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MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Review

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MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Conclusion:

Overall, I was very pleased with the performance I was able to get out of the X370 XPower Gaming Titanium. The board is easy to use and provides an excellent user experience. Stock performance is going to fall in a set envelope for the most part and that plays out when you look at the stock results. The overclocked results were fairly similar as well with my specific Ryzen 7 1800X. It is, at best, a 4.1GHz processor with more voltage than the cooling could handle. However, at the edge it still performed admirably in the X370 XPower Gaming Titanium.

Running at stock speeds won't do for the most part and MSI makes it easy to get the most out of the processor by having an easy to navigate and use BIOS implementation in the Click BIOS 5. The OC section is well laid out and easy to understand. Saving your settings profiles in the BIOS is easy, but just make sure you take some screenshots if you are updating the BIOS. Using the Game Boost button allows the user to use the preset clock speed options that go from rather mundane to speeds well above what the Ryzen chips I have are capable of. No harm there as you have a way to get to your overclock with little hassle.

Having a great BIOS and the Game Boost function are excellent options, but without the hardware to back it up you usually end up with wasted time and effort trying to get to your OC goals. MSI's Military Class 5 components give the board the backbone it needs to be able to get the max potential from your parts. In this case, it gave me all my parts had.

Much like every board partner, early BIOS's had issues getting memory up and over 3000MHz. This board was no different and just before I pulled it down, I updated to the latest BIOS from late June and 3200MHz was a breeze where I had a no boot at that speed up and through my testing. The key here, though, is MSI got it fixed.

While I could not get my RIAA testing to prove out what I was hearing, the ALC 1220-based sound solution was up to the task and delivered great sound through my headphones. With crisp highs and deep lows, it sounded great. Visually, the Titanium silver color theme is pretty interesting, to say the least. Mixed with the Mystic LED lighting, you get a board that gives you some color without a dark hole in the depths of the chassis. Kind of a bright spot in the storm, if you will.

Priced attractively at $259 normally, but currently at $249 with rebates, the board's price tag is not off putting for what you get. If you are looking for a board to build your new Ryzen system on, this offering is not a bad choice. It sports the latest storage technology and a bulletproof hardware package.

 

Pros:

  • Unique visuals
  • Overclocking
  • Storage options
  • Click BIOS 5 
  • Military Class 5 
  • Guard Pro
  • Game Boost button
  • Mystic Light Sync
  • Sound

 

Cons:

  • Sound Testing with RIAA
  • Memory support


 

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