MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X Motherboard Review: Page 5 of 8

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

Software

MSI has included a number of software applications with the Z170A Krait Gaming 3X. The first one we will be looking at is MSI Command Center. This is utility used for overclocking inside the Windows environment.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

The first tab is the CPU tab and allows for CPU overclocking and fan adjustments.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

The DRAM tab allows control over the system’s memory.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

The IGP tab has settings for Intel’s integrated graphics processor.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

The Game Boost tab is allows for preset CPU overclocking. The i5 6600K gets clocked to 4.1 GHz while the i7 6700K gets clocked to 4.4 GHz.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

The USB tab allows for easily setting of various USB devices.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

Up next is the MSI Gaming App.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

Eye Rest sets reminder to ensure eye strain is lessened during prolonged use of the system.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

OSD has setting to display various system sensors reading on screen.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

Gaming Hotkey allows the user to set specific functions to specific keyboard keys.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

Mouse Macro allows for recording and playback of common mouse functions.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

Live Update 6 checks for software updates and keeps track of changes made.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

M-Cloud is a remote storage utility.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

Gaming LAN Manager is used for network agjustments.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

RAMDisk is a utility that can be used to create a system drive using the system memory. System memory is far faster than regular drives and can increase system performance.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

There is also a pair of audio utilities. The first one is Realtek Audio Manager which offers basic control over the audio functions. The second one is Nahimic and it offers more advanced effects and control.

 

Now onto Performance Testing.

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