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 all of 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 of 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. We are using a picture from another review here; this board was not yet released when reviewed so nothing showed up here, we couldn’t just show you an empty screen! If you have used any MSI boards from the last several years, this will look quite familiar though, nothing has changed in a while.
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.
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.
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. This is another one we had to borrow pictures for, the latest version at the time of review did not support the i7-8700K. This will at least give you an idea of what to expect.
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.