MSI’s Enhanced Boost with EXPO Makes the Ryzen 7 7800X3D Faster by up to 12%

AMD’s Ryzen 7 7800X3D is now the fastest gaming CPU on the market, drawing significantly less power than its rivals and costing a very affordable $449. Unfortunately, like its predecessor, the 7800X3D has a locked multiplier, severely limiting overclocking. Traditionally, board partners have found ways to circumvent such restrictions, and it won’t be any different in this case. While we haven’t seen any feats of BLCK overclocking, MSI has developed a firmware-level optimization called “Enhanced Boost 3“.

This sounds (and probably works) like Precision Boost Overdrive which improves gaming performance by 9-12% when used alongside AMD’s EXPO memory overclocking preset. MSI has also devised a “High Efficiency” mode that further enhanced gaming performance. This likely optimizes the frequency/voltage curve to attain higher boost clocks. Strangely, the benchmarks leaked were conducted at 1440p, where games are mostly GPU bottlenecked.

These tests were conducted using the MSI X670E Tomahawk WiFi paired with the MSI Coreliquid S360 and RTX 4090 Gaming Trio.

Leaked internal document shows the Ryzen 7800X3D game performance. And nearly 10% faster (Watch Dogs Legion) with optimized EXPO/CPU settings. 🧐🧐🧐

Originally tweeted by chi11eddog (@g01d3nm4ng0) on April 4, 2023.


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