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MSI Z87M Gaming Review

ccokeman    -   January 20, 2014
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MSI Z87M Gaming Specifications:

CPU
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.
 
Chipset
Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
Main Memory
Support four DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*(*OC) MHz DRAM, 32GB Max
 Dual channel memory architecture
 Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
 Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Slots
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
On-Board SATA
SATAIII controller integrated in Intel® Z87 chipset
 Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
 Supports six SATA ports (SATA1~6) by Z87
 Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology and Intel® Smart Connect Technology*
 Supports Intel Core processors on Windows 7 and Windows 8.
2 x SATAIII controller integrated in ASMedia® ASM 1061 chipset
 Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
 Supports two e-SATA ports (back panel) by ASM 1061
RAID
SATA1~6 ports support Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (RAID 0/1/5/10) by Intel Z87
USB
Intel Z87 Express Chipset
 6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
RENESAS UPD720202 chipset
 2 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
Audio
Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
 Supports S/PDIF output
LAN
1x Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller*
 The Killer Network Manager is only available for Windows 7 and Windows 8 currently. The supported drivers for other operating systems would be available on the website if provided by vendor.
Multi-GPU
Supports 2-Way AMD CrossFireTM Technology*
 Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLITM Technology
 Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Internal I/O Connectors
 
 1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
 1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
 2x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
1x USB 3.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports)
 2x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
 2x 4-pin system fan connectors
 1x Front panel audio connector
 2x System panel connectors
 1 x TPM connector
 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
 1 x Slow mode booting jumper
 1 x Power button
 1 x Reset button
 1 x OC Genie button
 1 x OC Genie mode switch
 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
 2 x USB 2.0 ports
 1 x Clear CMOS button
 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
 6 x USB 3.0 ports
 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
 2 x HDMI ports
 1 x DisplayPort
 2 x eSATA ports
 6 x OFC audio jacks
BIOS
The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.
Dimension
9.6 in. x 9.6 in. (24.4 cm x 24.4 cm) Micro-ATX Form Factor
Mounting
9 mounting holes.
 

 

MSI Z87M Gaming Features:

  • The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer E2200 Game Networking:The Killer E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect? Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.
  •  Crystal clear sound with Audio Boost: Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games.  Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability.  The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your gaming PC.  Studio level Integrated 600Ω Headphone amplifier,  Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals,  EMI shielded audio codec,   High quality audio capacitors
  •  Top quality audio solution with Sound Blaster Cinema: Hear your enemies perfectly, even on an ear-drum shattering battlefield. Thanks to Sound Blaster Cinema, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones. Your most important gaming sound effects are reproduced crystal clear allowing you to focus on your game even during extremely long gaming sessions. Powered by the SBX Pro Studio technologies, Sound Blaster Cinema enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments, making your ears a decisive tool on the battlefield.
  •  Superb graphics with VGA Boost: MSI VGA Boost is one of MSI's exclusive ways to support gamers to fully engage in their virtual world. VGA Boost increases the power limitations for MSI GAMING graphics cards when inserted in an MSI GAMING motherboard. It simply upgrades your Power Tuning and current limits allowing your graphics to boost to higher clock speeds when your gaming graphics get more intense and sustain maximum performance for a longer time. This is all supported because of the power design for the PCI Express slots and the build quality of MSI Graphics cards. Now, matching MSI gaming hardware not only gives your game PC some fiery red dragon looks, your PC gaming experience will benefit from a safe and powerful boost in graphics.
  •  Blazing fast booting with Super RAID: With MSI Super RAID you can combine hard drives, SSDs and mSATA into blazing fast bootable drives. Load your operating system, videos or even games faster than ever. You can now enjoy the benefits of bigger and faster storage, without all the trouble that normally surround RAID configurations.
  •   Gaming Device Port:  You want more FPS, lower ping, but why use a pro-gaming mouse with old-fashioned standards? MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized for high polling rate mice (500 to 1000 Hz) which lowers your mouse's response time from 8 milliseconds to 1 millisecond! This gives a much smoother mouse response in games. The additional gold plating on the ports enhances the durability drastically and ensures your PS/2 and USB ports are always working when you ship out to a LAN party.
  •  Military Class 4 Components: MILITARY CLASS 4 COMPONENTS: Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Super Ferrite Chokes and Dark CAPs will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions. DARK CAP: With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP's have been a staple in high-end design motherboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan. SUPER FERRITE CHOKE: Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.MILITARY CLASS ESSENTIALS: The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the toughest conditions.The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system can survive each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI radiation. On top of that the all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.
  •  OC Genie 4 & Click BIOS 4: OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this new generation of OC Genie, we're giving you even more performance. The OC Genie button works as you expect it to, but now you have even more control. Flick the OC_MODE switch from the normal "Turbo" to "GAMING" and your PC gets another adrenalin shot! For the more advanced overclockers, we give you complete control of your settings with "My OC Genie".  The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Besides that, it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And all this comes with advanced and cool features.
  •  Optimized for multiple graphics cards: MSI GAMING motherboards feature one or more PCI-Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running a NVIDIA® SLI or AMD CrossFire gaming setup.
  •  Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading: Tired of everlasting loading screens? The MSI Gaming series motherboards offer support for DDR3-3000 MHz memory modules. That way, you will not have to miss out on any gaming action because your in-game levels will be loaded superfast!

 

 

All information courtesy of MSI @ http://us.msi.com/product/mb/Z87M-GAMING.html#overview




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