Overclocking Asgard Loki By VRLA Tech
Asgard memory has just released their aesthetically pleasing “Loki” line of memory. The DDR4 memory modules have a 16GB capacity with synchronizable RGB lighting. The high quality RAM modules feature 3200MHz speed and have promising overclocking potential. We have tested these modules in our Gaming PC’s with AMD processors on Legacy and the Eclipse
The Asgard Loki 16GB kit comes with 2 sticks of 8GB modules comes stock with a CAS latency of 16. The white heatsink and addressable RGB lighting give these modules a clean and aesthetically pleasing look on a white themed build.
Although rated at 3200MHz, these modules can be pushed much further and potentially provide a great upgrade or a valuable component in a pre-built gaming PC. Using a stock Ryzen 5 3600 and a stock Wraith cooler, we pushed the Loki memory as far as we could.
Benchmarking the Eclipse at stock speeds
We tested our systems at default settings using Cinebench R15, Unigine Heaven, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The Eclipse gaming PC is equipped with the Asus ROG Strix X370-F motherboard with the latest BIOS. The system is also equipped with a DeepCool Castle 240EX AIO Liquid Cooler and an RTX 2070.
The BIOS was set to default settings and was picking up the Asgard Loki 16GB kit at 2400MHz RAM speed. The BIOS was set to default settings and any settings whether it benefits the system or not. One of these settings is Precision Boost which allows the CPU clock speeds to boost depending on the workload. Precision Boost was able to boost our Ryzen 5 3600 consistently to 4.1 GHz depending on the workload.
Stock settings results
During Cinebench R15 benchmark, we noticed that the system consistently boosted to 4.1 GHz however the scores did not consistently reflect the performance. With 10 test runs our score was between 1511 and 1559 averaging out to a score of 1537. The system is stable with these settings auto adjusting everything depending on the CPU temperatures. The CPU never went above 70C under load.
The Heaven benchmark and CSGO utilize the GPU in these tests and show how each software uses the CPU. The Heaven benchmark at stock averaged 116FPS and a score of 2945. It was run at 1080p Ultra preset and full screen. The benchmark ran extremely smooth and had a minimal amount of screen tearing which was not even noticeable.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is notorious for relying on the CPU favoring Intel CPU’s over AMD. Intel CPU’s generally have better single threaded performance allowing for high FPS. The 3600 boosted to 4.1 GHz once again and averaged 384FPS after 6 runs. The benchmark used in the CS:GO was the FPS benchmark map on the CS:GO workshop.
Overall the Eclipse Gaming PC handled the benchmarks extremely well at stock speeds. It has plenty of cooling and a lot of potential for tweaking.
Overclocking the Eclipse, the quick and dirty way
The AMD Ryzen platform is a great overclocking platform, without much effort we were able to hit 4.1 GHz across all 6 cores. We increased the CPU multipliers at 100MHz increments until we reached 4.1 GHz with a CPU voltage of 1.3500v. After running the same benchmarks to see if it was a stable overclock, we moved on to overclocking the RAM. The motherboard has predetermined RAM speeds in the BIOS so we went in the increments of the motherboard settings. The memory was very stable at its rated speed of 3200MHz and was eventually able to hit 3600MHz with little effort.
We did not spend too much time messaging with the memory timings or voltages, we only adjusted the CPU multiplier, CPU voltage, and Memory speed. This was the quickest way to evaluate if these memory sticks had good potential.
After hitting 3600MHz on the memory, we pushed the CPU a little further and was able to hit a stable overclock at 4.3 GHz. We pushed it to 4.4 GHz but the system kept shutting down when a load was applied. The CPU voltage was also pushed up to 1.4200v for 4.4 GHz but we did not want to risk frying the CPU. At 1.3875v we were stable with an overclock of 4.3 GHz and RAM speed of 3600MHz.
Benchmarking results with a 4.3 GHz overclock
We ran the same tests again at 4.3 GHz and got some interesting results. The Cinebench R15 results averaged a score of 1693. The highest score was 1702 and the lowest score was 1685, however, we were able to hit 1701 and 5 other scores were between 1693 and 1691. This was a 9% performance increase of the averaged scores.
The Heaven benchmark and CS:GO benchmark demonstrated less exciting results but were an increase in performance nonetheless. These two benchmarks utilize the CPU differently but had similar results to stock settings.
The Heaven benchmark scored 2943 and averaged 116FPS, so we lost 2 points but kept the same average FPS. The Min FPS was 41.8 overclocked compared to 40.4 at stock.
CS:GO averaged 396FPS over 6 runs with highest FPS recorded at 400FPS. The overclocked system gained 3% more FPS over the stock clocks. This game loves single threaded performance and it shows in this benchmark.
Is overclocking beneficial for a Gaming PC?
The answer is yes! Overclocking will definitely benefit your gaming PC, however, keep in mind how much you are able to overclock and how much you are willing to overclock. The tests we used to overclock the system do not represent all of the overclocking potential for this system. There are other software and benchmarks that may have more of an impact for overclocking.
This was a quick and dirty way to see the potential for the Asgard Loki memory kits which have really good overclocking potential. Without fiddling with timings and voltages we were able to hit 3600MHz on the memory, now imagine we were able to spend more time with the kits.
In conclusion the Asgard Loki 16GB memory kit is a great addition to a gaming PC. Overclocking the CPU is not the only part of overclocking, there are other factors determining the results. Depending on the software or games you would like to benefit from, you may see promising results or you may not. Thank you to Asgard Memory for providing these memory sticks for our testing.