We review, test and benchmark the MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard. The Z87M Gaming is made on a Micro-ATX form factor at 24.4 x 24.4 CM, that means you can seat a processor as powerful as the Core i7 4770K onto a motherboard this size. MSI has been going strong with their Gaming series motherboards alright, and props where props are due, they are excellent platforms for a modern and fast PC. Especially when you will learn it still has a fully fetched PCIe x16 slots, KillerNIC Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and heck even four SATA 6 Gbps ports.
Heck let me quickly list some of the features:
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
PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds
So based on a relatively small form factor (Micro ATX) we receive a motherboard that has been chucked full with features like Killer LAN and Audio Boost. The MSI Z87M Gaming has a multi-phase-phase digital VRM with cooling, two full PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, 24-pin and 8-pin power connectors, four full-size DDR3 DIMM memory slots and even 8-channel audio. Another advantage is that the Z87M has proper overclocking support. As for video connectivity, MSI settled for DisplayPort and two HDMI ports as well as 8-channel audio coming from a Realtek ALC 1150 codec. This Haswell-ready mainboard has four USB 3.0 ports and a couple of USB 2.0 connectors. Add to that MIL-STND-810G military class components and that black and red design. You even get Click BIOS 4, and the “all new two-stage one-second overclocking OC Genie 4” technology and yeah, the KillerNIC ethernet.
MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard Review We review, test and benchmark the MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard. The Z87M Gaming is made on a Micro-ATX form factor at 24.4 x 24.4 CM, that means you can seat a processor as powerful as the Core i7 477...