MSI X299 Gam­ing M7 ACK

Lots of speed, but with a po­ten­tial side of shenani­gans.

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The MSI of­fer­ings have been the sur­prise com­peti­tors in this roundup, with lead­ing per­for­mance met­rics in our labs test­ing. How­ever, we sus­pect this may be due to BIOS-level tweak­ing in­creas­ing the all-core per­for­mance of the Core i9-7900X test sam­ple. This be­hav­iour is in­dica­tive of the per­for­mance gaps be­tween the MSI of­fer­ings and com­peti­tors in tests such as the Cinebench R115 multi-threaded test and 3DMark physics.

It has been a long time since we’ve seen such a broad per­for­mance dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion across a roundup of ‘ boards all util­is­ing the same chipset and hard­ware. Sadly, due to sev­eral con­straints, we were un­able to get clar­ity on this sub­ject be­fore go­ing to print. How­ever, it wasn’t the only set of re­sults that drew a sec­ond look along with re-test­ing — for in­stance, the out­ly­ing NVMe se­quen­tial (Q31T1) read band­width demon­strated by the ASRock X299 Taichi ver­sus all other com­peti­tors.

Sport­ing a mono­chrome aes­thetic with metal­lic high­lights, the M7 ACK does well to al­low the in­te­grated RGB illumination to com­pli­ment the over­all in­dus­trial de­sign.

The dual M.2 ports re­ceive a heatsink cover ex­tend­ing from the PCH heatsink with two pronged heatsinks to wick heat away from ham­mered NVMe SSDs. From a prac­ti­cal per­spec­tive the so­lu­tion re­quires the re­moval of any GPUs to ac­cess the M.2 ports.

The BIOS didn’t have the same level of re­fine­ment as we ex­pe­ri­enced with the ASUS and Gi­ga­byte boards, but it was clearly enough to pump out the re­sults.

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