Die Hard Tools
Asus' own TurboV is really a joy to work with. Some competitors’ software is either to scarce in settings, takes ages to load or is too darn buggy. TurboV is almost perfect. TurboV has 3 modes : Manual, Easy and AutoTuning mode. Most enthusiast users will only go for Manual mode (Some will not even consider to install this software, as they prefer to do everything straight from the bios). I must admit I was shy of software tools too, but to get the last drop of performance out of your setup or do a quick test with a volt or multi these software tools can be incredibly handy.
Let's take a look at the different modes :
First up is Manual mode : Giving access to all voltages. Core per core selection is possible, sadly all cores at once is not implemented yet ( update is demanded !)
Six CPU ratios for our Thuban CPU, imagine the pain it takes to up one multi when OC'ing, selecting 6 times a core , change the multi , press apply... we need a fix here to select all cores at once.
I skipped the screenshot for the easy Mode. Because it's in fact manual mode without the advanced or CPU ratio tab. Let's take a closer look at Autotuning :
3 different tuning modes selectable; Fast tuning, Extreme tuning and Custom tuning. Sadly I couldn't select the RAM frequency tab. Below is a combined screenshot of the results of the different modes. Coming close to 4ghz just after two reboots and about 4 minutes of testing. Pretty impressive stuff.ROG Connect
Via ROG connect you can control most of the vital settings regarding voltages, multipliers...,from another PC, Laptop. This software also enables you to monitor your computer while “benching” it.
Every setting you need to look for them last Mhz. Too bad the CPU multiplier function is missing ( but was requested at the last Tech Conference )
Temperatures can be easily readout, without the need for aftermarket software.
Via the RC poster you can troubleshoot more easily. The Remote control panel allows you to power on/off, reset and even clear your CMOS.
For the purists monitoring and plotting all the data in a chart is possible too.Asus Turbo Unlocker vs AMD Turbo Technology
Besides the normal implementation of the Turbo technology from AMD for the hexacore CPU's, ASUS went a bit further then that. Looking at Intel's Turboboost they added a chip (TurboV) on the motherboard that would give the user more freedom regarding easy overclocking.
Let's have a look how it looks in the bios : To enable the feature you have to enable the (normal) Turbo Core function. On top you can see the target Turbo core mode is 3600mhz for our 1090T Thuban sample (which is according AMD specs ).
Asus however included the Turbo ratio feature. Here you can select, the wanted multiplier to be used. In this case we selected 19 ratio, which leads to 3800mhz final turbo speed.
A note however, as you might wonder, hey I can do that manually too. Indeed you can, notice however that the normal CPU speed is only 3200mhz. The onboard chip automatically detects the load and will adjust the multiplier up or down to keep everything inside the TDP of the CPU. Voltages and co are also automatically adjusted. So it requires no extra manual intervention from the end user. It's a small free extra bonus from the folks at ASUS and best of all, it applies to non Thuban CPU's also :)
Here's the support list :
We did a few runs on the 1090T CPU with the software ( 19 ratio selected in the bios) compared to the normal AMD Turbo core Tech...
Don't think any of the graphs need an explanation, Asus' implementation is just faster, how much faster will depend on the ratio you select in the bios, how good your CPU cooling is and what application(s) you use...