Originally Posted by xxbassplayerxx
For what it's worth, getting a chip with an unlocked multi to 4.13 could be done by an OEM board that only allowed you to change the multi.
That's why people say this board is not good with Bloomfield. It's epic with Gulftown as the highest BCLK people push with that is around 200. This thing can push BCLK into the 260's or higher, but only if QPI Slow Mode is enabled.
Asus' binning process on the IOH seems to have been very lax with this board. Maybe they got a bad shipment from Intel or maybe they didn't want to waste the time/money binning the chips they received, but this board is definitely not as good as other boards for pushing 3D speeds on Bloomfield. The results just are not consistent enough.
The absolute highest BCLK I've seen with the x36 QPI multi was 230. Most of the time, people find themselves around 215-220. I can boot and test at 225, but my graphics scores go down because of QPI degradation (directly related to the IOH).
As I stated before, I didn't even tweak it, so I know I have more, but since I do not bench as much as I use too I just haven't messed with it. I agree that the bios' are not tweaked for the Bloomfields, but most MB manufactures are designing their bios' around the 32nm processors now, it's one of the biggest complaints on the EVGA forums right now. I like the board because it has so much potential just like the 980x. As far as the Formula goes, if it had been out at the time I probably would have gotten that instead. I played with it at Quake Con and it's just as good from an overclocking perspective, but again, it will tweaked more for the 32nm chips than the 45nm chips.
Also, yes 4.2Ghz is nothing special, on any board. My point was that it was easy. I don't consider anything under 220BCLK for regular chips special and I wouldn't recommend this board for someone just wanting a 24/7 board with little desire to overclock or bench, that's what the Formula and similar boards are for.