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MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Review

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MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Testing:

Testing this new platform will involve running it through OCC's test suite of benchmarks, which includes both synthetic benchmarks and real-world applications, to see how each of these products perform. The gaming tests will also consist of both synthetic benchmarks and actual gameplay, in which we can see if similarly prepared setups offer any performance advantages. The system will receive a fully updated, fresh install of Windows 10 Professional 64-bit edition, in addition to the latest drivers for each board and NVIDIA drivers for the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition. In the past we had locked the clock speed on the processor to eliminate any easily controlled variables due to processor speed. However, there is a difference in how each manufacturer handles the CPU default and boost speeds, creating opportunity for one board to deliver a higher level of performance. This variable is a point of difference between boards. The majority of users will run the stock settings, making this point a valid concern, so we are changing up the test methods to capture this difference.

Testing Setup: AMD AM4 Ryzen 7

  • Processors: AMD Ryzen R7 1800X
  • CPU Cooling: Corsair H110i
  • Motherboard: MSI X370 XPower Titanium 
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance 3200Mhz 16GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition
  • Power Supply: Corsair RM1000x
  • Hard Drive: Corsair Force GT 240GB SATA 3
  • Optical Drive: Lite-On Blu-Ray
  • Case: Corsair 780T
  • OS: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit

 

 

Comparison Motherboard:

  • Gigabyte AX370-Gaming 5 Aorus

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

 

As I saw when I first looked at the Ryzen 7 1800X, the overall maximum core clock speed on this architecture is currently in the 4.0GHz to 4.2GHz range for most users. Some chips do a little better, some a little worse. When I tested this one on the Gigabyte AX370-Gaming 5 Aourus getting to 4.1GHz was nigh on impossible even with voltages that were significantly higher than the attached cooling solution could handle. In my initial testing, 4050MHz was it while tuning manually. A few BIOS updates later and that board / CPU combination moves up to 4090MHz, but still will not cross that 4100MHz line. Much like I found with this board from MSI, where 4099MHz would run all day long, but 4100MHz was a no go again no matter the voltage using a Corsair AIO.

There are multiple pathways to overclocking a Ryzen processor on the X370 Titanium Gaming. Manually tuning the parameters in MSI's BIOS works well and will easily get you about all the processor can handle for every day use. In this case it was 4099MHz using an applied 1.45v in the BIOS with the LLC set to the most aggressive point. Using AMD's Ryzen Master overclocking tool is an easy-to-use piece of software and takes just hitting the profile you want to try and applying the change. MSI's Command Center is an application that is somewhat limited, but can get you started by trying out some settings in the operating system environment without getting to aggressive. If you do, you will know right away anyhow as the AMD hardware likes to give you a locked black screen if stability is compromised. Last on the list is MSI's Game Boost button that can be used as a set it and forget it overclock. It is easy to go well above your hardware's capabilities, so adjust this tool carefully.

 

 

Maximum Core Clock Speed:

Each CPU has been tested for stability at the listed overclocked speeds. These clock speeds will represent the level of performance shown by the overclocked scores in the testing.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. PCMark 8
  2. SiSoft Sandra 2016
  3. Cinebench R15
  4. HW.bot X265 Benchmark
  5. AIDA64
  6. CrystalDiskMark
  7. ATTO
  8. iPerf
  9. Rightmark Audio Analyzer
  • Gaming:
  1. 3DMark
  2. Tom Clancy's The Division
  3. Hitman (2016)



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