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MSI’s Firmware on the new X670E boards are similar to the last gen and its Intel counterparts. It starts out with an EZ Mode that displays high-level system information and allows you to change some settings including EXPO profiles for RAM, boot order, and more. The advanced portion of the BIOS is unique compared to the others. Where normally the headers/sections are across the top they are on the left and right sides with a graphic in the middle. Navigating around the BIOS is easy and the contrast of black, red, and white make for easy reading too. All items are in logical places, and you don’t need to dig deep into the menus for most overclocking functionality. Overall, we like the layout and its ease of use.
For software, MSI chose to place their applications in one program called MSI Center (formerly Dragon Center). This software allows you to select and download individual applets you want/need. Some of the programs include Mystic Light (RGB control), User Scenario (overclocking, monitoring, and fan control), Super Charger, MSI Companion (help record games), and there are several more.
Test System / Comparison Products
We’ve updated our test system to Windows 11 64-bit OS with all updates applied. We kept the same Asus TUF RTX 3070 video card from our previous testing platforms but updated the driver. Additionally, we updated to F1 22 for our games and kept Far Cry 6. We use the latest non-beta motherboard BIOS available to the public unless otherwise noted. The hardware we used is as follows:
Test System Components
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 9 7950X|
|Memory||GSkill Trident Z DDR5-5600 CL36 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK)|
|Row 2 - Cell 0||Kingston Fury Beast DDR5-6000 CL36 (KF560C36BBEAK2-32)|
|GPU||Asus TUF RTX 3070|
|Cooling||Coolermaster MasterLiquid PL360 Flux|
|PSU||EVGA Supernova 850W P6|
|Software||Windows 11 64-bit (22H2, Build 22622.601)|
|Graphics Driver||NVIDIA Driver 522.25|
|Sound||Integrated HD audio|
|Network||Integrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)|
EVGA supplied our Supernova 850W P6 power supply (appropriately sized and more efficient than the 1.2KW monster we used previously) for our test systems, and G.Skill sent us a DDR5-5600 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK) memory kit for testing.
|Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings||Row 0 - Cell 1|
|Procyon||Version 2.1.459 64|
|Row 2 - Cell 0||Office Suite (Office 365), Video Editing (Premiere Pro 22.214.171.124), Photo Editing (Photoshop 23.5.1, Lightroom Classic 11.5)|
|3DMark||Version 2.22.7359 64|
|Row 4 - Cell 0||Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets|
|Cinebench R23||Version RBBENCHMARK330542|
|Row 6 - Cell 0||Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded|
|Row 8 - Cell 0||Full benchmark (all 3 tests)|
|Application Tests and Settings||Row 9 - Cell 1|
|LAME MP3||Version SSE2_2019|
|Row 11 - Cell 0||Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)|
|HandBrake CLI||Version: 1.2.2|
|Row 13 - Cell 0||Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX)|
|Corona 1.4||Version 1.4|
|Row 15 - Cell 0||Custom benchmark|
|Row 17 - Cell 0||Integrated benchmark (Command Line)|
|Game Tests and Settings||Row 18 - Cell 1|
|Far Cry 6||Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HD Textures ON|
|F1 2022||Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, Ultra High (default) Bahrain (Clear/Dry), FPS Counter ON|
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Joe Shields is a Freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US. He reviews motherboards.
Is is possible to also cover maximum RAM extension concerning the RAM slots? I own this board and have massive stabilitity issues with four RAM bars. I read that this may be a common issue.Reply