MSI Performance Gaming AMD X470 Ryzen 2 Review

MSI Performance Gaming AMD X470 Ryzen 2
PC/Laptop

This motherboard comes with pretty much everything you need as far as building a PC and is delightful to use. The BIOS is easy to configure and gives you a solid performance. There’s no overheating or boosted core speeds, and while the RGB lights seem to be the biggest problem, the BIOS itself is above reproach.

MSI Performance Gaming AMD X470 Ryzen 2 Features

  • Award-winning BIOS with high resolution scalable font, favorites and search function.
  • Audio Boost – Eight-channel Realtek ALC892 for optimized gaming audio.
  • Gaming heatsinks- For maximum cooling and performance
  • PCI-E Steel Armor-Protecting VGA cards against bending and electromagnetic interference (EMI)
  • EZ Debug LED – Easiest way to troubleshoot the BIOS.
  • 2x Power connectors – Delivering adequate power supply for multi-core CPU.
  • Mystic Light and Mystic Light Sync – 7 colors / 7 effects in one click.

Pros

  • Cheap – This is the cheapest full-sized ATX X470 entry-level motherboard on market
  • Durable – The firmware is a sturdy build. All the connectors fit properly and the pins look good.
  • Easy to install – No BIOS update needed, just plug in and go.
  • Easy to use layout – The fan and pump ports are in a convenient location. The CMOS button placement on the board’s back panel is super convenient.
  • Attractive features – Such as the USB BIOS update, readable code on the board (a must these days for debugging hardware issues), and the clear CMOS button. I also like the steel armor enforced PCI slots.
  • Terrific overclocking options – The BIOS has extra headers to accommodate a vast array of coolers, case fans, and RGB LED strip add-ons.

Cons

  • No Wifi.
  • Onboard audio limited to ALC892.
  • No support for USB 3.1 Type-C on the rear panel or via an internal header, with just a pair of Type-A ports dishing out USB 3.1 speeds at the back.
  • While the LEDs on the back of the motherboard can be customized, you’ll need a Windows 10 app to customize those on the front. Even then, the RGB only shows one color at a time.
  • There are only 6 USB ports on the back. You may need an expansion card.
  • Max supported memory is 64gb.

Final Verdict

X470 Ryzen 2Low budget doesn’t necessarily mean low quality, and that’s precisely the case with MSI’s lowest cost X470 chipset motherboard, the X470 Gaming Plus.  The mobo has the basic feature set  – USB 3.1 gen 1 front-panel connectors, decent audio, and plug-in-and-go capacity, with no BIOS update needed.

The BIOS is durable and easy to install. It also has outstanding overclocking options, with an optical output, decent-size VRM heatsinks and enough fan headers to power up to six fans including one dedicated for AIO liquid-cooler pumps.  There’s a CMOS clear switch at the base of the board, which is arguably one of the more useful overclocking and testing tools.

The shortfalls?  The most severe is the LED lighting that is far less customizable than the product suggests.  Get used to seeing red!

Bottom line: if you’re overclocking on a budget, this is your board. It’s stable. There’s not a lot of “bells and whistles” but it’s a great price to performance!