MSI X370 XPower KRAIT Gaming review

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Product Showcase

Product Showcase


It is a bit hard to see on the above photo, but to your upper middle you can see the M.2 slot designed to be compatible with any length of M.2 SSD. Let me zoom in on that a bit though:


There, that would be the NVMe M.2 SSD slot on a x4 link, truly really really fast on this platform as our test results will show. 


  1. 1 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
  2. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
And can I say bless you MSI, they understand it. No more SATA Express connectors. Hurrah! To the right you can see the USB 3.1 port connector for your chassis connectivity.


As mentioned, the audio solution is at the lower front side of the PCIe slots and is based on a Realtek ALC 892 CODEC and software combination. You can spot Nichicon audio grade (or at least something similar looking) fine capacitors, suited for high-grade audio equipment to provide rich sound in the bass and clearer high frequencies. There's little else to say really, the audio solution looks and sounds lovely. Also there is an isolation trace LED lit on the PCB indicating the audio zone.


Check the heatsinks, pretty cool design. Take note of the metal covers on the two primary x16 PCI-Express slots, they show off a bit. They provide sturdier and stronger slots, handy for very heavy graphics cards. 


An 8-pin connector to power that processor of yours, using the 8-pin connector is plenty enough for Ryzen. 


The motherboard has a 10 Phase Power delivery design for the processor based on digital power controllers. 

Internal I/O Connectors

  • 1 x 24-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors (support additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
  • 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
  • 1 x 4-pin PUMP fan connector (supports up to 2A)
  • 4 x 4-pin system fan connectors
  • 1 x RGB LED connector
  • 1 x TPM module connector
  • 1 x Serial port connector
  • 1 x Parallel port connector
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector
  • 2 x System panel connectors
  • 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper


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