Overclocking Results

With our test setup and methodology employed, we will be splitting the results extrapolated from our testing on each of the four Z590 motherboards. We feel this is fair due to each motherboard vendor enforcing each of its own tweaks via multi-core enhancement settings and we believe this is enough to make subtle differences to performance. We've split the results into four graphs per test, so one for each Z590 model we've tested on, with both stock and overclocked results for comparison.

All our testing on Intel Z590 is using Windows 10 64-bit with the 20H2 update.

Rendering - POV-Ray 3.7.1: Ray Tracing

The Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer, or POV-Ray, is a freeware package for as the name suggests, ray tracing. It is a pure renderer, rather than modeling software, but the latest beta version contains a handy benchmark for stressing all processing threads on a platform. We have been using this test in motherboard reviews to test memory stability at various CPU speeds to good effect – if it passes the test, the IMC in the CPU is stable for a given CPU speed. As a CPU test, it runs for approximately 1-2 minutes on high-end platforms.

POV-Ray 3.7.1 Benchmark - ASRock Z590 Taichi

POV-Ray 3.7.1 Benchmark - ASUS ROG Maximus XIII HeroPOV-Ray 3.7.1 Benchmark - GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus MasterPOV-Ray 3.7.1 Benchmark - MSI MEG Z590 Ace

In our POV-Ray testing, all four of the processors on each board managed to beat default performance convincingly with an average increase of 6.4%.

Rendering - Cinebench R23: Link

Maxon's real-world and cross-platform Cinebench test suite has been a staple in benchmarking and rendering performance for many years. Its latest installment is the R23 version, which is based on its latest 23 code which uses updated compilers. It acts as a real-world system benchmark that incorporates common tasks and rendering workloads as opposed to less diverse benchmarks which only take measurements based on certain CPU functions. Cinebench R23 can also measure both single-threaded and multi-threaded performance.

Cinebench R23 CPU: Single Thread - ASRock Z590 TaichiCinebench R23 CPU: Multi Thread - ASRock Z590 TaichiCinebench R23 CPU: Single Thread - ASUS ROG Maximus XIII HeroCinebench R23 CPU: Multi Thread - ASUS ROG Maximus XIII HeroCinebench R23 CPU: Single Thread - GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus MasterCinebench R23 CPU: Multi Thread - GIGABYTE Z590 Aorus MasterCinebench R23 CPU: Single Thread - MSI MEG Z590 AceCinebench R23 CPU: Multi Thread - MSI MEG Z590 Ace

In CineBench R23, we saw a marginal uplift in performance in single-thread performance on average, but the biggest gains were in the multi-thread test with an average increase of 6% over default values. In perspective, the single-threaded performance gains in CB23 were around 0.04%. The reason why the ST values aren't popping here is because the stock CPU enables turbo with TVB to 5.3 GHz, whereas we are fixing each chip to 5.2 GHz all-core.

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  • Marlin1975 - Monday, August 30, 2021 - link

    Maybe I missed it, sorry if I did, but did you measure the VRM Temps as well? Many boards seem to come with lower quality VRMs and cover them up with heatsinks. But even heatsinks can't cover for low quality VRMs when doing overclocking like this.
  • Ian Cutress - Monday, August 30, 2021 - link

    On each of the board pages there are links to their respective full reviews. OC testing there with full 360mm AIO and VRM temps with thermal images.
  • blanarahul - Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - link

    Would it be possible to do similar overclocking tests for the Ryzen 5950X?
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  • hansip87 - Monday, August 30, 2021 - link

    Chugging along with my 10900f for the next 8 years i hope.. didn't see any benefit doing overclocking these days. Just have enough core and cache and you're all set.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Monday, August 30, 2021 - link

    I mean if you still use a 60hz monitor, as most do, a sandy bridge quad core can still maintain 60 FPS in all modern titles. Games are nowhere near as intensive as people make them out to be.
  • Makaveli - Monday, August 30, 2021 - link

    Nah Quad cores are out for gaming.

  • Frequensee - Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - link

    Quad cores can still hold 60 FPS just fine with an AMD GPU, while rarely dropping a few frames below 60 on an RTX 3090. I’d say quad cores are still good enough for gaming for a few more years.
  • usiname - Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - link

    You will play 1080p with rtx 3090? Also this is Skylake, Sandy will be even lower
  • TheinsanegamerN - Thursday, September 2, 2021 - link

    >literally every game has a 1% low higher then 60 in all tests except the slowest core i3 in tomb raider

    Please explain how this makes them “out” for gaming? Seems they’re holding up really well.

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