MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard Review: Page 6 of 9
Posted by Damon Bailey on Friday, July 28, 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.
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. For our Intel Core i7-7740X CPU, Game Boost can take it from stock, all the way to 5.4Ghz. 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 7740X CPU can do it.