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MSI X370 Krait Gaming Motherboard Review (Page 10)

By Steven Bassiri from Apr 12, 2017 @ 7:14 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: MSI

Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption

System power is measured at the wall with an AC power meter.

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Note on Thermal Images: In the temperature section, we use our Seek thermal imaging camera to capture the surface temperatures of major components on the board. I look at the VRM and then all other things that light up the screen. If there is something to worry about, then I will state it. Otherwise, I will just show the hotter running parts of the board for fun. Unless some component is over 80-90C, then there isn't anything to worry about.

All systems will act differently, so I will look for commonalities, such as how far from the VRM the heat spreads through the PCB and the difference in temperature between the front side and backside of the PCB. Keep in mind, the majority of the heat from the VRM goes into the PCB as it is a giant soldered on copper heat sink. A larger difference in temperature between the back and front of the PCB points towards a more effective heat sink.

Thermal Testing at Stock Speeds:

The image on the left is always at idle, and the image on the right is at load. During ALL TESTS, fans above the VRM that cool the CPU cooler's (Corsair H110i) radiator are turned on to high (12v).

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Full frontal.

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Up-close of the front of the VRM.

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Up-close of the back of the VRM.

The X370 Krait Gaming's thermal performance is average. Many vendors are using high-end components, as MSI does with their XPower X370 motherboard, because of the high power requirements of Ryzen when overclocked. The VRM here will get the job done, but active cooling is recommended if you will run all cores at or above 4GHz.

Anything under 60C is great, 60-80C is acceptable, and anything above 80C is a bit worrisome (if at stock).

PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:

USUnited States: The MSI Gaming AMD Ryzen X370 DDR4 VR Ready HDMI USB 3 SLI CFX ATX Motherboard (X370 Krait Gaming) retails for $412.10 at Amazon.com

UKUnited Kingdom: The MSI X370 KRAIT GAMING AMD X370 S AM4 DDR4 SATA3 ATX Motherboard - Black retails for £158.84 at Amazon.co.uk

AUAustralia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.com.au

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