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MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC Motherboard Review

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Introduction

While not the highest offering among the Enthusiast Gaming family of boards. The Gaming M7 position is arguably one of the most popular in the Lineup. It stands to Reason it would be one of the first to get the updates for AMD’s 2nd generation Ryzen processors, and today we get to look at MSI’s X470 Gaming M7 AC motherboard. To open up headroom for better overclockability, MSI doubles up on power delivery with a pair of 8-pin CPU power connections piped into the 14 phase VRM. Most of the favorites such as the twin drive Shield FROZR heatsink and Steel Armor protected slots return but let’s see what else MSI has under the hood!

ProClockers would like to thank MSI for sending the X470 Gaming M7 AC over to check out!

MSI’s Take on the X470 Gaming M7 AC:

Master the Game

With a unique look and feel, packed with exclusive gaming features, MSI ENTHUSIAST GAMING motherboards offer the best possible gaming experience.

  • Supports AMD® RYZENTM Desktop Processors and AMD® A-series / Athlon™ Processors for socket AM4
  • Supports DDR4-3600+(OC) Memory
  • M.2 SHIELD FROZR: Strengthened built-in M.2 thermal solution. Keeps M.2 safer and faster
  • DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
  • CORE Boost: With premium layout and full digital power design to support more cores and provide better performance.
  • MYSTIC LIGHT: 16.8 million colors / 17 effects controlled in one click.
  • MYSTIC LIGHT EXTENSION: supports both RGB and RAINBOW LED strip.
  • Dual 8 Pin power supply: By providing dual 8 pin connectors to ensure adequate power supply to unleash ultimate multi-core CPU performance.
  • Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic: Reward your ears with studio-grade sound quality for the most immersive gaming experience
  • Turbo M.2 with M.2 Shield FROZR.
  • Killer LAN: Get ready for the lowest latency with Killer’s exclusive network management to prioritize game traffic over any other network traffic.
  • BIOS Flashback+: Easy BIOS recovery without the need of a CPU, memory and VGA card
  • MULTI-GPU: With Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports NVIDIA SLI™ & AMD Crossfire™
  • In-Game Weapons: Game Boost, GAMING Hotkey, X-Boost, Voice Boost.
  • EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
  • Click BIOS 5: Award-winning BIOS with high-resolution scalable font, favorites, and search function
  • GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on and offline game and motherboard testing by eSports players
  • WHQL certified for Windows 10

Features & Specifications

FLAWLESS SUPREMACY

Personalize your gaming rig

Customize and set up your own color scheme with MSI Mystic Light utility. Select the available colors from the palette to match your system style. Bored with the same colors? Simply change the complete look of your system in 1 second!

SMARTPHONE & PC CONTROL

Create your own colorful masterpiece with ease. The easy to use MYSTIC LIGHT APP is available on PC, phone, and tablet. It offers remote control, simply using your smartphone or tablet. Make your PC look and feel brand new with any color you want with just a few clicks!

Stay cool while gaming

Cooling your PC is essential for reliable performance. We’ve made sure to include enough fan headers with full control to allow you to cool your system any way you want.

Looking cool while keeping cool

High-quality materials and smart fan optimizations contribute to cooling all essential components, which is key to making sure your system runs stable at the best performance during long gaming sessions.

AUTODETECT DC OR PWM MODE WITH HYSTERESIS

MSI fan headers automatically detect fans running in DC or PWM mode for optimal tuning of fan speeds and silence. Hysteresis also makes your fans spin up fluently to make sure your system stays silent, no matter what.

FAN MODE LED INDICATORS

Onboard LED indicators show if your fans are running in a mode that’s controllable or not. When the LED indicator is red, you have full control of your fan. If the LED indicator is green, it means your fan is running in a mode you cannot control.

TOTAL CONTROL IN BIOS AND SOFTWARE

Total Fan Control allows you to take control of your fans and check your primary system characteristics in a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets for CPU and motherboard, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.

OPTIMIZED FOR WATER COOLING

Designed to support the most popular All-In-One & custom water cooling solutions on the market. A dedicated water pump PIN header supports up to 2 amp, giving you full control of the water pump speed. A clearly marked ‘keep-out-zone’ allows for easy and safe installation and a perfect fit.

Sound that pulls you into the game

Get the most immersive sound experience when gaming. MSI Audio Boost delivers the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. This lets you enjoy breathtaking, game-changing sound to create the most exciting gameplay.

Designed for limitless tuning

Founded on experience and with a long history of creating the best performing motherboards packed with smart features, you can count on this motherboard to deliver the best performance under the most extreme conditions. Countless system tuning and troubleshooting tools are at your disposal to push your system to new heights and satisfy even the most demanding tweaker.

Packaging & Unboxing

MSI’s X470 Gaming M7 AC comes in MSI’s signature red-colored space background with a picture of the board taking up most of the front of the box.

The rear of the box highlights many of the features in the top left with basic specifications under it. The right side of the box has a picture of the board and a diagram of the rear I/O under it.

The top edge of the box has basic specs in more than a dozen languages.

The rest of the sides are mostly the MSI logs and the board model.

Opening the box us we find the board inside a clear ESD bag in its own cardboard tray.

Under the motherboard tray is all of the included accessories.

In the bottom of the box you get a manual, driver disk, SATA cables, M.2 screws, WiFi antennas, rear I/O shield RGB cables, cable label stickers and a thank you note from MSI.

A Closer Look

The X470 Gaming M7 AC looks very similar to the outgoing X370 Gaming M7 ACK at first glance. The dual EPS connections are new, and the RGB cover over the audio area of the board is absent.

The rear of the board doesn’t have much in the way of components, but there are a few things to note. MSI has provided a few areas marked as “Case standoff keep out area’s” where metal standoffs for other form-factors could land. The top left corner of the board has RGB lighting down the top half of the board.

The top of the board is the same familiar layout we’ve had more a long time now, CPU socket in the center roughly, memory slots to the right and rear I/O to the left. The VRM heatsink is now broken up into two parts, 6 phases under the top one and 8 phases on the rearmost segment. With the dual CPU power connections in the way, there is no heat pipe or anything connecting them. You get a fan header just above the first PCIe slot for a rear fan, and the main CPU cooling header is between the top VRM and DIMM slots, which could be hard to get to after installing a cooler and memory. Take that into account when building.

The bottom of the board has six PCIe slots, two main PCIe x16 with Steel Armor in a 16/0 or 8/8 configuration, the lower PCIe x16 is connected to the chipset at x4 speeds. Three PCIe x1 slots round out the card expansion. Two M.2 slots hide under the Shield FROZR cooler that also tackles the X470 chipset. The top slot can only do up to 32gbps PCIe 3.0 x4 from the CPU while the lower slot is limited to PCIe 2.0 x4 speeds (16gbps) or SATA from the chipset.

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Rear I/O is comprised of 2×2 Wi-Fi AC module, four USB 3.1 gen 1 ports, two USB 3.1 gen 2 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, Killer E2500 Gigabit LAN port, a PS/2 port, BIOS flash and Clear CMOS buttons, Gold plated audio jacks and optical Audio output.

There is two triangles shaped RGB zones on the rear I/O shield.

And the dragon emblem on the chipset cover also glows in RGB glory.

The Rear I/O cover pretty well completely encloses the Rear I/O instead of just covering it, providing a very smooth look.

There are quite a few ports and headers around the edge of the board. The lower left starts with front panel audio, an analog RGB header, 4-pin fan header, front panel connections, and a pair of USB 2.0 headers.

Towards the front, you get a USB 3.0 header, and USB 3.1 header, board-mounted power and reset buttons and MSI’s famous Game Boost knob. Ahead of that is an addressable RGB header, with the 2 digit display just above.

Going up the front you have another USB 3.0 header, six SATA ports, a fan header, the main 24-pin power, four EZ Debug LED’s and two more fan headers.

Across the top, you have an addressable RGB header that is directly compatible with Corsair Digital/PRO RGB products, another regular RGB header, and the twin EPS power connections.

The Shield FROZR cover features MSI’s signature Dragon emblem, as well as their log and the Enthusiast Gaming insignia.

System Configuration & BIOS

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

Motherboard: MSI X470 Gaming M7 AC

RAM: 16GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200Mhz

GPU: Galax GTX 1070 HOF

SSDs: Samsung 960 PRO 2TB

OS: Windows 10 Professional X64

MSI’s X470 Gaming M7 AC starts you out in the EZ Mode side of the UEFI BIOS. From here you have a few basic options under each category on the left, as well as some quick settings along the bottom. The top edge has the Game Boost dial, and the A-XMP button to kick your ram into high gear.

Under the memory tab, we see MSI adds an AMD optimized XMP profile at 2933MHz. out G.skill kit only has one XMP profile at 3200MHz.

The Fan Info tab shows CPU fan curves and some other information for each of the fan headers.

The help tab gives a quick overview of what the Game Boost settings do.

If you click the Hardware Monitor button on the lower left, you get a far more detail overview of not just system cooling, but a ton of other information on temps and voltages.

Hitting F7 brings you over to the advanced mode. You are again greeted with an organized layout broken down into a few main areas.

The Settings button gives you this menu.

System status and security are pretty self-explanatory, the advanced area has most of the good stuff like integrated peripheral control and power management.

The Boot sub-menu is a must if you have multiple drives. We also typically set the full-screen logo to off or disabled so we can see what is going on during testing.

The OC Menu is where things get fun. We’ll be tinkering around in here quite a bit later in the review.

There are quite a few settings in here to let you tune your particular system.

The M-Flash tool on the lower left corner is about our first stop, as usually we always apply the latest BIOS before testing.

Software

 

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.

One of the software packages you will want is the Killer Control center. Here you can see everything that uses the internet from your PC and assign each thing a priority and/or bandwidth limit so that nothing gets in the way of your game, but you can still do things like download music and stream to your Twitch fans.

This is a partial list of everything that reached out over the internet, on a brand new build.

Another handy feature for urban builders is the WiFi Analyzer. This will help you find the least congested channels for your Wifi. I live too far from anyone else to pick up other Wifi, but once upon a time, I would have been able to make great use of this myself.

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.

Nearly every important voltage can be tweaked from the Command Center as well, here was during an overclocking run so a few voltages are elevated above normal.

 

The last important piece of software we’ll cover is the Command Center. This brings most of the important overclocking features from the BIOS right into Windows with you from clock speeds to voltages to fan control.

If you are part of the Android crowd, you can run the mobile version of the Command Center from your Android device and adjust your computer’s clocks on the fly, even while in game.

Also in the command center is software access to MSI’s Game Boost feature where you can quite literally crank it to ‘11’.  The dial on the board is quite handy until you put the door back on your case, so software access to this feature is nice. As with all automatic overclocking features on any brand or board, top overclocks will be highly dependent on the ‘silicon lottery’ and how decent a piece of silicon your particular CPU is. Just because there is a very high preset doesn’t mean every single CPU can do it. Interestingly, it hasn’t been updated to show set points for the 2nd generation CPUs yet.

The Last one in the list is MSI’s smart tool. This will allow you to create Windows 7 installation media that will work with modern platforms Microsoft doesn’t want you using it on.

Performance & Testing

All benchmarks are run using stock settings on the CPU, which leaves XFR2 enabled for some automatic boosting. We set our ram to its XMP rated speeds of 3200MHz @ 16-18-18-38. Games where ran at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and higher presets used as indicated.

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General Performance Testing

  • Futuremark PCMark 10
  • Principled Technologies WebXPRT 2015
  • Passmark Performance Test 9.0

CPU Performance

  • Super Pi – Mod 1.5
  • Cinebench R15
  • 7-zip

Memory Performance

  • AIDA64
  • Passmark  – Memory Mark
  • SiSoft Sandra

Storage Performance

  • CrystalDiskMark 6.0.0
  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • AS SSD Benchmark

Synthetic Gaming Performance

  • Futuremark 3DMark Firestrike
  • Futuremark 3DMark Timespy

Real Gaming Performance

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Far Cry 5
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

 

PCMark 10

PCMark 10 is the complete benchmark for the modern office. It is the ideal test for organizations that are evaluating PCs for a workforce with a range of performance needs. The tests in this benchmark cover a wide range of activities from everyday productivity tasks to demanding work with digital media content.
PCMark 10 uses a modular approach to build relevant benchmark tests around common end-user scenarios. A Test Group is a collection of workloads that share a common theme or purpose. There are four test groups in PCMark 10, we use three of them. Essentials: covers the common, everyday ways that people use a PC. The workloads include Web Browsing, Video Conferencing, and App Start-up time.  Productivity: measures system performance with everyday office applications. This test group includes the Spreadsheets and Writing workloads. Digital Content Creation: This test group’s workload reflects the demands of working with digital content and media. The tests include Photo Editing, Video Editing, and Rendering and Visualization.

MSI’s X470 Gaming M7 AC scores well in PCMark 10, trading blows with our other X470 sample, but leading in Content Creation by a good chunk.

WebXPRT 2015

WebXPRT 2013 uses scenarios created to mirror the tasks you do every day to compare the performance of almost any Web-enabled device. It contains four HTML5- and JavaScript-based workloads: Photo Effects, Face Detect, Stocks Dashboard, and Offline Notes.  WebXPRT is run with the latest stable release version of Google Chrome browser, in this case, Version 61.

Our browser based test comes in at a strong 761 points +/- a tight 10 points.

PassMark PerformanceTest 9
Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark PerformanceTest allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.

PassMark’s Performance Test 9 is another close battle with less than a 30 point spread.

CPU Performance Testing

Super PI Modded 1.5

“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environments such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”

Super Pi is highly single threaded and this will fall well into the wheelhouse of XFR/XFR2 boosting. The M7 AC brings in a snappy time more than 10 seconds faster than our other X470 sample.

CINEBENCH R15

“CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Life of Pi or Prometheus and much more.CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and OS X). And best of all: It’s completely free.”

Cinebench can use all available threads and cores and here the MSI board trails by a fraction of a percent.

7-Zip

The benchmark shows a rating of MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken.

7zip is another very tight race with the MSI board coming in just a few points behind the Crosshair, within margin of error really.

Memory Performance Testing

AIDA64 Engineer Edition

“FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises. The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand-new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and NVIDIA graphics processors.”

MSI always seems to have a feather in its hat on memory performance, and the X470 M7 AC holds its own with our best read speed yet.

Latency is a smooth 69.7ms, almost too close to call.

Passmark Performance Test – Memory Mark – Threaded

“Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark Performance Test ™ allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.”

Passmark’s threaded memory mark is a hair lower here at about 42.8k points, nearly 800 points behind.

 

SiSoft Sandra

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems–or potential headaches.”

SiSoft is again closer with the MSI X470 holding on almost exactly 500MB/s slower across the board.

Storage Testing

ATTO Disk Benchmark

“As the industry’s leading provider of high-performance storage & network connectivity products, ATTO has created a widely-accepted Disk Benchmark freeware utility to help measure storage system performance. As one of the top tools utilized in the industry, Disk Benchmark identifies performance in hard drives, solid state drives, RAID arrays as well as connections to storage. Top drive manufacturers, like Hitachi, build and test every drive using the ATTO Disk Benchmark”

ATTO shows the Samsung NVMe drive running pretty well, a shade slower than we’ve seen before on reads. You have to be sure to use the top M.2 slot for full tilt.

CrystalDiskMark 6.0

“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows measuring sequential and random read/write speeds.”

CrystalDiskMark also shows a slight hit to read speeds, but not enough to matter to real world usage.

AS SSD

The AS SSD benchmark determines the performance of Solid State Drives (SSD). The tool contains six synthetic and three copy tests. The synthetic tests determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are performed without using the operating system cache. In the sequential test, the program measures how long it takes to read and write a 1 GB file. In the 4K test, read and write performance is determined for randomly selected 4K blocks. The 4K-64 Third test is equivalent to the 4K procedure, except that the read and write operations are distributed to 64 threads. This test should show differences between the IDE operating mode where NCQ is not supported and the AHCI mode for SSDs with Native Command Queuing (NCQ). The additional compression test can measure the performance of the SSD as a function of the compressibility of the data. This is especially important for the controllers that are used to increase the performance and life of the cell compression.

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AS SSD sort of does its own thing. The scores here are pretty solid, but still a touch low.

Synthetic Game Testing

3DMark – Fire Strike

“Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today’s high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today”

Firestrike shows great performance, edging out the competition by a hair in everything but the graphics sub-score.

3DMark – Time Spy

“3Dmark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for Windows 10 gaming PCs. Time Spay is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built “the right way” from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers. With DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal test for benchmarking the latest graphics cards.”

Timespy holds the lead across the gamut.

Real Gaming Performance

Grand Theft Auto V

“When a young street hustler, a retired bank robber, and a terrifying psychopath find themselves entangled with some of the most frightening and deranged elements of the criminal underworld, the U.S. government and the entertainment industry, they must pull off a series of dangerous heists to survive in a ruthless city in which they can trust nobody, least of all each other.”

Interestingly, Grand Theft Auto V seems to love the MSI board, it holds a rock star (see what we did there?) lead over the competition with a 15 FPS gap.

Far Cry 5

Anything can happen. Everything will.

Welcome to Hope County, Montana, land of the free and the brave, but also home to a fanatical doomsday cult—known as The Project at Eden’s Gate—that is threatening the community’s freedom. Stand up to the cult’s leaders, Joseph Seed and the Heralds, as you spark the fires of resistance that will liberate the besieged community.

In Far Cry 5 that commanding lead disappears with the M7 trailing a few FPS.

Metro: Last Light

“It Is the Year 2034. Beneath the ruins of post-apocalyptic Moscow, in the tunnels of the Metro, the remnants of mankind are besieged by deadly threats from outside – and within. Mutants stalk the catacombs beneath the desolate surface, and hunt amidst the poisoned skies above.”

Developed by 4A Games and published by Deepsilver, Metro: Last Light uses the 4A game engine. At its highest settings, the 4A game engine is capable of bringing all but the most extreme gaming systems to their knees.

Metro: last Light again fights in close, but can’t quite pull the rug from under ASUS again.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Featuring epic, high-octane action moments set in the most beautifully hostile environments on earth, Rise of the Tomb Raider delivers a cinematic survival action adventure where you will join Lara Croft on her first tomb raiding expedition. Explore Awe-Inspiring Deadly Tombs – Huge ancient spaces littered with deadly traps, solve dramatic environmental puzzles, and decipher ancient texts to reveal crypts as you take on a world filled with secrets to discover. Woman vs. Wild – Conquer a world fiercely protecting its secrets, endure perilous conditions and unstable landscapes, face dangerous wildlife that acts as guardians to ancient tombs, and explore huge interactive environments. Guerrilla Combat – Use the environment to your advantage, scale trees and dive underwater to avoid or take down enemies, configure Lara’s gear, weapons, and ammo to suit your play style, craft explosives on the fly to sow chaos, and wield Lara’s signature combat bows and climbing ax.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is close, about 1 FPS difference.

Dues Ex: Mankind Divided

The year is 2029, and mechanically augmented humans have now been deemed outcasts, living a life of complete and total segregation from the rest of society. Now an experienced covert operative, Adam Jensen is forced to operate in a world that has grown to despise his kind. Armed with a new arsenal of state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations, he must choose the right approach, along with who to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy.

Dues Ex is our final test and again, the M7 trails by the narrowest margin.

Overclocking

 

Our previous attempts at overclocking the Ryzen 7 2700X didn’t yield much of an improvement overall thanks to AMD’s more aggressive XFR2, but we’ll try again.

The think with MSI’s board is… it has an overclocking knob on it. No self-respecting enthusiast can help but start with literally ‘cranking it to 11’ and seeing what happens, so here we go…

Amazingly it actually POST’s at 4.4GHz! Vcore is a little aggressive at 1.456V though. Out amusement was short lived. At this speed we couldn’t even attempt to boot Windows, it would never even show the loading screen.

Dropping down to Game Boost level 10 got us to the windows desktop… for a few seconds, just loading the basic utilities in the background was enough to BSOD.

In the end we had to drop all the way down to 4.15 GHz to be able to run benchmarks, but this really only gave us a few more points in Cinebench since XFR2 can kick the clocks up into this range on its own.

Flipping over by hand, we bumped the multiplier up to a full 42.0x, and the clock speed up to 103MHz for a total CPU clock of 4,326 MHz. This got our Cinebench Score up to 1834cb. We expected higher, but the voltage at this speed causes some thermal throttling.

Final Thoughts & Conclusion

It’s hard to do anything but like MSI’s X470 Gaming M7 AC. It checks all the required boxes and throws some icing over the top of that. We had strong performance out of the box with XFR2 support giving us about 95% of what we could get by hand overclocking. MSI’s Game Boost knob is always irresistible and booting up at 4.4GHz is pretty impressive, even if it wasn’t stable. In the end we had to drop the Game Boost overclock down into the realm of XFR2 and didn’t really gain much. The core voltage seems to drop in large steps, so this can probably be tuned with a future BIOS update.

Speaking of the BIOS, it really feels sort of early. Being an upper end board we were expecting to see a few more settings broken out in the BIOS for overclocking at least. The Game Boost settings description is still based around 1st gen Ryzen CPUs and it sort of feels like it is still tuned for that generation. All of the above is minor and can be fixed with a BIOS update, so it won’t count as a con for now. We did like the inclusion of a Corsair compatible digital RGB header along with all of the other RGB headers.  The Shield FROZR and Steel Armor of always welcome, and the fan headers are thankfully plentiful and well distributed around the board.

All in all, a solid choice, but we feel the X470 Gaming M7 AC is a good board that is one BIOS update away from being a great board. Unless you just really love to tinker around in the BIOS, this probably won’t affect you much anyway and shouldn’t dissuade you from making this the home of your own 2nd gen Ryzen CPU.

Good Job MSI!

 

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