MSI Z270 Gaming M7 Review

Published by Luca Rocchi on 11.05.17
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With the Gaming M7, MSI has a well equipped motherboard in its portfolio, which comes with a bunch of interesting features. There are for example three M.2 Gen 3 x4 slots and a single U.2 port. Apart from that MSI refined the design of their Gaming series motherbards, which should make this a pretty interesting model.

The MSI Z270 Gaming M7 is based on an ATX form-factor and there are your usual four DIMM slots. Compared to the previous model we find a cleaner color scheme and more connectors in general. Apart from that “Mystic Light” RGB lighting is supported, which allows to change the illumination of the board from within Windows. There are three full-sized PCIe slots with steel reinforcement and three PCIe x1 slots. Regarding the slots the layout is exactly the same like on the previous model.

Between each full-sized PCIe slot there is a M.2 slot and one of them is covered with the MSI M.2 Shield which should help preventing thermal throttling of M.2 SSDs. The slots can hold a whole variety of M.2 drives and the longest of them could measure 110mm, complying with the 22110 standard. In the case of SATA ports you’ll find six angled ports. MSI has also added quite a few bells and whistles that you might need for overclocking. Like on the Z270 Titanium series, there is a debug display as well as several onboard buttons.

Checking Geizhals for the price we find that this boards is listed for about 232 Euro. This is anything but cheap, but considering that this is a great looking, high-end Z270 motherboard, the price is still in a kind of reasonable range.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 3 - Features Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 4 - Layout Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 6 - BIOS Page 19 - Tomb Raider
Page 7 - Test setup Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 21 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 9 - 3D Mark Page 22 - Power Consumption
Page 10 - 3D Mark 11 Page 23 - Performance Rating
Page 11 - 3D Mark Vantage  Page 24 - Price Comparison
Page 12 - PC Mark 8 Page 25 - Conclusion
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1  

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