MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Overview and Overclocking Board Features & Visual Inspection BIOS & Software thử nghiệm Bed and thiết đặt System Performance CPU Performance, Short size Gaming Performance MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Conclusion
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The MSI X370 XPowerGaming Titanium is marketed as a đứng top of the range ATX offering and currently stands as MSI's flagship AM4 socket motherboard. The XPowerbranding over the years has been heavily associated with overclocking và enthusiast level performance, but due khổng lồ a change in the direction MSI in terms of marketing, the XPowerbranding now correlates withgaming as well. As MSI's đứng đầu dog, the silver kiến thiết has hopes and dreams of standing out in a densely populated segment.

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Other anduc.edu.vn review for AMD’s Ryzen CPUs và X370/B350

The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 CPU Review:Zen on a BudgetThe AMD Ryzen 5 1600X vs bộ vi xử lý core i5 Review: All Ryzen 5 CPUs TestedThe AMD Zen and Ryzen 7 Review: A Deep Dive on 1800X, 1700X & 1700

To read specifically about the X370/B350 chip/platform and the specifications therein, our deep dive into what it is can be found atthis link.

Tested Motherboards

The MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Overview

With the XPower Gaming Titanium sitting among the most expensive X370 motherboards on the market, MSI has made aestheticchanges khổng lồ make the XPower variant stand out from the rest of the crowd, with a titanium lượt thích silver PCB & similarly styled heatsinks on the chipset and power delivery. The titanium stylings & branding directional change of the XPower in năm nhâm thìn - the X370 variant of the new XPower is the third such board to feature the ‘gaming titanium’ moniker & is primarily aimed towards gamers.

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The XPower drops the overclocking focused features from previous generations(such as the voltage (V-check) monitoring points) for this version, but implements some other high-end features instead, such as the combination of storage: a single U.2 port,a block of six SATA 6Gb/s ports, và dual M.2 ports with both slots allowing for the installation of PCIe SSDs. There is some sharing with the M.2 and PCIe slots: equipping a PCIe SSD into the đứng top M.2 slot reduces the PCIe 3.0 slots to x8/x4, while the bottom M.2 slot is switched with the bottom PCIe slot.This particular X370 mã sản phẩm has full support for 2-way NVIDIA SLI & also 3-way AMD Crossfire, although this requires the PCIe 2.0 x4 chipset slot.

Memory support is provided up to lớn 64GB, and this motherboard is rated up to DDR4-3200 by MSI.The memory slots feature MSI’s Steel Armor, & similarly there is PCIe reinforcement for the two main slots that are powered by the CPU.

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The base performance of the X370 XPower was on par with the motherboards we have tested so far. In our gaming tests we found the XPower lớn be somewhat a little lackluster by a percentage point or two, although nothing majorly stood out as abnormal. A particular highlight was the performance of MSIs Audio Boost 4 onboard audio which is essentially a commonly found Realtek ALC1220 codec, but with a supplementary operational amplifier in the form of a Texas Instruments OPA1652. Audio is usually overlooked when purchasing a motherboard, but MSI seem to be on the right track.

Overclocking

As we have found out through various B350/X370 motherboard đánh giá so far, our AMD Ryzen 7 1700 ($299) eight-core processor sample isn’t the greatest of silicon, but it does stretch out to lớn 3.90 GHz at 1.375 Vwith full stability under OCCT and Prime95. The MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium features Click BIOS 5 which is easy to navigate around và is one of the visually more appealing UEFI BIOSes on the market. Achieving simple overclocks such as 3.8 GHz & 3.9 GHz on the Ryzen 7 1700 ($299) was as simple as it could be.

Without changing any other setting other than the CPU chip core ratio lớn the x39 multiplier and manually entering the voltage lớn 1.375 V, it booted into Windows first time and provided stability throughout the găng testing and actual testing. In the Windows 10 64-bit OS và with the CPU Loadline Calibration phối to auto on our chip, CPU-Z was reading out a chip core voltage of 1.368 Vwhen under full load.

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MSI includes a dedicated one-touch overclocking button called game Boost, which can be adjusted physically và in the BIOS. Each of the seven different overclocking presets yieldboth multiplier changes và CPU voltage modifications.

Note: Each setting applied by trò chơi Boost disablesthe AMD Cool’n’Quiet feature và disablesSmart fan Control on the CPU 1 & PUMP header.

MSI XPower Gaming TitaniumGame Boost Settings
SettingMultiplerCore Voltage
1x34.01.45 V
2x35.51.50 V
4x36.01.55 V
6x36.51.55 V
8x37.01.57 V
10x37.51.57 V
11x38.01.57 V

The maximum voltage we would considerto be 'safe' with an extreme cooling setup is around 1.45 volts. Above these levels is where AMD suggests that processor longevity could be affected. Automatic overclocking done by the motherboard manufacturers usually compensates extra for better stability on a wide range of silicon, however I would find it uncomprehensable khổng lồ run a Ryzen 7 1700 CPU on even a 360mm premium cooler, like the one featured on our thử nghiệm bench, with anything more than 1.45 voltsfor a 24/7 system, let alone with 1.57 Vfor a run of the mill clock speed like 3800MHz.

On the one hand there is over compensation, and on the other there are extreme measures, & MSI with its trò chơi Boost dialled it all. This is reckless, especially given that the temperatures, thepower consumption, và the longevity of the cpu is at stake.

Methodology

Our standard overclocking methodology is as follows. We select the automatic overclock options and test for stability with POV-Ray và OCCT khổng lồ simulate high-end workloads. These stability tests aim to lớn catch any immediate causes for memory or CPU errors.

For manual overclocks, based on the information gathered from previous testing, starts off at a nominal voltage và CPU multiplier, và the multiplier is increased until the stability tests are failed. The CPU voltage is increased gradually until the stability tests are passed, and the process repeated until the motherboard reduces the multiplier automatically (due lớn safety protocol) or the CPU temperature reaches a stupidly high màn chơi (100ºC+). Our test bed is not in a case, which should push overclocks higher with fresher (cooler) air.

Overclocking Results

Referencing back khổng lồ the Biostar X370GTN review, our Ryzen 7 1700 CPU does have a limitation between 3.9 GHz và 4.0 GHz; at least on the boards we have tested thus far. This is down to silicon lottery and a combination of a sharp ramp of voltage to temperature when moving up each different step.