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MSI Z270 Krait Gaming Motherboard Review

  1. About the MSI Z270 Krait Gaming!
  2. Motherboard Design
  3. Sub Components and Installation Overview
  4. How its tested??
  5. PCMark 8 and Memory Profile benchmark
  6. SATA Performance Testing
  7. Boot Load Timings
  8. Conclusion
  9. Online Purchase Links
  10. View All

Disclosure: This review unit is sent by MSI

About the MSI Z270 Krait Gaming…

You can call the MSI Z270 Krait Gaming as a ‘gaming motherboard’. The function of the component needs to suit for many types of uses and have a durability irrespective of its targetted audience by the marketing team. When reviews are done, it needs to cover that part. Many do use computers for gaming most of the time, but it serves other purposes. Versatility is always needed.

Packaging

The packaging of the MSI Z270 Krait Gaming motherboard is decent enough. The contents are enough as a bare-bone component.

Two set of SATA cables are black, another two is silver. This is probably matched to stick with the colour scheme of the motherboard?  MSI provides SATA cable labels and an SLI bridge.

Specification

CPU
Supports 7th/6th Gen Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors for Socket LGA1151

* This function will be supported depend on the CPU.

Chipset
Intel® Z270 Chipset
Main Memory
  • 4 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 64GB
    – Supports DDR4 3800(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz*
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
  • Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)* Please refer to www.msi.com for more information on compatible memory.
Slots
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16/x0/x4, x8/x8/x4 modes)
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
Onboard Graphics
  • 1 x HDMI™ port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@30Hz(7th CPU), 4096×2160@24Hz(6th CPU), 2560×1600@60Hz
  • 1 x DVI-D port, supports a maximum resolution of 1920×1200@60Hz
Multi-GPU
  • Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
  • Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
Storage
  • Intel® Z270 Chipset
    • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports*
    • 2 x M.2 slots (Key M)
      • Supports up to PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s
      • Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe U.2 SSD with Turbo U.2 Host Card**
      • M2_1 slot supports 2242/ 2260 /2280/ 22110 storage devices
      • M2_2 slot supports 2242/ 2260 /2280 storage devices
      • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready for all M.2 slots
    • Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors
      * M.2 and SATA ports combination details please refer user manual.
      ** The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately.
RAID
  • Intel® Z270 Chipset
    • Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
    • Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 for M.2 storage devices** M.2 PCIe RAID volume can be created with M.2 GENIE. Please refer user manual for details about M.2 GENIE.
USB
  • ASMedia® ASM2142 Chipset
    • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) Type-C port on the back panel
    • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) Type-A port on the back panel
  • Intel® Z270 Chipset
    • 8 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (4 Type-A ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
    • 6 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (2 Type-A ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
Audio
  • Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    • 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
LAN
1 x Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN controller
Internal I/O Connectors
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
  • 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
  • 1 x 4-pin water pump fan connector
  • 4 x 4-pin system fan connectors
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector
  • 2 x Front panel connectors
  • 1 x RGB LED connector
  • 1 x TPM module connector
  • 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 1 x Serial port connector
  • 1 x Parallel port connector
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
Back Panel I/O Ports
  • 1 x PS/2 mouse & keyboard combo port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x DVI-D port
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
  • 1 x HDMI™ port
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
  • 6 x audio jacks
Dimension
  • 12.0 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
  • ATX Form Factor
Mounting
9 mounting holes

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