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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

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 SLI PLUS doesn't have the strongest VRM, it is basic compared to other motherboards, but average compared to other motherboards in this price range. At this sub $150 price bracket, we cannot expect anything too fancy. The PWM controller heats up even at stock, and at load, it does get hotter. I was surprised the VRM held up, and at 4GHz it was okay and didn't throttle the CPU.

 

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

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