Upgrade your Nightblade X2

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The topic I want to discuss with everyone today is how to upgrade your own MSI Nightblade X2 gaming desktop. Although every gamers here are familiar with assembling a desktop, I still begin with introduction of a desktop?s basic components for the gamer who are new to gaming world. Hope you like this!!!
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A gaming desktop is assembled by several dedicated components. And these components cooperate with each other perfectly to support a desktop. Therefore a gaming desktop can?t run normally without any of these components.


The main components of a desktop:
lCPU: The most important calculating unit in a desktop. Just like the brain of human.
lMB: Work as a bridge to connect every units of a desktop. Every units should work through MB.
lRAM: Temporarily store data for CPU and GPU.
lVGA: This unit is responsible for the quality of gaming. The image of gaming is calculated and produced by it.
lHDD: Storage space. There are traditional Hard Disk and Solid-state Disk in current market.
lODD: CD-ROM drive
lPower: Deliver the electricity to desktop. Desktop can?t be boot without it.

One picture to understand inside of MSI Nightblade X2
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Alright! Let?s get into our topic: Ugrade Your Own MSI Nightblade X2 Gaming Desktop. Today we want to upgrade our graphics cards, RAM, cooling system



Step 1
Remove graphics card
When we upgrade Nightblade X2, I strongly suggest removing graphics card first. Not only ensure graphics cards won?t be damaged during process but also make more space.
First, pull out the power cord carefully.
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Second, disassemble the bracket by screwdriver

Third, push the latch and remove the graphics card


Step 2
Remove cooling
No doubt that the temperature of machine will influence the efficiency of it. Therefore, we should choose cooling based on cpu?s wattage. Then our cpu can be protected well.
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First, release the four screws on the fan

Second, open the left side cover, and remove the CPU bracket


Third, coat a little thermal grease on cooling and align cooling with cpu?s base.

Fourth, chose the right spec of cooling, and re-install it carefully, especially DO NOT crash the CPU pin on the motherboard.    


Step 3
Upgrade RAM

Recommend everyone to choose the same standard and manufacturer in order to avoid boot failure caused by hardware conflicting.
First, choose the RAM with the same standard from the same manufacturer
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Second, push the latch on both sides. Then pull out and replace new RAM.
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Step4
Install new graphics card
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First, align graphics card with slot to install
Second, lock the bracket
Third, connect the power cord
Then we finish our work!!!!

For this time , I also install some led light to decorate my Nightblade X2
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Thansk for watch , You can share your experience about upgrade you own Gaming desktop here  , we're glad to have your reply.
Please continue focus on our forum. This week we will introduce the hottest topic in gaming now: Tom Clancy?s The Division!!!
 

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lundqvist.tobias

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Thanks for a great guide! I am a little bit confused about the maximum amount of RAM that the Nightblade X2 supports. A lot of stores say 16 GB, but some say 32 GB. Which one is it? The one I am looking at in particular is http://www.elgiganten.se/product/datorer-tillbehor/stationar-dator/MSIX2056/msi-nightblade-x2-056eu-stationar-dator-gaming

Also, what RAM do you suggest buying if I want high quality 32 GB RAM in the computer?

Thanks!
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It supports up to 32GB (2 DIMMs). Not sure why seller says 16GB, as DDR4 i7 6700K supports up to 64GB (4 DIMMs=16GB per slot, Nightblade X2 has 2 slots so 32GB).
https://us.msi.com/pdf/bb/Nightblade%20X2-001BUS.pdf For reference :) 

For RAM, I'd recommend Corsair and Kingston. But it's my opinion. Others may tell GSkill, Adata and so on.
 

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Nichrome date=1458137950 said:
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It supports up to 32GB (2 DIMMs). Not sure why seller says 16GB, as DDR4 i7 6700K supports up to 64GB (4 DIMMs=16GB per slot, Nightblade X2 has 2 slots so 32GB).
For reference :)

For RAM, I'd recommend Corsair and Kingston. But it's my opinion. Others may tell GSkill, Adata and so on.
Thank you for your reply, Nichrome! Is there any limit on how fast DDR4 RAM I can install? Sorry for the very newbie question, but I am quite lost in this area. I have no idea what RAM to choose. I will use my computer for Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Oculus Rift and some gaming.
 

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It actually depends on the CPU and luck. 2133MHz is obviously going to work, as it's default speeds, but anything above is not guaranteed, and usually it's down to the CPU whether higher will work or not. Also sometimes manual tuning is required too. So no limits really (temperatures ;D ) but manual adjustments might be required.
 

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Nichrome date=1458157737 said:
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It actually depends on the CPU and luck. 2133MHz is obviously going to work, as it's default speeds, but anything above is not guaranteed, and usually it's down to the CPU whether higher will work or not. Also sometimes manual tuning is required too. So no limits really (temperatures ;D ) but manual adjustments might be required.
Thank you for your advice! Right now I am looking at Dominator? Platinum Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Memory kit.
In theory, those should work with the X2 Nightblade and its 6th Gen Intel? Core ? i7-6700K quad-core 4Ghz processor, right?
 

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In theory, yes. Don't know if at 3000MHz, but 2400MHz shouldn't be a problem.
 

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Hey, does  msi liveupdate work with the nightblade x2?  As I cant get it working.  It just says this platform does not support this program.

OS- windows 10x64
 

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fizz.11 date=1458436073 said:
Hey, does  msi liveupdate work with the nightblade x2?  As I cant get it working.  It just says this platform does not support this program.

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LiveUpdate is not listed on Drivers/Utilities download list, so it seems it's not supported/not compatible.
https://www.msi.com/Desktop/support/Nightblade-X2.html#down-driver&Win10 64
 

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This is a tricky question... 

Anyone tried internally water cooling both the CPU & GPU on MSI Nightblade?
 

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How do you reset bios/clear cmos on the x2?  There was a firmware update and it won't load up now, I only get black screen.
 

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@fizz where did you found the firmware update? I don't see any BIOS updates on the support Homepage from MSI.
 

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Hmm just hit up device manager and firmware.  It updated then said reboot and now pc powers up but black screen.
 

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@fizz.11
please open new own topic for troubleshooting,
don't hijack this sticky topic with private issues
thanks
 

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fizz.11 date=1460739684 said:
My queries are in topic.  Upgrade nightblade x2?
This sticky was made by edcwtsai to help with hardware upgrades. Your issues is BIOS (software). So I strongly suggest you follow Svet's advise and open new and own topic.
 

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Hi All ,

I have X2 bought 12 months ago.It is 4th gen I7 4790k and i really wonder if it supports 32gb ram.It has 16 gb installed already.

If anyone knows , will appreciate to learn.

Very nice topic, cheers
 

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Hi EE, 

Yes , Nightblade X2 could support 32GB RAM , but I suggest you can use 2 * 16 GB ram!  

Thanks 
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