MSI Intel 8 Series Platform - the tiny Z87I review
Today we review, test and benchmark the MSI Z87I series motherboard. You better grab a magnifying glass as this is the smallest fully fetched Z87 motherboard you will ever see. Yep, the high-end chipset based Z87I is made in a Mini-ITX form factor, that means you can seat a processor as powerful as the Core i7 4770K onto a motherboard that is 17x17 CM in size. Amazing really, especially when you will learn it still has a fully fetched PCIe x16 slot, Dual Gigabit Ethernet, WIFI, USB 3.0 and heck even four SATA 6 Gbps ports.
So 17x17 CM gets all this:
Suports 4th Gen Intel Core/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1150 socket
Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory
USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
Military Class Essentials: Total Protection for Military Class Motherboards
3 Digital Display Outputs: DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI Support
PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
USB Audio Power: A Break Through in USB Audio Quality
Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds
Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel Wireless Display
Are you excited yet ? We certainly are. The MSI Z87I has a 4-phase VRM with cooling, dual Gigabit Ethernet, a PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot (one each), 24-pin and 4-pin power connectors, two full-size DDR3 DIMM memory slots, 8-channel audio, 802.11 b/g/n WiDI, WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Another advantage is that the Z87I has CPU overclocking support. As for video connectivity, MSI settled for DVI-I, DisplayPort and HDMI as well as 8-channel audio coming from a Realtek ALC 892 codec. This Haswell-ready mainboard has six USB 3.0 ports and a couple of USB 2.0 connectors. Have a peek at this spectacular looking and feature rich motherboard -- an all new design, and then let's fire up this review.
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MSI Z87I motherboard review We review, test and benchmark the MSI Z87I series motherboard. You better grab a magnifying glass, as this is the smallest fully fetched Z87 motherboard you will ever see. Yep, the Z87I is made on a Mini-ITX form factor.