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MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Review

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MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK CLoser Look:

Every motherboard manufacturer has its own set of software tools that best work with its hardware; MSI is no different in that respect. What MSI included with the X299 Gaming M7 ACK are some newer applications, as well some of the staples that get updates to improve the functionality over previous versions.

Smart Tool is used to create a Windows installation drive using a flash disk. CPU-Z is a diagnostic tool that provides a wealth of real-time information about the installed system components including the CPU, Ratio Memory, motherboard, and GPU. Included in the latest version is a basic benchmark with comparative results from current processors from Intel and AMD. Fast Boot is a tool that lets you boot straight into the OS reducing the boot time. MSI SuperCharger is used to enable a higher current charging port to be used to reduce charging time on your mobile devices.

 

 

 

MSI RAMDisk As we have seen with other manufacturers, tuning and tweaking the installed hardware for maximum performance can be accomplished in many ways. Improving game or program load times are one application for this kind of software. If you are using 16 to 32GB of DRAM, you can easily set up a small virtual drive out of your unused DRAM. It's as easy as choosing the total DRAM commitment and applying the settings. Viewing the CrystalDiskMark results shows just how much faster this dynamic volume is than accessing a disk drive or solid state drive. To say the access speed is an improvement is a bit of an understatement.

 

 

Killer Control Center is used to prioritize or manage LAN connectivity at the port or program level. The interface includes several basic tabs, including a performance test and information about the hardware/software combination. Under the application radio button is where you can manage traffic at the program level or set up the access based on a series of presets. MSI went with a Killer Networks E2500 Gigabit LAN on this board and is using its interface to manage the device.

 

 

 

Gaming App: This handy little application has a lot of uses packed into one tool. Up front, you can set several clock speed modes to boost performance with nothing more than pushing the selection and applying the change. OC Mode, Gaming Mode, and Silent Mode are your options. The LED radio button gets you into the control section for MSI's Mystic Lighting feature. If you are using mobile control you can change the LED lighting profile of the board through the Gaming App or via your smartphone. MSI's Mystic Sync lighting feature lets you control the RGB lighting on hardware that supports Mystic Sync. This list continues to grow! The OSD tool allows you to display the data you choose on the screen while gaming!  Eye Rest allows you to change the color tone of the display to reduce eye strain. Gaming Hotkey and Mouse Master are tools that let you create customized macros and hotkeys for those repetitive moves while gaming.  

 

 

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MSI X-Boost is another part of MSI's software suite that is used to optimize the operation of the board. From setting up the software and hardware to best perform with VR Boost functionality to increasing storage performance, this tool is able to improve responsiveness without a lot of work from the user.

 

 

Command Center is MSI's tuning and monitoring program. This application has come a long way and features a red and black interface to go along with the theme. There are four functional areas with a few sub menus to include the CPU, DRAM, IGP, and OC Genie 4. The CPU section allows the user to modify the clock speed and multiplier, increasing the speed of the processor. Voltage adjustments are available for all the pertinent voltages under the advanced menu at the bottom of the page. While not specifically spelled out with its own tab, the fan control feature set can be set to run in Smart Mode or in a manually configured mode with a new auto-tuning feature. DRAM functionality is much more limited with only the DRAM voltage being configurable. Game Boost is a useful tool to set a modest or robust overclock without having to take the time to tweak a bunch of settings in the BIOS.

 

 

The advanced section at the bottom of the utility allows access to three separate menus: Voltage, Fan, and DRAM. The voltage option allows the user to manually configure the voltages needed to run the processor and memory at max speed, or tune for the lowest voltages when running stock speeds. The fan section is where you will allow the fans to be tuned by the board's controller or set up manual profiles. The DRAM section allows for tuning memory sub-timings from within the OS to help you find the best combination of settings. Under the sensor section, you can view the system and CPU temperatures. 

 

 

 

 

Command Center Remote Server is a tool that you can use to control the system via a mobile device, such as your Android or iOS-based smartphone or tablet. Simply download the application and get started.

 

 

As usual, MSI delivers a fully updated, easy-to-use set of tools that bring value to the table and add functionality to the equation. A fully functioning software suite is a must in today's competitive motherboard sales environment. Using this full suite of tools, MSI has the bases covered.




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