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MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Review

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MSI X370 XPower Gaming Titanium Testing:

LAN performance will be tested via a utility to gauge the performance of the onboard network solutions. The motherboard being tested will be connected via a Gigabit switch to another system with an integrated Gigabit network solution on board.

iPerf is a small lightweight utility run from the command prompt and can be used to measure both TCP and UDP performance on a network. iPerf is cross-platform software and open source. The test is configured to run for 20 seconds with a window size of 256 KB and four simultaneous streams that should be able to saturate the TCP link on a good NIC.

 

RightMark Audio Analyzer 6.25 is used to test the sound solution on board each motherboard. Nothing beats a good set of ears and headphones, but this is a graphic representation of the capabilities of the installed hardware. Sampling mode is 24-bit 44kHz.

 

LAN performance is what I would expect on my test bench and I see pretty much between 949Mbits and 944Mbits depending on the board. MSI's board delivered on the higher end of that scale. Using MSI's Gaming LAN manager you can prioritze network traffic or limit bandwidth on a by application model. In the RIAA test suite, the MSI XPower Gaming Titanium did not seem to fare well at all despite repeated tests and driver updates. That being said, for day to day use it fared just fine while using my headphones. I listened to a variety of music from hardcore metal to hard rock and jazz. In each scenario the sound did not seem off or degraded. Watching some of my go-to movies, I found the sound again to be warm and  replicated well. Gaming proved to be about the same with some Battlefield 1 playback. MSI has improved its product with Audio Boost 4. The RIAA results just do not bare out the results. 




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