We’ve mentioned before how the new X370 chipset has really dragged AMD into the 21st century with all the latest features available, and the Crosshair VI Hero is no exception. Not only do you get the full elements that you would hope to find on an AM4 motherboard – USB 3.1, M.2 socket and the like, but being a Republic of Gamers motherboard it has all the ASUS details too. 

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AMD and MSI had slipped us an X370 XPower Gaming Titanium along with the rest of the kit. While I’ve taken a look at a lot of MSIs boards, I haven’t had the chance to check out any of their Titanium boards and it is an area where I think MSI has really been showing some creativity, so I’m excited to take a closer look at the new board and find out if the Titanium has the features to back up its good looks.

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Also, because it’s part of the Gigabyte Aorus range, there is lots of lighting to tinker with to ensure that your motherboard is unique to you. Much more than just an RGB logo, there are LEDs everywhere. Which in these modern times where people like the sizzle as much as the steak is a fillip for Gigabyte.

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X370-Gaming 5 goes overboard in terms of fan headers. There are eight on board, including a trio that service all-in-one watercoolers and a duo for CPU, and each one is what Aorus calls hybrid. What this means is that each fan header can adjust the power and speed of the fans, which comes into play well when fine-tuning a build.

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With the new CPUs, some of the new X370 boards have pushed their pricing up with all of the added features. Well, this is where the B350 chipset comes in. AMD dropped the number of USB and SAT ports on the B350 and you can’t get SLI on a B350 board but they still allow overclocking and the prices for B350 boards are a lot cheaper. This will come into play more with the mid range Ryzen CPUs, but even paired with the Ryzen 7 1700, a B350 board can be a good value.

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AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

We would recommend Ryzen 7 1800X for desktop and heavy workloads, such as rendering and workstation applications, but it isn’t as competitive with a diverse range of game titles. Ryzen sets a low pricing bar, and the addition of the new Zen microarchitecture and SMT yield an impressive performance improvement over AMD’s previous generation products.

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As you can see, the feature list is extensive, and with the board being 24-hour gaming certified, you know it’s going to keep up with your demanding workloads. Not only is the board designed to look stylish, the aesthetics are more than just visual treats, with Steel Armor on the memory slots and PCIe slots, M.2 Shield, a huge VRM heat sink design, and a rear I/O shroud to name but a few, that give the board exceptional durability.

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AMD Zen and Ryzen 7 Review: 1800X, 1700X and 1700

The Ryzen CPUs will form part of the ‘Summit Ridge’ platform – ‘Summit Ridge’ indicates a Ryzen CPU with a 300-series chipset (X370, B350, A320). Both Bristol Ridge and Summit Ridge, and thus Ryzen, mean that AMD makes the jump to a desktop platform that supports DDR4 and a high-end desktop platform that supports PCIe 3.0 natively.

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BIOSTAR offers just two fan headers, which is a reasonable amount for a mini-ITX motherboard. Most mini-ITX motherboards only feature two fan headers. BIOSTAR’s fan headers are 4-pin PWM-only headers that won’t control voltage (3-pin) fans, instead voltage mode fans will run full speed. PWM fans can be controlled through the UEFI or Windows.

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