How is the VRM thermal performance of the MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI?

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In this article, we focus on the MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI AM4 motherboard and an AMD Ryzen 3000 series processor 3700X CPU to perform photo/ video editing and video game-running tests on it. We'll also run a few overclocking tests to assess its performance as well as temperatures of the CPU and MOSFET while trying to improve the system's efficiency with proper adjustment.
 

The Test Suite

For our testing suite, we’re using Cinebench R20 and Blender (Gooseberry benchmark), along with a benchmarking tool "Puget benchmark" developed by an American company specializing in "professional workstations." You can run these benchmarks on your own PCs and hardware, as well.
 

The Process

First, we'll find the maximum frequency the 3700X processor can reach. The second phase involves achieving a long-term stable overclock at a particular frequency. Since overclocking is required, we chose the Cooler Master ML360R RGB – an excellent AIO liquid cooler. We start by testing for the maximum CPU voltage that can be handled by this cooler. The goal is to keep the maximum CPU temperature between 80~90°C, and not over 90°C. A voltage test for 1.40V is an excellent starting point. When running Cinebench R20, the CPU temperature hovers around 80°C. We’ll first set the voltage at 1.40V, and observe what temperature the overclocked 3700X reaches (the monitoring software used is HWInfo). We're using a variety of real-world benchmarks to stress the CPU and VRMs as best we can. Finally, we'll also use FLIR's FLIRONE PRO thermal imager to confirm our findings and compare temperature records (30-minute records), which will then serve as the supplementary data recorded by software (HWInfo).

 

Configuration tested:

CPU: RYZEN 7 3700X
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 GAMING EDGE WIFI (BIOS v1.3)
Memory: G.SKILL Flare X F4-3200C14D-16GFX 8GB x2
Graphics Card: MSI RTX 2080 Ti Duke
SSD: WD Black NVMe SSD 500GB (M.2)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master LiquidMaster ML360RRGB
Case: MSI MPG GUNGNIR 100 (system fans: 3 front and 1 rear)
Operating system: Windows 10 Pro x64 version 1903

 

Cinebench R20 – 4.25GHz @ 1.40v

The first benchmark is Cinebench R20, and the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X got a benchmark score of 4948cb. HWiNFO recorded a maximum CPU temperature of 82 °C, which is considered fine even for long-term use.
While VR MOS has a maximum of 59 °C, and the FLIX thermal imager displays approximately 67.9 °C. It was initially a concern that the water cooling lacks active airflow, which might contribute to overheating of the MOS, but the cabinet with three front fans and one rear fan do seem to be more than enough as evidenced by the MOS temperature readings.
 
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R20 - CPU temperature 81.4°C, MOS 59°C
 
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R20 - thermal imager VRM max 67.6°C
 

Blender Gooseberry Benchmark – 4.275GHz @ 1.40v

Now, let's move on to Blender, and bump our clock speed by 25MHz, to bring it to 4.275GHz (without changing the 1.40V voltage we set before). As far as the results are concerned, it is quite stable. After running it many times, there were no blue screens. The CPU temperature remained around 78 degrees, and VR MOS hovered between 60 and 61 degrees; the system overall seems stable and performs well. However, our attempts to get to an overclock of 4.3GHz made the system relatively unstable, so we can't recommend it. Therefore, the configuration of 4.25GHz and 1.40V seems to pass our tests.
 
Cinebench R20
Cinebench R20
Blender - HWiNFO CPU 78.3 degrees, VRM 57 degrees

 
Cinebench R20
Blender - thermal imager displays VRM temperature 60.1 degrees
 

F1 2018 – Very Stable

Testing the game F1 2018 was rather convenient thanks to the built-in benchmark. Games usually are more resource-intensive when it comes to the performance of the graphics card, and are not as reliant on the CPU. After running the benchmark for half an hour, the CPU is close to 73 degrees, and the VRM only reaches a mere 53 degrees.
 
Cinebench R20
F1 2018 - HWiNFO display CPU 72.9 degrees, VRM 53 degrees.
 
Cinebench R20
F1 2018 - thermal imager displays VRM 58.1 degrees
 

Puget Systems Adobe Premiere Pro CC – 4.275GHz @ 1.40v

The fourth test is for Adobe Premiere Pro – a commonly-used application for video editing. We ran this test on the Puget benchmark suite. The chart below confirms that the CPU is not underclocked and still retains its 4.275 GHz overclock. This benchmark run gave us a maximum CPU temperature of 79.8 degrees and a VRM temperature of 55 degrees. These results seem perfectly in line with our previous findings.
 
Cinebench R20
Puget Systems Adobe Premiere Pro CC - HWiNFO CPU 79.8 degrees, VRM 55 degrees
Cinebench R20
Thermal imager's VRM 59.8 degrees

Wrap-up

After running the tests above, the best overclocking combination for this system turned out to be: 1.40V CPU voltage and 4.25GHz~ frequency. Normal usage results in a maximum CPU temperature of approximately 80 degrees; VRM temperature is not high either. The VRM temperature displayed by thermal imager sits at approximately 60~70 degrees – perfect for long-term use.
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