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Motherboard MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets: what are you, Ilya?

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With the release of the new Intel 300-series motherboards for processors Coffee Lake-S should be seriously cheaper. This, in fact, main and only goal of the emergence of new sets of system logic — nothing new H370, B360 and H310 does not bring, but on the contrary, they are simplified in comparison with the flagship Intel Z370. However, the reduction is a worthy goal, but some manufacturers every circuit, even the most affordable, want to apply it as something special.

Among them are well known to you and MSI, who presented on the Russian market cost of Intel B360 taking into account the specifics of Russian culture and its original name MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets.

Looking ahead, frankly, that there is nothing heroic in this Board no, but it has a very nice and promising title, the picture on the box and the bonus inside it may play a positive role in the sales of this model. We are with you interested in more applied aspects of a new motherboard, which we now examine.

#Specifications and cost

MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets
Supported processors Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron
performed LGA1151v2 eighth-generation microarchitecture Core
Chipset Intel B360
Memory subsystem 4 × DDR4 DIMM UN-buffered memory up to 64 GB;
dual channel mode memory;
support modules with frequency 2667/2400/2133 MHz;
support Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile)
GUI The integrated graphics core processor allows you to use the HDMI port (resolution up to 4096 × 2160 @ 30 Hz) DisplayPort port (resolution up to 4096 × 2304 at 60 Hz) and DVI-D port (resolution up to 1920 × 1200 at 60 Hz);
the ability to simultaneously connect three displays
Connectors for expansion boards 2 PCI Express 3.0 x16 modes x16, x16/x4;
2 PCI Express x1 Gen 3
The scalability of the video AMD CrossFireX Technology
The storage interface Intel B360:
– 4 × SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6GB/s;
– support for RAID 0 and 1, Intel Rapid Storage, Intel Smart Connect Technology and Intel Smart Response, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug;
– 2 × M. 2, bandwidth of each up to 32 GB/s (M. 2_1 supports SATA and PCI Express storage devices ranging in length from 42 to 110 mm, M. 2_2 supports PCI Express drives ranging in length from 42 to 80 mm);
– support Intel Optane Memory
Network
interfaces
Gigabit Ethernet controller Intel Gigabit LAN I219V (10/100/1000 Mbit);
support LAN Protect
Wireless network interfaces No
Audio 7.1 CH HD Realtek ALC892 audio codec:
– Audio Boost;
– sound capacitors Chemi-Con;
– isolated from the PCB of the sound card;
– left and right channels are separated in different layers of the PCB;
– protection from clicks;
gold – plated audio connectors
USB interface Intel B360:
– 2 ports USB 3.1 Gen1 (connect to the connectors on the system Board);
– 6 ports USB 2.0 (4 on back panel, 2 are connected to the connectors on the system Board);
– 3 port USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C and Type-A rear panel + Type-C via internal header)
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel 2 USB 2.0 ports and a combo PS/2 port;
video port DVI-D;
video ports DisplayPort and HDMI;
2 port USB 2.0 and LAN-socket RJ-45;
2 port Type-C and Type-A;
optical S/PDIF output interface;
5 3.5 mm gold-plated audio connectors
Internal connectors on the system Board 24-pin ATX power connector;
8-pin ATX 12V power;
4 SATA 3;
2 M. 2;
4-pin connector CPU fan with PWM support;
3 4-pin connectors for case fans with PWM support;
USB 2.0 connector to connect 2 ports;
USB 3.1 Gen1 to connect 2 ports;
connector USB 3.1 Gen2 port, Type-C;
connector 5050 RGB LED 12 V;
a group of connectors for the front panel;
audio connector for the front panel;
connector TPM (Trusted Platform Module);
connector Chassis Intrusion;
connector additional card Thunderbolt;
jumper Clear CMOS
BIOS 128 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with multilingual interface and the graphical user interface;
ACPI 6.0;
support SM BIOS 3.0
Controller I/O Nuvoton NCT6797D-M
Form factor, dimensions (mm) Micro-ATX, 243 × 243
The warranty of the manufacturer, years 3
The minimum retail price, RUB. n/a

#Packaging equipment

MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets is sealed in a compact box, on the front side which depicts the ancient hero with sword and shield. The reverse side of the box is traditionally reserved for the description of the characteristics of the Board, a brief list of features and connectors on the rear panel.

 

Even more brief performance is given and on the sticker with the barcode from one of the ends of the box.

Complete with motherboard are two SATA cables with latches, blanking plug on the rear panel, the MSI Gaming sticker, manual, DVD with drivers and utilities.

Bonus included is a fabric pad for a computer mouse with the same pattern as on the box.

Board is produced in China, and provides a signature three-year warranty. In Russia, this model has not yet appeared in the sale, and in foreign stores it’s worth $ 100, not counting shipping costs. If you do a direct translation into the current dollar exchange rate, we get about 6.2 thousand rubles, which is really quite inexpensive for LGA1151v2.

#Design and features

The Board is made in a format micro-ATX and has dimensions 243 × 243 mm. It is based on dark, almost black PCB, painted grey and white lines.

 

From the design elements, we note the heatsinks on the VRM circuits, where it also bears the name of Russian heroes and tab series.

The layout of the major components on the PCB shown in the diagram from the instruction manual.

 

A distinctive feature of the rear panel MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets — the lack of USB 3.0 ports: here only USB 2.0 and two SuperSpeed USB 3.1 Gen2.

It also derived a combined PS/2 port, three video output, network socket RJ-45 and six audio jacks — it is a normal set of ports for a budget motherboard.

The heatsinks on the VRM-chains are attached to the PCB with screws, but chipsety plastic studs. So if problems with removal of the radiators and there, with only the smallest of them.

The CPU socket design LGA1151v2 on the Board the most common, without covering the contact of the needles with gold and hole for temperature sensor.

Starting with the first (and only) BIOS version, the Board supports all Intel processors released in a design LGA1151v2.

On the CPU power allotted four phases for the VCCIO and VCCSA — just one more.

Not claimed no proprietary technology, including not declared compliance with the standard Military Class 3/4/5 or the use of durable components. It’s very simple and inexpensive, that for boards of this class is more than natural. The power management processor is responsible, the controller RT3607BC production Richtek.

We add that the external clock frequency BCLK on the Board there.

Standard power connector 24-and 8-contacts is oriented with latches on the outside.

 

On-chip Intel B360, released according to the norms of 14-nm process technology, applied thermal paste and not thermal pad.

It is possible to study according to the following scheme.

The maximum amount of RAM of standard DDR4 with the MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets can reach 64 GB. Declared support for the brand MSI DDR4 Boost, consisting in the most optimal wiring paths of the motherboard, which, according to developers, should improve the overclocking potential of the memory modules.

The catch here is only one – maximum memory frequency with which the fee will work, does not exceed 2667 MHz. The above will not set the BIOS, although the marketing materials for “Ilya Muromets” appears the figure of 4000+ MHz. But there is XMP support with indicator light and a large number of manufactured modules DDR4. Food memory is allocated only one phase.

But “Ilya Muromets” got one “sword-kladenets” in the form of enhanced aluminum slot PCI Express 3.0, connected to the processor and operating in the mode of x16, and one “stick” in the form of PCI Express 3.0 x4, which, however, can be combined with a full PCI Express slot to provide the two graphics cards in mode AMD CrossFireX.

In addition, the Board has two PCI Express x1 slots with a closed end for expansion cards. For switching PCI-Express on the Board answer two chips ASMedia ASM1480 production.

MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets only got four SATA III with a capacity of up to 6 GB/s is max for Intel B360, and additional controllers on the Board there. Two ports on the PCB are arranged horizontally and two vertically.

There are on the Board and two M. 2 port with the maximum capacity of each up to 32 GB/s. the upper M. 2_1 supports both SATA and PCI Express storage devices ranging in length from 42 to 110 mm, and the lower M. 2_2 — only PCI Express flash drives, ranging in length from 42 to 80 mm.

In total MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets is equipped with 11 USB ports (also the max for the Intel B360). Six of them are displayed on the rear panel (it’s 4 USB 2.0 and two USB 3.1 Gen2), and another pair of USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 Gen1 can connect to the internal connectors. Finally, from the PCB it is also possible to take a single port USB 3.1 Gen2, which provides for a special connector.

Wired network interface Board is implemented by the controller Intel I219V.

From its features, we note support technology Lan Protect – protect from lightning and static electricity up to 15 kV. At the software level to optimize the traffic will help the utility MSI GAMING LAN Manager.

Deciding that the hero music to have fun once MSI is installed on the Board with a simple audio processor Realtek ALC892, adding to its eight capacitors Chemi-Con and protection from clicks.

To improve the sound quality needs breeding left and right channels in separate layers of the PCB, gold plated connectors and insulation of the entire audiosony on the PCB is non-conductive strip.

I/O functions on the Board vested in the controller Nuvoton NCT6797D-M.

Both MSI B360M Mortar Ilya Muromets you can connect four fans with PWM control. Their setting is available in BIOS and software MSI Command Center.

As for the backlight, on the PCB Board it, but there is an RGB connector, which can connect led strip and set the modes of operation through the application MSI Mystic Light.

At the conclusion of the external review MSI motherboards will bring a photo of the connectors on the lower edge of the PCB.

We would like to note the massive aluminum heatsinks on the VRM circuits boards – are not often seen on flagship models, but here the MSI is clearly not skimped on the metal.

In this case, the chipset is set into a small flat heatsink in contact with the crystal using thermal grease. However, a 14-nanometer Intel B360 with his six watts of heat dissipation won’t need to.

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The processor Ryzen 5 2600: failed Favorit

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One of the reasons why AMD processors at all times attracted so much attention from consumers, lies in pricing. She’s from AMD are formed in such a way that its processors seemed more bargains on the background of Intel Core, and this strategy works fine. And this year, AMD began to manage the price lever even more aggressive than before. So, if at the time of arrival on the market first Ryzen legitimate to say that compared to similar Core class they offer more cores for the same money, now this principle gradually evolved into what Ryzen can not just provide better ways of multithreading, but besides there are several cheaper processors from Intel.

This approach finds a powerful response from the fans of AMD products who appreciate the company laid the path for saving the budget. It is therefore not surprising that most of the buyers of AMD systems prefer the midrange processors, and not the flagship solutions. For example, according to major retail stores in America, Europe and Russia, the most popular AMD processor is the cheapest shestiyadernik, Ryzen 5 1600, while Intel’s sales leader of the flagship Core i7-8700K. It is significant that the difference in their price is almost twice the size, but they both have six full cores and supports Hyper-threading technology SMT or Hyper-Threading.

However, the fact that the buyers of products AMD “vote ruble” for a relatively inexpensive shestiyaderny, but not for the flagship series processors Ryzen 7, may be associated not only with the fact that in the upper price segment products of Intel in the eyes of many consumers is attractive. Plays a significant role and that the purchase of processors with eight cores for ordinary home computers has not too much practical sense. The modern game is the number of cores to provide load obviously can’t, and the professional tasks for which multicore chips are really useful, decide on a PC, only a few professionals. In other words, six cores – the Golden mean, and this is reflected in the structure of demand.

With the market launch of the second generation of processors Ryzen (Pinnacle Ridge) AMD has been enhancing its flagship OCTA-core solutions, but also prepared a couple of new processors class Ryzen 5 with just six cores. On the background of his predecessors, they have acquired quite the expected improvement due to the transition to the design of the Zen+. The new six-core Ryzen grown up the clock frequency, increased overclocking potential, and within three percent of the grown feature IPC (the number of executable per clock cycle instructions). All this is discussed in detail in our initial review Ryzen second generation, which has been extensively tested Ryzen 5 2600X.

But in light of the foregoing, among the novelties of AMD greater interest is likely not this model, and the youngest shestiyadernik, Ryzen 5 2600. His detailed tests, we have not yet made, but it is cheaper than Ryzen 5 2600X, a notable 15 percent. Thus, Ryzen 5 2600 has a good chance to become a new bestseller instead of the outdated Ryzen 5 1600 almost a year and half ago. In this review, we will try to answer the question of whether the merits of Ryzen 5 2600 overpayment of $10, which he more expensive than its ideological predecessor, and at the same time we will analyse how the new six-core Ryzen look at the background of modern processors Core i5, which is now also boast an Arsenal of six cores.

#5 2600 Ryzen in detail

So, Ryzen 5 2600 is a six-core and dwenadzatiperstnuu processor microarchitecture Zen+, largely similar to Ryzen 5 2600X. Like his older brother, Ryzen 5 2600 built on eight cores of a crystal, consisting of two units AOA (CPU Complex), each of which disabled one core. The cache memory in a shortened silicon is fully operational, which means Ryzen 5 2600 has a total of 16 MB of L3 cache.

In its positioning Ryzen 5 2600 is a step below Ryzen 5 2600X, due to lower clock speeds as at full load, and when you activate the turbo mode. AMD estimates Ryzen 5 2600 $30 cheaper than its senior shestiyadernik the second generation, and this means that it actually performs the update for Ryzen 5 1600, at higher frequencies within the same 65-watt thermal package and with all the advantages of its predecessor, including easy overclocking due to the unlocked multiplier. However, the recommended price Ryzen 5 2600 installed flush with 1600 Ryzen 5 and $10 higher.

Ryzen 5 2600X Ryzen 5 2600 Ryzen 5 1600X Ryzen 5 1600
Code name Pinnacle Ridge Pinnacle Ridge Summit Ridge Summit Ridge
Production technology, nm 12 12 14 14
Cores/threads 6/12 6/12 6/12 6/12
Base frequency, GHz 3,6 3,4 3,6 3,2
Frequency in turbo mode, GHz 4,2 3,9 4,0 3,6
Acceleration There There There There
L3 cache MB 2 × 8 2 × 8 2 × 8 2 × 8
Memory support DDR4-2933 DDR4-2933 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666
PCI Express 16 16 16 16
TDP, watts 95 65 95 65
Socket Socket AM4 Socket AM4 Socket AM4 Socket AM4
The official price $229 $199 $219 $189

If we talk about the boxed version Ryzen 5 2600, then there is one more thing that you need to keep in mind. This processor comes with a modest cooler Wraith Stealth, designed for removal of only 65 watts of heat.

In the operation of the processor in the nominal mode, it will be enough, but for overclocking, the cooling system will need to be replaced. So with an eye under the overclocking it is better to buy an OEM version Ryzen 5 2600 and a separate cooler, which will increase the required to build the system budget. It is noteworthy that the older and cheaper Ryzen 5 1600 in this comes with a different cooler, Wraith Spire, which has a higher efficiency and allows a moderate overclock the CPU.

As a result, the positioning Ryzen 2600 5 raises some questions. On the one hand, it is slightly cheaper Ryzen 5 2600X with a higher nominal clock frequencies, and with another – more expensive Ryzen 5 1600, CPU, which even refers to the first generation of desktop Zen, but the acceleration could come close to the flagship six-core Ryzen second generation. In such circumstances, the trump card Ryzen 2600 5 becomes moderate consumption and heat generation, which promises this processor in the nominal mode. Despite the fact that the actual operating frequency Ryzen 5 2600 are in the range from 3.6 to 3.9 GHz, AMD declares to him the estimated dissipation, reduced to 65 watts.

However, if you believe in the testimony of the on-chip monitoring SenseMI, the full power of this CPU along with a built-in SoC chip is still not within the stated frame. At full load it can reach up to 75-80 W and 65 W TDP rather describes the dissipation of processor cores apart from the built-in controllers. However, on the background of Ryzen 5 Junior 2600X CPU Ryzen 5 2600 is quite legitimate to refer to a class of energy-efficient (by the standards of AMD) solutions.

The next chart, we tried to graphically display what looks like real frequency Ryzen 5 2600 with a load of different intensity. Performing performance testing of the processor in the nominal mode in the Cinebench R15 when using different number of threads, we recorded the selected processor frequency. Its distribution depending on the CPU usage was better.

When the load on one or two core Ryzen 5 2600 can reach a maximum frequency component of 3.9 GHz. For loading in three streams, the maximum frequency is of the order of 3.85 GHz. Then, if the work is uploaded four or five nuclei, the frequency can reach 3.8 GHz, and more serious burden that makes the processor run at a frequency of about 3,65 MHz. In other words, real speed Ryzen 5 2600 are significantly higher than baseline values even at full load. However, we must mention that our experiment was conducted with the use of the productive cooler Noctua NH-U14S, and with regular Wraith Stealth indicators frequency probably would have been lower due to overheating CPU.

Thank you for unusual for AMD, the combination of a relatively high frequency and relatively low heat dissipation is a new 12-nanometer manufacturing process GlobalFoundries 12LP (Leading Performance), which compared to the previous 14-nm technology allows to achieve higher performance without significant changes in energy consumption and heat dissipation. For example, the last 65-watt shestiyadernik Ryzen 5 1600 in nominal mode developed frequency of 3.4-3.7 GHz.

The superiority in performance Ryzen Ryzen 5 2600 over the 1600 and 5 is due to another factor: Ryzen processors of the second generation had technology Precision Boost 2 (PB2) and XFR2 with advanced functionality. PB2 learn how to effectively raise the frequency of the processor during multi-threaded load, not loads of work all the available cores, and XFR2 in addition to this can be very flexible adjustment of the operating frequency of the processor under the capacity of the existing cooling system. As a result, the real advantage Ryzen Ryzen 5 5 2600 over 1600 in nominal mode can reach up to 13 percent.

To illustrate the performance Ryzen 5 2600 correlated with the performance of six-core Ryzen first generation at different loads, we have constructed the following chart that shows the relative performance of AMD processors in the test Cinebench R15 rendering when using different numbers of compute threads. Indicators Ryzen 5 2600 taken as 100 %, the other results of the test are normalized relative to these values.

It is curious that in the Cinebench R15 CPU Ryzen 5 2600 is not only faster Ryzen 5 1600, but almost always ahead of Ryzen 5 1600X, at least in multi-threaded load. From the point of view of formal specifications senior shestiyadernik last generation promises higher operating frequencies, but new technology PB2 and XFR2 are so aggressive that in practice the picture is different.

Ryzen 5 2600, like all other processors Ryzen second generation compatible with Socket AM4 motherboards based on chipsets three hundredth and four hundredth series. To use Ryzen 5 2600 circuit Board on the newer chipsets X470 and B450 does not necessarily. Old Socket AM4 platform work perfectly with the new Ryzen after updating the BIOS and do not impose any penalty in terms of performance. Technology PB2 and XFR2 remain functional and, therefore, with a relatively cheap Ryzen 5 2600 may be advisable to use a motherboard on the basis of the B350, which today dropped in price to $60-70. And if you plan on overclocking, then the main thing to look for when choosing the platform is on the quality of the power supply circuit of the processor, not the chipset.

#Acceleration

It is believed that processors Ryzen second generation, the production of which used the new 12-nm process technology, have better overclocking potential. However, in practice, the difference from its predecessors is not too strong: limit the dispersal of various Ryzen two thousandth series only a little beyond 4-GHz the border.

Ryzen 2600 5 confirms this rule: with air cooler Noctua NH-U14S, we were able to increase frequency without compromising the stability only up to 4.0 GHz. It turns out that Ryzen 5 2600 for overclocking capabilities are almost the same Ryzen 5 1600, the dispersal of which, in similar circumstances, stayed in the range of 3.8-4.0 GHz.

At the same Ryzen 5 2600 overclocking was worse than their more expensive counterparts: other model Pinnacle Ridge that have passed through our hands, took the frequency to 4.1 GHz with a relatively small increase in voltage. But in order for your instance of Ryzen 5 2600, working at a frequency of 4.0 GHz, could be tested in LinX AMD Edition 0.8.0, the CPU voltage had to be raised to 1,425 In simultaneously enable Load-Line Calibration. And this, frankly, long-term use can cause irreversible degradation of the silicon is completely safe for crystal Pinnacle Ridge is considered not only the voltage above 1.35 V.

You need to pay attention to the fact that the processor power consumption in this mode increases up to 150 watts. Obviously, here we need a very efficient cooler, and no a-box solutions will not work. Even with high-performance Noctua NH-U14S worth a third of the price of cooled CPU temperature reaches 82 degrees. With more than simple coolers, obviously, the dispersal of such Ryzen 5 2600 as our instance, up to 4 GHz, it would be impossible in principle.

From all this we can conclude that for the manufacture of Junior modifications Ryzen second-generation AMD uses less good crystals. And this is another argument in favor of models with the end of the X title. As practice shows, they are accelerated somewhat better.

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The review and testing of the motherboard MSI X470 GAMING AC M7: to drive or not to drive?

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Simultaneously with the announcement of the new AMD CPU microarchitecture Zen+, which received the code name of Pinnacle Ridge, the company introduced a chipset X470. Interestingly, if in technical terms, this chipset is no different from the X370, the payments based on it, as conceived by AMD and its partners, needs to become more sophisticated and reliable. And here we are talking not so much about the support of high-speed RAM and the optimizations work with it when overclocking, but about adapting and strengthening the power circuits of the processor to support more CPU Ryzen 7 2700X with the level TDP of 105 watts. In addition, X470 should have lower heat and power consumption than the X370. In other words, existing chipset is lightly polished, giving the motherboard manufacturers a good reason to release another series of their products.

And they were not long in coming. One of the first was noted by company MSI, released on the X470 five new motherboard. The flagship of the fresh series has become a model X470 M7 MSI GAMING AC, which we now examine and test with the new processor Ryzen 7 2700X.

If you compare the characteristics of the new M7 MSI X470 GAMING AC and its predecessor M7 MSI X370 GAMING ACK, the first, in addition to supporting the new processors (which will run on old motherboard) and faster memory differs from the second absence is no longer relevant port U. 2 and a slightly greater number of USB-ports (17 vs 16). All. But this is only from the point of view of technical characteristics. In fact, changes in the novelty a lot more. However, everything in order.

#Specifications and recommended price

X470 M7 MSI GAMING AC (MS-7B77)
Supported processors AMD Ryzen (Summit Ridge, Raven Ridge, Pinnacle Ridge) seventh generation microarchitecture Zen and Athlon/A-series (Bristol Ridge) seventh generation in performance Socket AM4
Chipset AMD X470
Memory subsystem 4 × DDR4 DIMM UN-buffered memory up to 64 GB;
dual channel mode memory;
support modules with frequency 3600/3466/3200/3066/3000/2933/2800/2667/2400/
2133/1866 MHz;
support A-XMP
Connectors for expansion boards 2 PCI Express 3.0 x16 modes x16/x0 or x8/x8;
1 slot PCI Express 2.0 x16, x4 mode;
3 PCI Express x1 slots 2.0
The scalability of the video NVIDIA 2-way SLI Technology;
AMD 2-way CrossFireX Technology
The storage interface The AMD X370:
– 6 × SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6 Gbps (supports RAID 0, 1 and 10);
– 1 × M. 2 (М2_2 supports PCI-E 2.0 x4 and SATA drive types 2242/2260/2280);
AMD Ryzen:
– 1 × M. 2 (М2_1 supports PCI-E 3.0 x4 and SATA hard drives with a capacity up to 32 GB/type 2242/2260/2280)
Network interface Gigabit LAN Killer E2500
Wireless network interface Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) with throughput up to 867 Mbps Dual Mode Bluetooth 2.1, 2.1+EDR, 3.0, 4.0, BLE, 4.2
Audio 7.1 CH HD audio codec Realtek ALC1220:
– high quality, well shielded HD audio Audio Boost 4;
technology speed and performance 3;
– isolated from PCB sound area;
– the separate layers of the PCB for the left and right audio channels;
– protection from clicks;
– sound capacitors Chemi-Con;
premium connectors with gold contacts
USB interface X470 AMD chipset and AMD processor Ryzen:
– 8 ports USB 3.1 Gen1 (4 on back panel, 4 connected to the connectors on the system Board);
– 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 on back panel, 4 connected to the connectors on the system Board);
– 2 ports USB 3.1 Gen2 (both on the back of the PCB, Type-C and Type-A);
Controller ASMedia ASM1143:
– 1 port USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C, is connected to the internal connector for front panel)
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel The button Clear CMOS and BIOS FLASHBACK+;
2 USB 2.0 ports and a combo PS/2;
2 port USB 3.1 Gen1;
two connectors for antennas of the wireless communication module;
2 port USB 3.1 Gen1;
2 port USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C and Type-A and network LAN-socket RJ-45 (LAN Protect);
optical S/PDIF output interface;
5 3.5 mm audio jacks with gold plated contacts
Internal connectors on the system Board 24-pin ATX power connector;
2 8-pin power connector ATX 12 V;
6 SATA 3;
M. 2 NGFF 2240/2260/2280;
2 USB 3.1 Gen1 to connect 4 ports;
2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting 4 ports;
USB 3.1 Gen2 to connect port, Type-C;
4-pin connector CPU fan with PWM support;
4-pin connector for pumps DLC;
4 4-pin connectors for case fans with PWM support;
2 4-pin RGB LED connector;
connector WS2812B;
TPM connector;
a group of connectors for the front panel;
audio connector for the front panel;
jumper Clear CMOS;
button GAME BOOST;
the power button;
reset button;
indicator Debug Code LED
BIOS 128 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with multilingual interface and the graphical user interface;
ACPI 5.0;
support PnP 1.0 a;
support SM BIOS 2.8
Controller I/O Nuvoton NCT6795D
Form factor, dimensions (mm) ATX, 304 x 244
The warranty of the manufacturer, years 3
The minimum retail price, RUB. 17 700

#Packaging equipment

The cardboard box comes X470 M7 MSI GAMING AC is probably one of the brightest on the market. Against the background of a murderous star of space floats the image boards, bordered with various logos and stickers. In this registration package is simply obliged to draw attention to themselves, standing out against any competitors.

 

On the reverse side of the box marked the key features of this Board, given its brief description, lists the connectors on the rear panel and a short warranty.

Standard sticker on the end of the box contains information about the model and the product serial number, barcodes and a brief listing of the interfaces.

Inside the box is divided into two compartments. At the top on a separate tray located motherboard, sealed in antistatic bag. The area under it is possible to find components, divided into two parts.

The first four SATA cables with latches, blanking plug on the rear panel, a rigid connecting bridge for SLI, the cables to connect the lights and the antenna for the wireless module.

The second part of the information-chip: brief and full instructions manual for the Board, the memo on the installation of the CPU into the socket, CD with drivers and utilities brochure, and stickers for your SATA cables.

X470 M7 MSI GAMING AC is produced in China, and provides a three year warranty. The fee is not cheap, as in the Russian stores, this model you can buy at a price of 17 700 rubles, and the closest to us foreign online trading sites its price starts with a mark of 208 euros.

#Design and features

X470 M7 MSI GAMING AC – motherboard layout classical form factor ATX. Its size is equal to 304 × 244 mm. Looks new nice and easy, but this is not to say that it is boring.

Neskuchnoe is achieved thanks to the shaped plastic casing exits and stylish radiator on the chipset, combined with the radiators on the ports drives 2.

On the interface panel has eight USB ports, two of which are version 2.0, four – 3.1 Gen1 and two – speed Gen2 3.1 types A and C. Also here you can find a reset button the CMOS and updating the BIOS, combo PS/2 port, connectors for antennas, wireless communication and LAN-socket RJ-45, optical output, and five 3.5 mm audio jacks with gold plated contacts inside.

All add-on components attached to the PCB with screws, so they are convenient and easy to remove. In “pure” form fee as follows.

The location of all elements on the PCB we borrowed from the instruction manual and reproduced it below.

Compared to how it looked processor Socket Socket AM4 on the boards of the previous generation on the chipset AMD X370, here he has not changed.

Starting with the first BIOS version, the Board supports the old processors with the core of the Summit Ridge, and the new, with Pinnacle Ridge and Raven Ridge. Not forgotten, and budget processors A-Series with the core Bristol Ridge.

The system processor power is built according to the “12+2”, where 12 phases are reserved for the power cores and another two on the memory controller and other auxiliary voltage. On the reverse side of the PCB soldered doublers International Rectifier IR3598.

For the power management of the processor on the Board is responsible for the PWM controller from International Rectifier IR35201.

Standard connectors to connect power (24 and 8 pin) added one 8-pin, also oriented with latches on the outside.

 

Note that the Board runs stably even in the case if the third connector is not connected to the power supply.

The AMD X470 released in Taiwan on the 3rd week of 2018 and applies to version B2. It is closed with a metal heat spreader, so do not fear accidental chips and scratches.

The possibility of a new set of system logic AMD is shown in the diagram below.

All slots of memory modules on MSI GAMING AC X470 M7 got a brand new metallic sheath of Steel Armor and extra soldering points. Above them are marked, also marked with a priority couple for modules.

Branded DDR4 Boost technology, which consists in the optimal distribution of traces in different layers of the PCB, provides a cleaner signal, which in turn will allow to reach higher memory frequencies during overclocking. The new AMD X470 (and, accordingly, the MSI X470 GAMING AC M7) supports DDR4 memory up to a frequency of 3600 MHz. This is probably the only serious advantage of the new chipset AMD before the old X370. Today the list of officially supported card modules is huge and continues systematically to grow.

For power management of the memory meets a single-channel PWM controller.

Let’s add that the maximum amount of memory can reach 64 GB and supported preset frequencies/timings A-XMP.

X470 M7 MSI GAMING AC is equipped with three physical PCI Express 3.0 x16, of which the first two have a metallic shell of Steel Armor. However, only the first slot can run in full x16 mode, but when installing two graphics cards CPU lines between them will be divided according to the scheme x8/x8.

Accordingly, it supports the technology NVIDIA 2-way SLI and AMD 2-way CrossFireX. The third PCI Express 3.0 x16 can only run in x4 mode, and the remaining three “short stack” — chipset PCI Express 3.0 x1, which are designed for expansion cards.

For switching of modes of the slots on the Board are responsible multiplexers ASM1480 production ASMedia, soldered on the reverse side of the PCB.

Six SATA ports 3 with a bandwidth up to 6 GB/s is implemented solely by the chipset AMD X470 (actually, anything additional is not necessary) and is oriented horizontally.

We will add that from connected drives connected to SATA 3, the fee allows you to collect arrays of levels RAID 0, 1 and 10.

The MSI X470 M7 GAMING AC has two port Turbo M. 2 with twin FROZR cooler Shield.

Both ports support both SATA and PCI-E NVMe drives types 2242/2260/2280, but summed up to the bottom of the line PCI-Express 2.0, while the upper is 3.0. In addition, you need to remember that when installing the drive in the lower M. 2 will be disabled third SATA port.

Fitted with 17 USB ports, of which eight are located on the front panel, and nine can be connected to the connectors on the PCB.

 

Two fast USB 3.1 Gen2 throughput to 10 GB/s displayed on the rear panel (Type-C and Type-A) and implemented by the chipset AMD X470, and another of the same speed the port is implemented by controller ASMedia ASM1143 and is designed to display on the front panel of the system unit. Supported by proprietary technology MSI X-Boost, MSI Super Charger and Double ESD Protection.

Wired LAN on the MSI X470 M7 GAMING AC provides Gigabit LAN Killer E2500, the technology supports traffic prioritization and lower latency Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 and the technology of electric protection against voltage surges and static electricity, Protect the LAN.

In addition, it is supported by intelligent control of network traffic through the app the MSI GAMING LAN Manager. The company network “killer” is the wireless network adapter Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 supporting Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac simultaneous dual band 2.4 and 5.0 GHz with a bandwidth of up to 867 Mbps, it also provides the Bluetooth 4.2.

Sound system on the Board migrated to its predecessor, it is well known to our readers the complex MSI Audio Boost 4, which is based on 7.1-CH HD audio codec Realtek ALC1220, protected from electromagnetic interference by aluminum casing.

To improve the sound have an abundance of audiophile capacitors Chemi-Con, separate layers of the PCB for the left and right audio channels, as well as isolated from the rest PCB sound area.

Complement this set of hardware protection from clicks, gold contacts connectors and advanced surround Sound 3 speed and performance.

For monitoring, Super I/O and fan control for MSI X470 GAMING meets M7 AC controller Nuvoton NCT6795D-M.

Board can simultaneously control up to six fans with support for pulse-width modulation (PWM). One connector supports a current of up to 2A — it is designed to provide power to the pumps of the cooling system or other energy-intensive consumers.

Lighting system for GAMING MSI X470 M7 AC implemented a range of LEDs with the opposite sides of the zone of RAM, and a casing back panel.

Controls lighting modes microcontroller with marking 104GFA from an unknown manufacturer.

Through the app MSI Mystic Light, there are a number of modes of the backlight and infinite colors — 16.8 million colors.

Of course, the handset supports external connection of led strips that can be synchronized with the main lighting Board.

In addition to four MSI EZ Debug LEDs on the Board is a convenient indicator of POST codes located in the lower right corner. Underneath you can see a round switch that lets you choose from 11 levels of automatic overclocking.

There – on the bottom edge of the PCB – soldered internal connectors USB and audio connectors for the cables the chassis front panel, power button and reset. In General, it is difficult to say what connectors X470 M7 MSI GAMING AC is not enough, there is.

The cooling elements of the power supply circuits of the processor implemented with two ribbed radiator with pads.

By the way, the Board has two sensors for each of the CPU power circuit and their temperature, we must pay attention during the tests.

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If you follow the news of the processor market, you probably know that on June 8, in honor of the 40th anniversary since the release of the Intel 8086, the first in the history of the chip with x86 – Intel has released a special limited edition “jubilee” Intel Core i7-8086K. This festive new – improved modification of the flagship six-core Coffee Lake for the platform LGA 1151 v2 capable “out of the box” to develop the frequency to 5.0 GHz. This value is not just a beautiful figure, she has for the Intel symbolic value. It is taken to say that over the past four decades the frequency of processors has grown at exactly 1000 times.

Along with this microprocessor giant boasts of other achievements, albeit not having as beautiful of a numerical expression. For example, the fact that the number of transistors in the first x86 processor was 29 thousand, and now (Coffee Lake) it exceeds three billion. The resolution of the fabrication process has decreased from 3 µm, was used in 1978 to 14 nm. And also the fact that the density of transistors in the processor chip during the forty-year evolution from 8086 to Coffee Lake has increased more than 22 thousand times.

But the greatest impression in the characteristics of the anniversary processor produces still, not the number of transistors and die area, and high frequency is 5 GHz, which until now no serial Intel x86 processors did not take (in parentheses recall the existence of AMD FX-9590, which managed to touch the coveted around 5 GHz in 2013). Some enthusiasts were taken on a level six-core Core i7-8700K through overclocking, but now, in honor of the holiday, Intel seems to have decided to release a pre “overclocked” CPU for those not interested in overclocking at least, so it is possible to interpret the announcement of the Core i7-8086K. And it looks quite in the spirit of the company: from our memory not yet erased the previous anniversary CPU, the Pentium G3258that Intel released for the 20th anniversary of the brand Pentium. It had an unlocked multiplier, which gave a purely budgetary and ordinary CPU considerable additional practical value.

However, looking ahead, will immediately disappoint: this time to make as generous gift from Intel did not work, and a marked superiority in consumer qualities over other Coffee Lake and Core i7-8086K no need to wait. Despite the fact that the novelty is confined to an even more memorable date in the history of the company and is produced with much more pomp, in reality it is a very close synonym Core i7-8700K.

In fact, the unwillingness to grant Intel Core i7-8086K to tests in independent publications, apparently due to the fact that the CPU is actually not exactly what it is trying to give the marketing Department of the manufacturer. In this survey, for which the sample Core i7-8086K we had to buy in the store, we will try to explain why it released a limited batch of 50 thousand units Core i7-8086K is likely to be perceived as a collector’s item, by and large have no significant practical advantages compared to the already present on the market six-core flagship Coffee Lake.

#What is wrong with the Core i7-8086K

If you look at the official specifications of the Core i7-8086K that Intel publishes on their website, there is a strong feeling that we are dealing with a pre-overclocked at the production stage Core i7-8700K.

Core i7-8086K Core i7-8700K
Code name Coffee Lake Coffee Lake
Production technology, nm 14++ 14++
Cores/threads 6/12 6/12
Base frequency, GHz 4,0 3.7 V
The Turbo Boost 2.0 Frequency, GHz 5,0 4,7
L3 cache MB 12 12
Memory support DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666
Integrated graphics GT2: 24 EU GT2: 24 EU
Max. the graphics core frequency, GHz 1,2 1,2
PCI Express 16 16
TDP, watts 95 95
Socket LGA 1151 v2 LGA 1151 v2
The official price $425 $359

Here the Core i7-8086K really looks like an improved version of the Core i7-8700K increased to 300 MHz frequency that is converted to base frequency at 4.0 GHz and the possibility of automatic overclocking in turbo mode up to 5.0 GHz. And, importantly, these changes do without growth the calculated heat dissipation, which remained at the usual 95-watt mark. Because Intel not announce any changes in technological process, we can conclude that Core i7-8086K selected the most successful semiconductor crystals, characterized by less heat dissipation and a better frequency potential.

But if looking into a table with characteristics, you decide, though Core i7-8086K – processor, which is due to the higher frequency is superior to the Core i7-8700K productivity by 6-8 per cent, we have to disappoint you. In fact, such the advantages it gives: setting turbo mode Core i7-8086K such that it can reach higher frequencies only during single-threaded load, and when loading two or more cores, the maximum achievable frequency Core i7-8700K and Core i7-8086K identical.

  Nominal frequency, GHz Max Turbo Boost 2.0 frequency, GHz
1 core 2 cores 3 core 4 cores 5 cores 6 cores
Core i7-8700K 3.7 V 4,7 4,6 4,5 4,4 4,4 4,3
Core i7-8086K 4,0 5,0 4,6 4,5 4,4 4,4 4,3

Thus, in most situations, the Turbo Boost technology can overclock the Core i7-8086K and Core i7-8700K to the same limits. The difference exists only when the load on one core, in which case the anniversary processor is really able to take a higher frequency. But in reality it means little: refined single-threaded load now occurs very rarely at least because even if the executable of the foreground application is single-threaded, almost always parallel to working with him and some background processes, including relating to the operating system. In other words, if we talk about the functioning of the processors in the normal mode in real life, the major reasons why Core i7-8086K must somehow differ markedly in performance from its conventional counterpart, is not visible.

A separate explanation should be done relative to the nominal frequency, which for the Core i7-8086K also stated at a higher value. Formally, this means that at full multithreaded load, the heat dissipation Core i7-8086K will not go beyond the established framework of the thermal packet 95-watt boundary at a frequency of 4.0 GHz. While for Core i7-8700K compliance with TDP of 95 W was only guaranteed to 3.7 GHz, which is a clear proof of the top quality of semiconductor crystals used in the composition of the jubilee processors.

But again, to real performance, it all has a very distant relationship. To keep our own energy, and thermal parameters in the boundaries specified TDP, the processors try only when you disable Multi-Core Enhancements (MCE). However, modern motherboards on the basis of the older chipset Intel Z370 activated by default, and control over the actual dissipation is not conducted. Therefore, elevated nominal frequency Core i7-8086K will be converted only slightly lower for practical power consumption and heat generation of the processor, but not the differences in operating modes.

Illustrate the situation with the performance by using the following chart, which displays the relative performance of the Intel Core i7-8700K and Core i7-8086K in the test Cinebench R15 rendering when using different numbers of compute threads. Indicators Core i7-8700K taken as 100 %.

As you can see, the difference in performance of conventional processor and limited editions is indeed observed only in a single-threaded load. Here inevitably arises the question concerning the justification of the prices of the Core i7-8086K. The fact that Intel has made it almost a 20% margin, which in the observed situation, performance does not look fair.

However, the price of the jubilee of the processor is likely to have been determined not on the basis of consumer characteristics as reasons of status product. Still, the Core i7-8086K is more of a souvenir released by the limited circulation in 50 thousand copies, than the conventional serial processor. It is absolutely not intended to become a replacement or further development for Core i7-8700K, and the difference in price at $ 66 – a kind of “collection of collectors”.

Because they made overpayments to customers, Core i7-8086K in addition to the jubilee of the CPU box will get a special design with the words “Limited Edition”; the certificate confirming the possession of a unique anniversary processor; and a welcome note from the CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich, just recently became a former.

#Acceleration

Despite the fact that the situation in the nominal mode Core i7-8086K looks like some kind of double cross, the pros of this processor might appear during acceleration. Of course, do not think that the jubilee six-core Coffee Lake just have to accelerate above typical Core i7-8700K for 4.7-4.9 GHz. But Core i7-8086K could be more pliable under normal non-extreme overclocking. At least, use for Core i7-8086K specially selected semiconductor crystals with reduced thermal performance can become the reason for at least a small shift of the critical heat CPU overclocked to more distant frontiers.

In other words, it would be logical if, for example, the 5.0 GHz could take all instances of a Core i7-8086K the polls. Each of the cores of this processor separately should work at this frequency, based on the specs of the turbo mode, so it is logical that the 5-gigahertz frequency will be available to the processor as a whole. However, in some cases, may require scalping, because even in honor of the 40th anniversary of the x86 architecture, Intel did not return under the cover of CPU high performance thermal interface. In Core i7-8086K again used the traditional polymer compound that with the growth of dissipation becomes a bottleneck in the way of heat dissipation from the CPU crystal, and therefore raises serious criticism from the enthusiasts.

But we for the initial experiments on overclocking Core i7-8086K to the scalp to resort did not. Was wondering what this CPU will be able in its original form.

In order to obtain a comprehensive picture of the properties of overclocking Core i7-8086K, was built by a “temperature map” that describes the heating of an existing instance of the processor at various frequencies and voltages. To generate load we used the utility LinX 0.9.2, which is based on library Intel Math Kernel Library and is actively working with vector instructions AVX/AVX2, thereby provoking maximum possible heating of the processor. The cooling of the processor was performed using a productive air cooler Noctua NH-U14S.

However, most of the Core i7-8086K compared to we previously encountered instances of the Core i7-8700K able to work at lower supply voltages. The frequency of 4.0 GHz, it is quite achievable already at a voltage of 1.0 V, and in this mode, no stability issues are observed. But even in such a gentle state, the processor is still noticeably heated: obtained in this case 65 degrees immediately suggests that the outstanding overclocking will not be due to overheating CPU.

So it is: the maximum frequency at which Core i7-8086K was able to be tested for stability in LinX 0.9.2, steel only 4.8 GHz, obtained at a voltage of 1,225 V.

It would seem that the CPU voltage is not so high, but core temperature still very close to the 100-degree limit on which desktop Coffee Lake turns on the throttle. It turns out that there is nothing “beautiful” 5.0 GHz under any load it can not go. In its original condition Core i7-8086K at the overclocking potential was similar to the ordinary Core i7-8700K, which if possible overclocking up to 5.0 GHz, then the vast majority of cases, only with the addition of a corrective coefficient of -2 under AVX loads.

Whether in such a situation to help the scalp? Most likely Yes, because the acceleration, obviously, rested not in the limit of silicon and temperature. So we decided to replace Intel’s termoenergetyczny material under the CPU cover on Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra – liquid metal with a clearly better thermal conductivity.

Procedure itself scalping hardly deserves detailed description. Everything is done exactly as in the case of Core i7-8700K – anniversary Core i7-8086K perfect does not differ from it in physical performance, including how heat-dissipating cover is mounted on the CPU Board and that she’s underneath it.

The performance of the procedure is also not in doubt: the CPU temperature achieved in LinX 0.9.2 in overclocking modes, immediately dropped by about 15-20 degrees, which seemingly cleared the way for the conquest of the coveted 5-gigahertz mark. However, there was another problem. Close to linear increase in frequency during acceleration at the existing instance of Core i7-8086K was observed only up to 4.8-4.9 GHz. Further, to ensure the stability required for more serious increment of tension, which immediately resulted in a noticeable temperature rise. As a result, the change termoenergetska material and could not cause a qualitative improvement in the overclocking potential. Temperature map of the Core i7-8086K has improved, but the spectacular view is still not acquired.

In the end, the maximum acceleration scalped Core i7-8086K was only possible to 5.0 GHz – values, albeit symbolically important, but imagination is not striking. To the same 5 GHz (including when working with AVX/AVX2 instructions) are able to accelerate after conventional scalping and Core i7-8700K.

The only noticeable difference the Core i7-8086K found during acceleration, only concerns the fact that the processor is able to conquer a fairly high frequency with a more restrained increase in voltage. However, full stability at 5.0 GHz, we managed to achieve only at 1.35 V. this means that the maximum frequency limit of semiconductor crystal under consideration of the product has remained close to what could boast six-core Coffee Lake before. It turns out that if to have in mind the operation in the overclocking modes, the anniversary processor should not be considered guaranteed best alternative to conventional flagship Coffee Lake. Core i7-8700K and Core i7-8086K approximately equal in this respect.

All this means only one thing: the selection of crystals for the anniversary of processors is not frequency potential, and for some other indications, for example, on energy at the frequency of 4.0 GHz or ability to work at this frequency with a relatively low voltage. Yes, it can be converted into better overclocking potential, but there is no determinism in this. As shown by experiments with our instance of Core i7-8086K, on the one hand, the processor may have a low VID and look promising in the nominal modes, but high frequencies to take very reluctantly.

The obtained results overclocking testing need another comments. A couple of weeks ago Silicon Lottery, online service, which deals with the selection and scalping processors, has published his statistics of overclocking Core i7 – 8086K, according to which about 60 percent of the instances of the Core i7-8086K able to take the frequency of 5.2 GHz.

Does this mean that tested in our laboratory processor is a very bad representative of a new family? Not at all. It’s in the methodology used Silicon Lottery. There are two basic things: they disperse the processor a reduction factor -2 under AVX loads, and for cooling is used one of the productive closed cooling system. And if this approach to apply to our CPU, then it will be quite typical and will be included in the 60 per cent of the most successful instances. In particular, additional testing showed that ITS a NZXT Kraken X72 he passes stability tests that don’t use AVX instructions, at the frequency of 5.2 GHz.

Only need to increase voltage to 1.4 V, but ITS with the withdrawal of the heat generated by the CPU copes. No problems with the stress and pass the test AVX-stability at 5.0 GHz.

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