Strat (France) Shares Findings on Hynix XOC with MSI Z170A Xpower Titanium

As more and more overclockers get their hands on the top-tier Skylake Z170 motherboards, we find more overclocking guides too. In the latest thread, Strat from France shares his findings on how to push Hynix MFR memory on the MSI Z170A Xpower Titanium motherboard.

The guide is short but to the point. With four BIOS screens Strat explains the configuration settings to use if you want to find the most optimal Hynix MFR memory configuration. The examples include a fully tuned set of main and sub-timings, as well as an indication of the voltage levels. Of course it largely depends on your individual components - CPU and memory - how much fine-tuning can be done from this base profile.

For more information, check out the thread in the Skylake Z170 sub-forum.


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France Strat says:

Hi folks,

Sharing is caring right? :)

Z170A Xpower is very strong on mem, at least on Hynix MFR/AFR (no other kit in my hand). Efficiency is right where it should be.

First of all (as usual) :

- Find the good temp for your mem. I can run -180° on mine but the best temp is -100°, this is where I can achieve 1830MHz 10-15-15-28-278 and 1870MHz 10-16-16-278
- Find the right amount of volt. Mine do not like more than 1.85v

Then you can try the set of timings I found, it is not perfect, but seems to be a good base :













With these settings and auto RTL/IO I get 44/45 5/5, sometimes 44/46 5/6.

I did a quick try at 5Ghz, this is what I got :




Full out run (i know my CPU is very bad :D ) :




Feedback is welcome! :celebration:

Sweden Rauf says:

Nice of you to share! The msi board does seem nice. How about RTL and IOL?

France Strat says:

I forgot to mention that part, I edited the first post.
With these settings and auto RTL/IO I get 44/45 5/5, sometimes 44/46 5/6.

France pepinorang says:

Nice work Strat! Next AFR ? :D

The Overclocking Knights says:

pepinorang said: Nice work Strat! Next AFR ? :D


I'm sure he will like AFR, I already like mine! :D Quick aircooling try:

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Pt1t.

France pepinorang says:

The Overclocking Knights said: I'm sure he will like AFR, I already like mine! :D


Those AFR should be cold already! :p
Finishing support thread today and OC Guide soon :celebration:

Brazil nado4ilhas says:

The Overclocking Knights said: I'm sure he will like AFR, I already like mine! :D Quick aircooling try:


Pt1t.




Msi seems to have done a great job. Have you got tests using Samsung ics?

France pepinorang says:

nado4ilhas said: Msi seems to have done a great job. Have you got tests using Samsung ics?


Yeah, Toppc validated DDR4-4600 Dual Channel on this board: http://hwbot.org/submission/2939951_toppc_memory_clock_ddr4_sdram_2302.9_mhz

Tapakah also tested some G.Skill Ripjaws V (F4-3200C16D-8GVK) recently:




+1733 c13 Memtest stable:


+1800 c14 Memtest stable:



+1866 c15 Memtest stable:

Sweden Rauf says:

I like the MB, thinking about getting one. But I see you are using special bios (T0P) and it does not seem to be available anywhere. Anyone willing to share?

France Strat says:

No probs, i will upload it tomorrow. But I think a better one should come out soon.

Sweden Rauf says:

Thanks! Command center light would be nice as well! :)

France pepinorang says:

Strat said: No probs, i will upload it tomorrow. But I think a better one should come out soon.


Next week indeed :)

France pepinorang says:

Rauf said: Thanks!
Command center light would be nice as well! :)


Will post a thread with everything needed before end of week, just need to finish some work before. :)

United States Random says:

Cas 10.... just... wow... I need to see some 32m action

France Strat says:

32m is slow with Skylake... No motivation to try it yet. Maybe later.

Sweden Rauf says:

My board will arrive today :) Hope Pepi can share bios and tools soon :) By the way Strat, no issues overclocking quad kits for you?

France Strat says:

No issue at all, but as you can see on Hwbot, 2 dimm on cold is way better than 4 dimm on air (even on cold because of the low overclocking margin).

Sweden Rauf says:

You are very fast to reply! I meant about the spd for quad kits giving problem overclocking on z170. Have seen reported that two mems from a quad kit overclocks worse on z170 than four the same mems on x99.

France Strat says:

Tapatalk notification :D

I haven't seen that kind of issue.

Here is the Command Center Lite : https://www.dropbox.com/s/at5d08vamn95i61/CCL%202.0.0.8.rar?dl=0

But I can't find T.0P bios, you will have to wait for Pepi.

The Overclocking Knights says:

Rauf said: My board will arrive today :) Hope Pepi can share bios and tools soon :)

By the way Strat, no issues overclocking quad kits for you?


Sorry, need to bench some more to release a proper OC guide.
It will explain voltages and BIOS in detail to help guys handle the board properly and have fun with it. I hope I can post before end of this week.

I also prefer to not release T.0P TEST BIOS and wait for next update as this one unlocks experimental engineering stuff that are risky for hardware.
Instead, I will get latest BETA BIOS and post here by today. :)

France pepinorang says:

Here ya go, latest BETA BIOS (113) for Z170A XPOWER GAMING TE: https://www.dropbox.com/s/2t677xnt8jpny7j/E7968IMS.113?dl=0 Latest Command Center Lite: https://www.dropbox.com/s/42n4hngpraut565/2.0.0.10.rar?dl=0 Latest Command Center Lite Memory: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ynuzyynorhyogbe/CCL%20Memory%201.0.0.12.zip?dl=0

Brazil nado4ilhas says:

this motherboard is doing well in overclocking memory?

France pepinorang says:

nado4ilhas said: this motherboard is doing well in overclocking memory?


Thread and screenshots are there for you to make your own opinion... ;)
Here is some more: 4x4Gb 3866 Memtest with G.Skill memory (Samsung) :D


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