CPU – Core i7 6700K
I started out configuring the i7 6700K at its default settings. Once the default settings were in, it was now time to see how high I could push the CPU with our water cooling system and have it still be 100% stable. All cores and hyperthreading were still enabled. The memory settings were entered manually, but at the XMP Profile 1 defaults. All settings were done from inside the BIOS.
I thought I’d let overclock Genie 5 do its job first. It automatically set the clock at 4.4 GHz with a voltage of 1.3v. For most people this is perfectly fine for day to day operations and should work with most cooling solutions as well.
4.9 GHz is a great clock for a sub $200 motherboard. The system was completely stable and never showed a BSOD. The MSI Z270 SLI Plus is designed for stability and reliability, but it is a quite capable overclocker as well. The voltage is a bit high at 1.5v, but with some finer tuning, a bit more reasonable voltage should be able to be attained.
CPU – Core i7 7700K
Overclocking the Core i7 7700K wasn’t significantly different than the Core i7 6700K. Just like before, all cores and hyperthreading were still enabled. The memory settings were entered manually, but at the XMP Profile 1 defaults. All settings were done from inside the BIOS.
Overclock Genie 5 automatically set the clock this time at 4.8 GHz with the same voltage of 1.3v.
5.2 GHz is 300 MHz higher than we I achieved with the Core i1 6700K. The voltage is also high at 1.5v.
Now normally we don’t test memory overclocking when reviewing motherboards, but we wanted to try out MSI’s DDR4 Boost/Memory Try It! feature to see what it could do. I settled on Crucial’s Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400 MHz dual channel kit for the test. Up first, we have the stock speed and timings.
That’s a nice boost and it was easy to achieve, just pick the setting and reboot. If the setting doesn’t work, this motherboard will let you know. Results will vary by the memory used, of course and memory with clocks at 2666 MHz or below seem to benefit the most. If you’re looking for a boost in memory speed, DDR4 Boost/Memory Try It! is certainly with a try.
Let us conclude this review on the next page.