( 4.8 Average / 14 Ratings )
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I simply love this motherboard. The first one I actually got was DOA but sometimes that just happens with computer components. I got it quickly RMA'd through newegg and began putting the new one in! It has all the features you could every want in a board. Really great looking BIOS and extremely east to overclock! IT also comes with a program called command center that lets you overclock your system from the actual OS! IT also has the super easy switch that has preset OC settings for people who don't want to mess with the bios!
-Easy to OC
-Easy to match with any build since you can change the color of the LEDs on the board
-first one was DOA
-A little expensive
Great for overclocking and everything else. Has plenty of features and nice additions. Has an ample amount of fan headers and is also great IO. No complaints.
I love this motherboard. Lots of overclocking options and lot of control. It also features easy overclocking options via software and with a hardware dial as well.
Has a button to clear CMOS built in to the motherboard which is accessible without opening the case.
The software controllable RGB lighting suits great to my black and red theme.
I had my doubts about where to plug the AIO power on this mobo. As it provided one for CPU_FAN and CPU_PUMP. I tested both and it works with either. However, I read on MSI website that the PUMP header is capable of putting out more power. So that's what I used in the end.
The motherboard also has dual CPU power headers. An 8-pin and a 4-pin header. My PSU didn't have extra CPU power cables and I was in doubt whether I could boot without the CPU_PWR2. I tested with 1 8-pin header and found out that it boots and works without any issue with the 8-pin alone. Later I read that the extra 4-pin is necessary when aiming for higher overclocks.
Noting wrong to go with a M7, Pre-set OC for a non experience OC gamer works like a charm. best results ever
I choose it mostly because of RGB Led's and z270 chipset.Expensive but wanted the best what i can get.
Liked the placement of most of the internal ports, allowed me to get a look that doesn't have the extra wires showing. Also like how I can monitor my cpu temps straight from the board. Plus, the led lights looks awesome as well.
I really like this board. The aesthetics are beautiful It's a gunmetal black that just accentuates every component of the board. It was awfully sturdy too. I wasn't concerned in the least when I was installing it on the standoffs. IO shield was easy to install, nice big power and reset buttons. The RGB was just a little icing on the cake. I wasn't sure if I'd like it - but - I've found it pretty fun to tinker with.
The software, I don't like. It comes with some nice bench marking apps. Not anything you would use if you're experienced anyways. The Command Center is OK, I guess. But, I also think the Command Center is leaving some TriggerModeMonitor process orphaned on my machine and I caught it using 78% of my CPU after a 3hr game session. The gaming app can control the RGB so there's that...The Live Update keeps trying to install bloatware like the Google Toolbar everytime I try to update. The rest of the software is pretty useless, imo. Maybe the SuperCharger app has some value I haven't found yet. Overall, more than half of the software is uselss/cumbersome.
The other con I had was on the M2 "heat spreader". It's nice if it serves it's intended purpose, but, I can't find anywhere that monitors that temp #1, #2 - that heat shield is a PITA to install over the module. I probably fiddled with that tiny screw for 40 minutes, to get it in, only to realize it wasn't even holding the shield down. Grrr...
-Motherboard: MSI Z270 Gaming M7 : I like the look of it and feel it will help me with overclocking being new to it.
Solid. 3 M.2, very nice. Plenty of USB 3, very nice. Nice error code/temp read out. CMOS reset button (no shenanigans required to reset). Removed the M.2 heat shield/spreader thing based on some research I have seen that indicates it can drive up heat.
Little less 'cool plastic' and no heat gimmick and its a 5 out of 5.