Motherboards manufacturer MSI Has been on the market for many years. She knew better times and fewer. In recent years,MSI Has been working hard on improving its motherboard products to become a relevant alternative to the largest players in the market
Towards the end of my life, a LGA775 resident has launched a new gaming series, which has also been successful in LGA1156 and LGA1155. Over the years, we saw significant progress in motherboard engineering with the new LGA1150 Gaming Series in the LGAXNUMX chassis two years ago. More interfaces, more controllers and more desirable design.
In this review I will focus on the new MSI motherboard in the LGA1151 chassis. Motherboard It is based on the Z170 chipset and bears the name Z170A Gaming M7. Motherboard It is priced at $ 230 and is in the top end category of the new chassis, under the flagship ships that are priced between 300 and 400. Its price in Israel ranges from 1300 to NIS 1400 at this time.
MSI's new brand-new branding
For all those confused by the names, here is a brief explanation of the manufacturer's motherboard branding in the LGA1151 chassis. The gaming series remains as it was, with a black-and-red design. The simplest in the series is called the Z170A Gaming Pro. The models above it are the Gaming M3, M5 and M7 respectively. Above them is the Gaming M9 ACK which has not yet been launched as of this writing, and the Z170A XPower Gaming Titanum Edition (yes…) which is the flagship and is its most advanced in every possible category in the motherboards. In the near future, more basic motherboards will be launched without gaming branding that will also be cheaper.
Z170A Gaming M7 - one of the most advanced in the LGA1151 chassis
With a full external look, the MSI gaming theme seems to be moving forward. The red tint has changed to Bordeaux and there is much more of it on the board. body Cooling The chipset is huge, as are the heat sinks for the R-shaped voltage regulators. MSI Was inspired by its competitors and added a lid over the rear entrance and exit area. This further contributes to the beauty and design of the board.
The chip set under this heat sink is of course Z170's Intel, Which you can read more about this critique. This is a single chip that is responsible for several ports on the board, even a heat envelope of 6 watts. This is a higher heat envelope than the previous Z97 with 4 watts, and the cooling elements have become larger accordingly.
This is my favorite part of Z170A Gaming M7. This is a very beefy motherboard with 13 voltage stabilization stages, each of which advances in its ability and durability from the steps MSI has used to date in previous generations. For comparison, in more budget tables in the chassis, panels with 6 to 8 usually have simpler quality steps. Later on, I will explain why lean meat is a stress-stabilizing system and an important power supply in LGA1151 for those interested in speeding up. The voltage stabilizers have two heavy cooling elements made of aluminum. Between both of them and in direct contact with the stabilizers comes a copper tube for faster and more efficient heat transfer.
Rear outputs of the motherboard include:
- Three ports USB 2.0
- Three ports USB 3.0
- Port USB 3.1
- Audio outputs 7.1 channels including optical connection
- Integrated PS2 keyboard or mouse port
- Two display interfaces HDMI And DisplayPort display interface
- Port Network RJ45 for traffic up to 1000 megabits per second
- Reset button
Note that this motherboard includes the new USB port 3.1. This small port allows USB 3.0 traffic known in a compact and simple configuration (Type-C machine) To connect (without right or wrong side). Why the same traffic you ask? Well, MSI says this is the first generation of USB 3.1, which means that the information traffic will only reach the existing 3.0 rate. The so-called "second generation" of USB 3.1 is capable of getting much higher data traffic of 10 gigabit per second compared to 5 only. It is very important to pay attention to this small detail in the motherboard specifications so that there is no confusion. However, it is important to note that the board also supports the second generation of 3.1 through a front connection to the chassis.
The board expansion interfaces are designed to fit gamers who want to include two video cards in a two-core array, or at least those who buy the computer with one card and are preparing to upgrade and add. Connecting video cards to the two interfaces protected by an aluminum layer will give information traffic at an X8 rate in the PCI-Express interface, while the bottom lower connection will only give X4. As I mentioned 6700K review, The small PCI-Express interfaces switched from an 2.0 to an 3.0 standard and their transmission increased from 500 to 985 MB per second, so they even fit cards SSD Advanced. A nice addition to this motherboard is that the small interfaces are open at the right end, enabling the physical installation of video cards in lengths of X4 and X8 without performing Modding And manually cut the edges.
In the reference section and bottom you can see two M.2 brackets for SSD cards. Here comes one of the biggest advantages of the Z170 chipset across Z97. WhenIn the Z97 tables You've been able to give up SATA andPCI-Express Sometimes to get M.2, here you can connect everything at the same time and enjoy everything in parallel. The chipset has been given additional traffic support.
The array of SATA interfaces is similar to what we knew on previous generation Z97 boards. This motherboard has two separate SATA 3.0 interfaces and two SATA Express integrated interfaces. If you do not have SATA Express drives, their availability and reliability are questionable once they are released. You can use the four standard interfaces for the two SATA Express connections, so that you will have only six SATA 3.0 interfaces. This, of course, in addition to the M.2 interfaces in thePCI-Express.
As befits an advanced MSI gaming board, here too you will find chip Realtek's ALC1150 audio and is connected to an advanced, electrically separated indication from the rest of the motherboard to avoid noise and sound interference. This technology is called MSI Called Audio Boost.
The network controller on top of it is Killer's E2400. This controller has dedicated software that helps to route and prioritize network traffic to games, so that other programs in the background will not steal traffic and potentially increase the lag and response times. Killer is the chipmaker's gaming brand Qualcomm.
The BIOS of the Z170A Gaming M7
Also LGA1151's resident Intel Continues the tradition of graphic bios. This bios was specially adapted by MSI To the motherboard and contains all the information and settings used by all levels in need. Unlike previous generations, she decided MSI Make the move and divide the bios into a simpler situation and an advanced situation. The simple mode is called EZ Mode (really, the same name as the same status in the ASUS boards) and you can enter advanced mode to allow more specific settings.
Everything we saw in the Z97 generation is also here. Fan adjustment options According to sensor temperature, explore Motherboard Showing the connected parts and options The fast. Apropos, it's time to put the board into turbo mode.
Fast in LGA1151 bracket - the warranty goes to the motherboards
I have waited for this part even before the launch of the new processors and it is very important to end users who are with you. Intel Made a small change in generation processors Skylike Which has a great influence on the speed of the processor in terms of ability and achievement. With the Haswell processors, a system called FIVR was introduced, an internal control system in the processor for voltage and power consumption. This system caused the processor to be sensitive, and be quick to be gentle when it comes to electricity consumption for its effect. As a result, cost was saved from motherboard manufacturers, as there was no need for large power systems, leading to a reduction in the engineering quality of these manufacturers.
As part of the focus of changes and improvements decided by engineers Intel That it was not a step in the right direction and I am happy to inform those of you who have not yet been updated that the motherboard effect is coming back in a big way. The quality and quantity of electricity changes again, and so does the great impact of motherboard engineering to squeeze more processors by giving a clean, stable voltage.
The days when budget tables with 4 were in force dominated the entry market, and the era in which the Z170 panels were budgeted would be more advanced voltage systems as a result of this change. Do not let the situation fool you, these budget tables will have a direct impact on the speeding ability, and should be attributed to the change in the structure of the boards for change in processors.
Give, give, you have more!
What seems to be an over-engineering is now going into the test and hard work, and the 13 stage of the Z170A Gaming M7 has an important role to play in speeding up the "6700K. The procedure of hastening, incidentally, is very similar to the one you know from previous editions. The recommendation is to stick to the power saving options, and to play with the base frequency and the main processor voltage. This achieves most of the CPU's acceleration potential. This, even though this generation has opened Intel The possibility of base frequency is completely free of changes. Does that mean speeding even for locked processors? This will be known later, with the launch of Processors Unlocked (without K).
Thanks to the use of air cooling type TPC812 of the Master Collar, I was able to squeeze a frequency of 4700 MHz under operating voltage in an effort of 1.344 volts. I remind you, things work differently in the LGA1151 chassis, and the days when safe operation is done at very low voltages are over. In terms of heat emission, this is similar toThe 4790K processor Of the previous generation, for better or for worse. Especially bad. The good news is that when you have a beefy motherboard that is as capable as gaming M7, you can squeeze the processor more and more by using more advanced cues such as theD15 of Noctua Or various water coolers, even when it means climbing beyond the 1.4 volts. Remember, the base frequency from which I started is 4 GHz.
I'm happy to announce that MSI's Gaming M7 is very speed - friendly, and apart from setting a core voltage and multiplying the 47 automatic adjustments it made around, it matched the speed profile, allowing me to move forward with Cooling More serious. The M7 is simply patent-pending for this purpose.
Excellent LGA1151 chassis opening
After spending a few days with the Gaming M7 and compared to other boards I have here waiting for their turn, I can definitely attest that this is a winning motherboard. I love everything on this motherboard. The BIOS, the haste capabilities, the fleshiness of the power supply system and the appearance. Everything about him is just great and the hard work that engineers have done is evident MSI To make a serious headache for the competition.
This is an advanced motherboard for end users who are not willing to compromise, and is suitable for squeezing the juice from your K processor. This, if you have one as well Cooling Suitable for the task. The Z170A Gaming M7 really will not stop you. Friends overseas so far have also reported that things like memory compatibility can The fast Excellent, which only strengthens my impressions and claims.
Between the automatic profiles and the speed of this motherboard is also a crazy one that will take your processor to 5 GHz if you have Cooling Especially advanced. While other reviewers and I were making a face with this possibility, charging her and waiting for her to work very quickly made us realize that we were not being laughed at. Just bring the advanced water cisterns.
The aesthetic improvements in the new generation of MSI They also get praise. I like the bright red turning into Bordeaux, and that the board itself has a little color besides the coolers. The color scheme will be very suitable for its gaming series on video cards and for red market memories in packages such as H440. I'm already waiting to see your computer trains, users.
The price of the motherboard puts him among the advanced residents, and after my experience with him I can testify that he certainly fits there. Its official launch price in Israel is NIS 1399 MSI But it is also likely to be found in less. The higher its price, the greater its price. The investment is not small, but whoever does it will enjoy a great product.
Choosing an Editor - MSI Z170A GAMING M7 LGA1151
- Abilities The fast Friendly and advanced
- Attractive and advanced exterior
- Advanced voltage stabilization system
- Advanced voice and network chips
- A decent amount of expansion and storage interfaces
- Not accessible to everyone at a cost of more than 1300 shekels
- Motherboard for gamers? Coupon playing in the packaging will not hurt