MSI have provided me with this PC, which I’ll
be talking about in this video. It’s an AMD-powered system, sporting the
latest 7 nm Ryzen processor and Navi graphics card to let you play fast, but also to play
cool thanks to watercooling and MSI’s X570 motherboard and Sekira 500G case. If Deus
Ex is to be believed, the future is black and gold, so this system certainly puts me
in good stead as we head on over to the 2020’s. …But don’t worry, it’s also got RGB!
We’ll start with the gaming benchmarks. The graphics card in this computer is AMD’s
flagship 5700 XT, which is suited to 1080p and 1440p gaming, and can dabble with higher
thanks to some interesting technologies which I’ll touch on in a bit.
I have MSI’s Evoke model, which comes with dual MSI Torx fans, MECH’s direct touch
heat-pipes, and a gold (coloured) backplate. It’s also a bit shorter than most other
cards of its class, which will help it to fit into smaller cases.
Not that I have one! At 1080p, it didn’t struggle with any of
the games I tested, it scored just under 200 FPS in Rainbow Six Siege, and in Apex Legends
it was comfortably above 100 FPS at all times on ultra high settings. There’s probably
a framerate cap since most of the time it stuck at a solid 144 FPS. You can check out
the FRAPS number in the top right hand corner of these clips to see the kind of framerate
behaviour I was experiencing in this game. At no point was there any lag or stutters
to speak of. I noticed that when recording with Relive
it would sometimes drop a few frames below 144, but the experience was still smooth and
despite my completele noobishness at this game, our team still managed to win the match
that I played. For Counter-Strike I loaded up a game of casual
and ran about like a madman- a true worst-case scenario in gaming. I had no complaints about
the smoothness of the frames… even if it didn’t help my luck. It scored over 400
FPS in the benchmark at 1080p on high settings, and when dropped to 720p this number rose
to over 450. The reason I didn’t show these results with the rest was because these figures
were so high they skewed the chart ridiculously. I also tried PUBG, thinking it was a poorly
optimised game, but I think they may have made improvements to it because the framerates
weren’t just very high, but also very consistent. You can see the sort of framerates I’m getting
here. Well over 100 at all times- the only situation where it dropped below this was
when I drove around the outskirts of a town where there was a large battle raging inside.
But even then it remained smooth. I tried to get a closer look at the action but then
this happened. Of particular interest to these kinds of competitive
games is AMD Anti-lag, which reduces the delay between your PC and your monitor. I have no
way of measuring the difference this makes accurately, but here are AMD’s slides on
it showing the difference it makes. And when you’re talking competitive games, milliseconds
matter, so it’s good to see AMD offering features such as these for the more serious
gamers among us. Moving up to 1440p and I found performance
in competitive games remained high enough to be competitive- this is PUBG on ultra settings
at 1440p, so there’s a lot of room to tinker with them if you want to. My main regret was
not configuring my controls because I missed out on some amazing opportunities that I never
get in the game normally. The only time I got it below 60 at 1440p was
in Assassins Creed Odyssey with everything on ultra high… and even then I got 58 and
the minimums remained above 30. Dropping the settings to HIGH bumped the average up to
79 fps. This card is very much designed for 1440p at very high settings in today’s games.
Moving beyond this is where it gets interesting. At 4K I still got above 30 FPS in all games
I tested, with 60 being achievable in most if you lower some of the settings. But another
one of AMD’s new technologies is worth mentioning here- FidelityFX is a sharpening tool. You
can see the difference it makes in Assassins Creed Odyssey here, using the Reshade plugin.
But we don’t just want sharpening! It also conveniently helps to make upscaled
pictures appear more ‘detailed’ again. If you have a 4K monitor, and run a game at,
say, 80% of that resolution, it will run a lot faster than full 4K, but will look blurry
because it’s been upscaled. However, if you then use FidelityFX on it, the sharpening
will bring out the edges and some of the detail that may otherwise have been lost in the blur
somewhat. It doesn’t make extra detail out of nowhere, but it enhances what is there,
bringing the perceived clarity back up close to that of native 4K, as opposed to that of
a blurry upscale. This opens up a lot of possibilities which
will allow you to more closely tailor your game to whatever your personal preferences
are in regards to framerate, resolution and sharpness.
Before we move onto other components, here are the 3Dmark results for the MSI 5700 XT
Evoke. Firestrike at 1080p, Firestrike Extreme at 1440p, and Time Spy… at whatever resolution
that runs at. Onto the processor, which is a Ryzen 3700X.
This is of particular interest to me, since I was previously using a 1800X. Both have
the same 8 cores and 16 threads, but 2 generations of improvements means that the 3700X manages
to be faster, while consuming less power and costing less.
In short: the 3700X will offer great performance in both games and productive workloads, which
is ideal for a Youtuber such as myself. Here is how it performs in numerous CPU benchmarks,
and with my older 1800X there for comparison. Which remember, still has the same number
of cores and threads. In CPU-Z, the single-core performance is over
27% better, and the multi-core score has improved by 25% over my first-generation Ryzen. And
in Cinebench R15 the new Ryzen 3700X is over 30% faster.
In the newer Cinebench R20, the 3700X scored 4,677. Which compares to the others like…
this. If you’re wondering where my old computer’s score is… I was unable to get the program
to load, since the Microsoft Store insisted I didn’t have 4 GB of RAM or something stupid
like that. Oh well. Overclocking Ryzens is something of a tricky
area for me, since they’re already finely tuned. They’re continually monitoring themselves,
lowering clockspeeds and even shutting parts down to save electricity when they’re not
in use. But when you start doing something, it gets even more interesting. All parts of
them immediately wake up and ramp up to high speeds. There are star cores which perform
the best and these are used to ensure optimal single-core performance. All of this is monitored
in realtime to get the best performance while remaining within safe power and thermal limits.
The third generation of Ryzen does all of this automatically. What YOU can do is to
ensure it’s kept cool, which will allow for it to ramp up to higher speeds, for longer.
In this case, it’s being cooled by a cool Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R, which is
a dual-fan water-cooler with built-in RGB and a replaceable cooling cap. The plus side
of this is that the logo can still be the right way around, even if I install the whole
thing upside down. These components are all housed in MSI’s
MEG X570 ACE Motherboard, which comes with a LOT of built-in features:
It supports 2.5 Gb LAN. And if you find yourself in the dire situation of NOT having a LAN
cable, you can use its built-in WIFI, which has support for MU-MIMO and BSS Color to help
with a good connection even in dire circumstances. To keep things cool it comes with an extended
heatpipe design and a Frozr heatsink, unique to the MSI X570 series of motherboard, all
cooled by a patented double ball-bearing fan. It has PCI-E 4 support to ensure no bottleneck
with the GPU. If you have an SSD and a hard-drive, then you can use StoreMI to combine the two.
The idea is, as you use your system, it will intelligently move the games and files that
are used most to the faster SSD part of things. It’s an easy, hassle-free way to get the
speed of an SSD with the storage capacity of a hard-drive.
This is a good time to mention the SSD in this system- I’m using a 1 TB Corsair MP600.
As you can see from this CristalDiskMark result, it can read and write more than 4000 MB per
second… while normal hard drives max out at about 100. This reassuringly means that
your storage won’t be the bottleneck in the system. It also comes in 500 GB and 2
TB variants. The MSI MEG X570 ACE can support 3 of these
M.2 storage devices, and has 4 SATA connections as well.
As for the RAM I’m using 4 sticks of Corsair Dominator Platinum 8 GB 3200 Mhz RAM, with
superior aluminum craftsmanship, tightly screened high-frequency memory chips and 12 ultra-bright,
individually addressable CAPELLIX RGB LEDs. And it’s all powered by a Cooler Master
V750 GOLD- which as well as being gold rated, and also happens to be black and gold! It’s
a fully modular PSU with enough power to easily drive this system.
And this is all housed in the towering MSI MPG Sekira 500G case. In the case of this
tower, this tower of a case has all sorts of built in fans and extras, including a removable
radiator bracket which made installing the watercooling a helloalalot easier, a generous
number of the latest and fastest USB plugs on the front, some HUGE built-in fans to keep
it all quiet, and with this bit around the edge which is reserved for airflow.
All this is housed in a brushed aluminium and steel construction, finished off in tasteful
(and future-proof!) black and gold. What’s black and gold and RGB all over?.
I’ve only mentioned it in passing so far, but the motherboard, the liquid cooling and
the RAM are all RGB. Within MSI’s Dragon Centre software is Mystic
Light- this is a control panel where you can sync all of the lights in your computer, which
for me includes the MSI motherboard and its Infinity LED, the Corsair RAM and the CoolerMaster
liquid cooling. There’s the option to synchronise it all with supported games, or you can choose
the effects and colours yourself… which I’ll be doing now.
Of course, to suit the black and gold theme, I set it all to a golden colour. I tried black
as well but it didn’t work and then I felt stupid.
But don’t worry- we’ll just have to wait for night.
… And there it is! My MSI PC in beautiful Black
and gold. What do you mean that’s boring? You want RGB? Fine. Have it your way.