Review: EVGA X570 DARK

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Memory overclocking:

If you know of our website and overclocking in general, you know that modifying the settings of a memory kit is not the easiest part. In order to carry out our overclocking tests, we chose our G.SKill Trident Z Royal Elite 4000 MHz C14 kit. This is a kit with B-Die chips and should be the most suitable for overclocking.

Profiles within the BIOS :

There are several profiles in the BIOS of our EVGA X570 DARK that can be used to scrape a few more points in the benchmarks. Beware, some profiles require voltages close to 2.0 volts and should therefore be used with caution and full knowledge. If you are a beginner, we advise you to stay on the « Daily » profiles. As a reminder, the meaning of « SR » is single-rank and « DR » is dual-rank. This means that either the memory chips are all on the same side of the PCB or they are spread over both sides. Most 2 x 8 kits are SR and some 2 x 16 kits are DR.

Before sharing our performance results with you, please note that it took us a long time to find stable profiles in the benchmarks. But on the other hand, it is with thanks to EVGA’s DARK motherboard that we obtained overall best performance. The profiles available in the BIOS were a good base, but we had to modify them to be fully stable.

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1. Stock performance :

Just like with the CPU overclock, it is important to have a reference score to be able to compare and evaluate the performance gains. We will run a Geekbench 3 at 4.5 GHz with the XMP profile loaded. Note that our memory kit is already performing well with its 4000 MHz C14 profile !

2. The 4000 MHz C12 (SR) custom profile:

The first profile we tested is based on the one proposed in the BIOS. In order to do achieve this, we raised the frequency of the FCLK to 2000 MHz with a 1:1 ratio. This is something that greatly influences the score.

On this profile we had to slightly modify the timings to be stable. So it’s a base but we had to work on it. The performances take off as you can see on the summary table right below.

3. The 4866 MHz C14 (SR) custom profile:

This is the profile that took us the longest to set. To give you an idea, I must have spent something like 8 hours, just to get something satisfying. This is the profile that gave us the highest memory score with 10645 points.

The Geekbench 3 single score in particular benefits from this profile. Nice surprise also regarding the voltage, since only 1.96 volts were needed.

4. The 4000 MHz C12 profile in Dual Rank :

Now let’s change our memory kit, but we will keep using some G.Skill memory. We wanted to test the performance of our G.Skill Trident Z Royal 4000 MHz CL16 in dual rank. And here, no problem, once the profile is loaded, everything boots without any problem. We were also able to push the frequency to 4066 MHz with 2033 MHz on the FCLK.

The performance is again excellent as our table shows.

Whew, well that took a lot of work ! In the end, it’s the first time I get such good results on the X570 chipset with this Ryzen 9 5950X. The profiles offered by EVGA are very performant but you’ll have to work on them a little. You’ll be lucky if you manage to boot on the first try. One final word to add that I couldn’t use my 5066 MHz G.Skill kit with Hynix chips.

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Now that we’ve had a look at this motherboard, it’s time to conclude.