MSI X370 XPower KRAIT Gaming review

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The motherboard follows a standard ATX form factor (30.4 x 24.3cm). The motherboard is located in the high-end range of the Ryzen desktop processor product stack. 

Size ATX
Chipset AMD X370
Memory 4 x DDR4 up to 3200 (OC)
Multi-GPU CrossFireX, 2 x SLI
Expansion PCIe 3.0 x16 (CPU): 2 (x16/x0, x8/x8)
PCIe 2.0 x16 (Chipset): 1 (up to x4)
PCIe 2.0 x1 (Chipset): 3
Storage 1 x M.2 (NVMe x4 or SATA 6Gbps)
6 x SATA 6Gbps
Networking Realtek 8111H Gigabit Ethernet
Audio Realtek ALC892 codecs
USB 2.0 / 3.1: multiple
Onboard Graphics 1 x HDMI port, 1x DVI-D

With the X370 board MSI releases a high-end class product, it has plenty enough features to keep you busy for a while. The X370 Krait is meant to be an affordable motherboard targeting gamers and enthusiasts alike. Its color theme is black and white.


he Ryzen processor has its own 16 PCIe Gen 3 lanes available for your graphics solution. Ryzen has 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes in total yet 4 of them are being used to interface with the chipset. Then depending on the chipset used it adds gen 2.0 PCIe lanes through the chipset. The board has been fitted with white LED Mystic lights, all was kept subtle and can be configured on/off/animated and single (white) colored. The primary graphics slots have metal shielding and also have a nice black/white coating to match the aesthetic design of this motherboard.



  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
  • 1 x DVI-D port
  • 1 x HDMI™ 1.4 port
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
  • 6 x audio jacks
The I/O back panel reveals 3.1/2.0 ports. The audio unit has noise reducing capacitors and shielding on top of a Realtek ALC892 chip. You will spot one Intel 10/100/1000 Realtek Ethernet jack. Included is a PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port. Included with the motherboard are the regulars including; manuals, driver CDs, SATA cables and a rear I/O plate. 



The board has 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots which can be arranged in these slot configurations with graphics cards:

  • 1-way mode - x16 / x0 / x0 
  • 2-way mode - x8 / x8 / x0
  • 3-way mode - x8 / x8 / x4

As you can see, the primary two x16 slots are PCI Express Gen 3.0 configurations, that's plenty for regular graphics card setups up-to 2-way SLI/Crossfire. The motherboard comes with an 8-pin power connector. You'll get four DIMM slots that can be used for up-to 64GB of dual-channel memory. Up-to 3200 MHz is supported in OC mode. Please do check compatible Memory and thus the QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists) as memory support on the Ryzen platform can be a tricky thing.

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