MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X Motherboard Review: Page 4 of 8

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Posted by Heath Coop on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 8:00am

System Configuration and BIOS

Testing Hardware

  • MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X
  • Intel Core i7 6700K Processor
  • Kingston HyperX Fury 2666MHz DRR4 Memory
  • PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo Graphics Card
  • Crucial M550 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Spotswood Small Tech Station
  • XFX PRO850W XXX Edition 850w Silver Power Supply

Drivers

  • Radeon Crimson 16.4.1

CPU Cooling:

  • Swiftech H320 X2 Prestige AIO

Testing Operating System:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home

General System Benchmarks:

  • PCMark 8
  • Super Pi

CPU Benchmarks:

  • Fritz Chess
  • Handbrake
  • Cinibench R15
  • 7-Zip

Memory Benchmarks:

  • AIDA64 Engineer
  • Passmark Performance Test 8.0
  • SiSoft Sandra

Storage Benchmarks:

  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0
  • AS SSD
  • Passmark Performance Test 8.0

Game Benchmarks:

  • 3Dmark
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Thief
  • Tomb Raider

BIOS

The Z170A Krait Gaming 3X BIOS is similar to the previous generation of MSI motherboards. The sheer number of screens and settings are far too numerous to display here, so we will just take a look at the basics. The screens are fairly self-explanatory.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

THe UEFI BIOS is where all the overclocking action really happens. There are two modes, EZ and Advanced. EZ allows for simpler changes, while Advanced has every imaginable setting for clock speed or voltage is available, for both the CPU and the memory. Multiple profiles can be saved and named. Recent settings can be recalled.

I found the BIOS to be flexible and easy to use. I did not have any difficulty finding the settings that I wanted to change and everything seemed to be logically laid out.

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