I love MSI BIOSes, it’s so simple to use. I can select EZ mode which allows me to setup the motherboard with only a few clicks.
In Advanced mode, you get more options to adjust CPU ratios, voltages, memory speeds, timings, XMP profiles and more.
For our tests, we used a test rig which includes the MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC Motherboard, along with an Intel Core i7-8700K at default clock speed of 3.7GHz boost 4.7GHz), as well as 16GB of TeamGroup T-Force XCalibur RGB DDR4-4000 ram in dual channel mode.
All tests were conducted at turbo clock speeds at a resolution of 1920×1080. High or Ultra settings enabled.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-8700K @ 3.7GHz / Boost @ 4.7GHz|
|Cooling||Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler|
|Motherboard||MSI MPG Z390I Gaming Edge AC Motherboard|
|Ram||2 x 8GB of TeamGroup T-Force XCalibur RGB DDR4-4000|
|XMP 2.0 profiles||Memory timings : 18-20-20-44 @1.35v|
|SSD/HDD||ADATA SX8200 M.2 PCIe Gen 3×4 SSD|
|PSU||Thermaltake SmartPower Pro 750W PSU|
|VGA card||Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 TI 8GB GDDR5|
|Nvidia Drivers||Latest Game Ready Drivers – WHQL|
Using the Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler, we managed to get an idle temperature of 39 degrees Celsius.
Load temperatures reached a high of 78 degrees Celsius … it’s quite high, but our Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler Air Cooler was able to handle it. We do highly recommend you use an AIO liquid cooler or a custom loop.