MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic Intel Motherboard Review: Page 6 of 9
Posted by Damon Bailey on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 8:00am
One of the most annoying parts of a new build can be tracking down all the drivers and software you need. MSI makes this incredibly easy on their boards with the MSI App Manager. Simply load this up, and let it download and install everything else.
Once you let App Manager install Live Update 6, you can turn around and use it to install all the missing drivers, as well as update the ones Windows managed to find on its own. Simply click the ‘Total Install’ button and get everything all in one clean sweep.
MSI’s Mystic Light app is your one stop shop to adjusting all of the boards lighting, as well as that of anything you have connected to the RGB headers and some other compatible RGB capable devices.
Another great piece of software is MSI’s X-Boost. This software package allows you to select different performance profiles for your machine depending on what you are doing.
Home Theater, for example, maxes out your audio performance and gives slight boosts to CPU, GPU, and storage performance. By proxy, this also increases power consumption a bit which is also indicated.
If you frequently use your computer as a power source for charging your phone or tablet, MSI’s Super Charger app will kick a few specific USB ports on your machine into high gear for fast charging your devices.
DPC LATENCY TUNER is a convenient tool that helps you optimize your PC settings to get a smooth audio/video playback experience and a more responsive system. For instance, you can regulate the CPU, iGPU ratio and DRAM frequency easily when playing different games or running different intensive programs.
Command Center gives you full access to all of your basic overclocking settings right from your desktop. You can make on-the-fly adjustments to clocks, multipliers, and voltages even mid benchmark.
Gaming LAN Manager gives you total control over the onboard Intel Gigabit LAN and the traffic in and out of it. Seeing what is using up your bandwidth and slowing you down is great, but you can also manage and prioritize traffic to make sure lag is never an issue.