MSI is giving the X370 chipset its Titanium treatment with the vendor’s flagship AM4 motherboard. The MSI X370 XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM is quite a mouthful but it’s also an amazing-looking motherboard. The XPower line from MSI has, in recent years, been their “top of the line” offering. Add the Titanium for that silvery finish and you have a sharp-looking powerhouse to base your build on. It comes loaded with extras and has a unique styling which sets this board apart from its siblings. So let’s dig in and get a closer look at the board’s performance and features compared to some of the competition.
The Titanium is built around the AM4 socket and sports the AMD X370 chipset supporting the current AMD Ryzen line of CPUs and upcoming AMD 7th Gen APUs and Athlons. This board has support for up to 64 GB of dual channel DDR4 with speeds of 3200 MHz (OC). On the graphics end we have three full length PCIe 3.0 slots for discrete cards which support NVIDIA SLI or AMD Crossfire for multiple cards. The XPower Gaming Titanium also has a DisplayPort and a HDMI 2.0 port to support the Ryzen-based A series CPUs with integrated Radeon graphics which should be launching soon.
The good news is that MSI X370 Xpower Titanium motherboard works wonderfully well with all unlocked Ryzen processors. But, that is what the X370 chipset is made for, and any motherboard with this chipset will do just that. What actually sets this motherboard apart is the sheer amount of functionality packed into it.
MSI packages all its utilities and apps in a single software DVD. It has a lot of stuff, and we weren’t particularly thrilled by the bloatware. Our advice, just install the required drivers and the main suites. Do not opt for the additional add-on packages. Everything your motherboard can do is controllable through the main app, including the RGB Mystic Light feature. This lighting feature allows for over 16.8 million colors with 17 effects!
Overclocking is easy with the included software. Instead of manually changing frequencies and voltage, you can just increase the CPU speed multipliers, and the software takes care of the rest. The same package allows for overclocking DDR4 RAM to frequencies above 3200 MHz. Basically, all your overclocking requirements are met in a single dashboard on Windows.
- Supports AMD® RYZEN Series processors and 7th Gen A-series / Athlon™ Processors for socket AM4
- Supports DDR4-3200+(OC) Memory
- DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
- VR Ready and VR Boost: Best virtual reality game experience without latency, reduces motion sickness
- Mystic Light Extension and Mystic Light Sync: Control all LEDs in system with one click by GAMING APP or mobile devices
- Turbo M.2 with M.2 Shield. Turbo U.2 with Steel Armor, Lightning USB 3.1 Gen2
- Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic 2: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
- GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel® : The best online gaming experience with lowest latency and bandwidth management
- BIOS Flashback+: Easy BIOS recovery without the need of a CPU, memory and VGA card
- Military Class 5, Guard-Pro: Latest evolution in high quality components for best protection and efficiency
- MULTI-GPU: With Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports NVIDIA SLI™ & AMD Crossfire™
- In-Game Weapons: Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost, Xsplit Gamecaster
- EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
- Click BIOS 5: Award-winning BIOS with high resolution scalable font, favorites and search function
- GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on and offline game and motherboard testing by eSports players
- WHQL certified for Windows 10
The X370 XPower Gaming Titanium is more than just good looks. It’s ready to handle whatever overclock you can throw at it. 4.0 GHz at 1.45v was quite easy, thanks to the well laid-out Click BIOS 5. Some might not feel comfortable running that much voltage 24/7. Luckily, 3.8 GHz can be had at a much lower 1.35v and is still a quite satisfying boost. For those who are adventurous enough, the X370 XPower Gaming Titanium has also proven that it’s a quite capable of pumping out even more impressive numbers when DICE or LN2 are utilized.
General layout is very good, with every connecter, jack, and switch in their proper places. I was rather surprised how much room there was around the CPU socket. The angles of the VRM heatsinks surrounding the CPU socket made cooler installation much easier than most of the enthusiast boards at this price.
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