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MSI X370 SLI PLUS Gaming Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket AM4 in Motherboards | Posted: May 9, 2017 1:34 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSI

Overclocking Results

 

CPU Overclocking

 

AMD's Ryzen platform is quite new; AMD and its partners are working very hard on fixing issues and getting things to work across the board. The CPU also doesn't validate that much higher than its maximum stable frequency. Memory overclocking is topped at 3200MHz on most motherboards, and bus adjustment is also very tricky. Don't get me wrong, the CPU can overclock, mine does 4.0GHz, and the best I can get a kit is to 3000MHz. I will go through and tell you exactly what I did to achieve my maximum stable overclock, and as AMD's ecosystem of compatible memory kits becomes larger, I will add in a memory compatibility section.

 

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The X370 SLI PLUS overclocks the CPU fairly easily; it almost seems like AMD has taken total control over overclocking implementation. On every single motherboard I have reviewed I can get to my maximum overclock, the same auto voltage is applied (1.35v), and depending on the VRM and LLC the system is stable, but maximum temperatures vary. The X370 SLI PLUS took my CPU to 4GHz easily, but memory overclocking was not so straightforward. I think that might not be MSI's problem but rather changes made in AEGIS code update, I wasn't able to get my kit to 2933MHz; instead, I was limited to 2666MHz.

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