, Escalation, was released in November of 2016 adding more structures, maps, and units. We use this specific benchmark as it relies on both a good GPU as well as on the CPU in order to get the most frames per second. This balance is able to better display any system differences in gaming as opposed to a more GPU heavy title where the CPU and system don't matter quite as much. We use the default "Crazy" in-game settings using the DX11 rendering path in both 1080p and 4K UHD resolutions. The benchmark is run four times and the results averaged then plugged into the graph. 

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - 1080p

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation - 4K UHD

Nothing too much to note here. The SLI Plus is right with the other boards tested.

CPU Performance: Short Form Overclocking with the Core i9-7900X


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  • Vatharian - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    Why, why manufacturers won't let the U.2 die? We are already past SATA Express, and now this. I get it, it's one of the most popular connectors to connect SAS backplanes, and most of HBAs and RAID controllers do use it, but please, let it die in desktop space. If anything SFF8087 should remain, as SFF-8639 (U.2) is much flimsier and easier to break.

    Also, we already have far superior standard just behind the corner, in the form of OCuLink.
  • peterfares - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    Why not have it there though? X299 is a prosumer platform, they may want to use U.2 drives. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    x399 laughs at X299 being called "prosumer" 44pci-e lanes vs 64 pci-e lanes, bootable nvme raid support. Reply
  • BillyONeal - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    I'm a "prosumer" who built both X299 and X399 boxes and couldn't care less about those things. Compiler want MOAR CORRRREEEESSSSSS Reply
  • drajitshnew - Friday, December 1, 2017 - link

    Why call it a prosumer product when it doesn't have ANY m2/u2 connected to the processor? Reply
  • andychow - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    Doubtful it will disappear. With Optane coming out with only a U.2 connector on the SSD format, it rather insured that U.2 will grow in demand. Reply
  • BillyONeal - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    The 750 was also like that but didn't spur demand for U.2. The add-in cards are just fine. Reply
  • Dr. Swag - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    Could you guys do some better vrm testing? X299 vrms have been a hot topic (pun intended) due to Skylake X drawing a lot of power when OCed and because of the addition of up to 18 cores. Some vrms get quite toasty under load so if you guys had good vrm temp measurements and perhaps even measurements on voltage ripple and stuff coming out of the vrm that would be awesome. Reply
  • - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    And let's not forget measurement of VRM power efficiency to compare the quality of VRMs across motherboards! Reply
  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    Just but Threadripper and forget about those problems. Reply

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