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MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Motherboard Review

We will be outlining the MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium motherboard’s performance with the Ryzen 7 1800X CPU and 16GB of 3200MHz G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 memory.


Stock voltage hovered around 1.264V under Cinebench load. MSI’s level is around 20mV lower than we observed on ASUS’ ROG Crosshair VI Hero and Gigabyte’s Aorus AX370-Gaming 5. This was using the latest 1.26 BIOS.

AM4 Motherboard Test System:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (3.6-4.0GHz + 4.1GHz XFR).
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 DDR4 @ 1.35V.
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX Titan X Pascal (custom fan curve to eliminate thermal throttling).
  • System Drive: 525GB Crucial MX300 SATA 6Gbps SSD.
  • Games Drive: 960GB SK Hynix SE3010 SATA 6Gbps SSD.
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15.
  • Power Supply: Seasonic Platinum 1000W.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Anniversary Update).

Comparison AM4 Motherboards:

  • ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero.
  • Gigabyte Aorus AX370-Gaming 5.

Software:

  • MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium BIOS 1.26 (latest).
  • GeForce 378.49 VGA drivers.

Tests:

  • Cinebench R15 – All-core CPU benchmark (CPU)
  • HandBrake 0.10.5 – Convert 6.27GB 4K video recording using the Normal Profile setting and MP4 container (CPU)
  • SiSoft Sandra 2016 SP1 – Processor Arithmetic Test (CPU) and Memory Bandwidth Test (Memory)
  • 7-Zip 16.04 – Built-in 7-Zip benchmark test (CPU & Memory)
  • 3DMark Fire Strike v1.1 – Fire Strike (1080p) test (Gaming)
  • Ashes of the Singularity – Built-in benchmark tool CPU-Focused test, 1920 x 1080, Extreme quality preset, DX12 version (Gaming)
  • Grand Theft Auto V – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Maximum quality settings, Maximum Advanced Graphics (Gaming)
  • Metro: Last Light Redux – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Very High quality, SSAA, AF 16X, Tessellation: High (Gaming)
  • ATTO – M.2, USB 3.1, and SATA 6Gbps transfer rates (Motherboard)
  • RightMark Audio Analyzer – Record and playback test using a line-in to line-out loopback with a 3.5mm audio cable (Motherboard)

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