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MSI Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON AC LGA 1151 Intel Z270 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z270
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1151)
  • 7th processors support DDR4 3800(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133
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Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON AC

Mini but mighty

1 GAMING Device Port
2 Lightning USB 3.1 Gen2
3 Intel® GAMING LAN
4 VR Ready
5 Golden audio jacks with S/PDIF
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6 Gaming heatsinks with CARBON
Leading heatsink design, for maximum cooling
7 Mystic Light RGB
Change up to 16.8 million colors & 17 LED effects
8 DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor
Optimized traces and isolated memory circuitry
9 PCI-E Steel Armor
Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI
10 Audio Boost 4 with amplifier
Optimized gaming audio using best components, with Nahimic 2
11 Turbo M.2
NVMe support, up to 32 Gb/s using PCI-Express Gen3 x4, ready for Intel® Optane™ Memory

Personalize your Gaming Rig

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Connect external RGB strips and sync other RGB capable gear to set up your own color scheme using only 1 application: Mystic Light Sync. Select any of the colors from the palette using your smartphone or the MSI Gaming App to match your system style. Feel like using a different color? Completely change the look of your system in 1 second!

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Works with certified Mystic Light Sync products:
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Fully controllable fan headers

MSI FAN headers automatically detect fans running in DC or PWM mode for optimal tuning of fan speeds and silence. Hysteresis also makes your fans spin up fluently to make sure your system stays silent, no matter what.

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Your in-game advantage

Outsmart and outperform your opponents in-game using an array of unique MSI GAMING tools. Clever hardware & software tools, created to keep you one step ahead of the competition and boost your skills.

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X-Boost your Storage Performance

When enabled, X-Boost auto-detects and optimizes your SSDs to keep your system fast and maximize storage performance, making sure you reach the battlefield even quicker or saving you a lot of time when transferring data.

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Intel® Optane™ Ready
This new technological marvel brings game-changing performance to memory and storage devices. Allow Optane™ caching to boost your storage devices for an even faster gaming system!

Immerse yourself into Virtual Worlds

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Want the best of the best VR experience without any compromise? Through joint efforts with major VR brands, combined with unique MSI features geared to VR, MSI brings gamers and VR professionals a vivid, smooth and realistic experience in which content truly comes alive.

Amplify your Game with Audio Boost 4

Like a dedicated sound card Audio Boost 4, powered by Nahimic, offers a HD audio processor, dedicated amplifier and high quality audio capacitors, all physically isolated from the rest of the motherboard circuitry to ensure the purest audio signal to locate enemies with pin-point accuracy.

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Dominate the Game with the Lowest Latency

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Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI GAMING LAN. Featuring the highest quality components tuned to deliver the best online gaming experience without lag.

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Unmatched Memory Performance

MSI motherboards are crammed with features to fuel your gaming rig’s memory with more speed, higher overclockability and increased stability.

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Best compatibility

Optimized traces and a fully isolated memory circuitry ensures perfect stability and performance, so you never have to worry about your system crashing during games.

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Maximize your USB Device performance

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Transfer your favorite games, music and movies over USB faster than ever. MSI offers a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB 3.1 devices, delivering lightning-fast transfer speeds!

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Built on everlasting quality

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Only the finest quality components and latest innovations are used. Rigorous quality testing under the most extreme conditions ensures a super reliable, high performance motherboard.

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Learn more about the MSI Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON AC

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good overclock and reasonable price!

Pros: Easily overclocked my i5 7600K to 4.8 Ghz at 1.3 v on the Cryorig H7
MSI Game Boost if overclocking is too complicated
MSI Mystic Lights for all of your RGB needs
Has a USB 2.0 header needed for some AIO pumps (something other mini itx motherboards did not have)
Has USB 3.1 and a type c port
Reinforced PCIe and RAM slots are solid

Cons: A minor gripe but the MSI Gaming app which controls the leds, needs to be updated to not require the archaic Intel ME driver

Other Thoughts: Overall I would recommend this board to neophyte overclockers looking to downsize their PCs on a budget.

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3/ 5
Good Card, not compatible with popular cooler

Pros: Love the card for the most part. Straight forward. Almost all of the features I want

Cons: Does NOT work with 212 Evo CPU cooler, which seems odd since it's the most popular cooler on the market. The cooler backplate makes contact with a number of mobo components.

Doesn't have usb 3.0 header for front USB. Not a huge issue but was bummed a little. There are 3.0 on the back.

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2/ 5
- limited CPU cooling options

Pros: Looks wonderful on paper. All the ports I needed/wanted. Location of ports made sense for cable management.

Cons: Poor physical layout design. there are a couple chips/capacitors on the bottom side of the board near the cpu that should be cleared for cpu cooling backplates. I couldn't install my cool master hyper evo 212 because these few chips interfered with the bracket. Good thing I tried to install the backplate before putting the cpu in.

After searching online for hours, there are only a handful of quality air cooling options which do not use a backplate. None of them promoted airflow the way I planned. I couldn't find others with this problem. If you look at other mitx motherboards, this is never an issue.

I should note that most liquid cooling systems do not use a backplate, but this mother board does not advertise an AIO header to support one. I assume you can use a system fan header to power the pump instead (I'll let someone else confirm this). Liquid cooling was out of my budget.

Other Thoughts: - Didn't get it running to try out all the board has to offer
- Something that should have been simple was made difficult by a counter intuitive design choice
- After planning a build around this mother board and case, purchasing all the parts, it was disheartening to find such a miscalculation.
- Hope this review helps other building an mitx.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Customer,

Thank you for sharing your experience with your Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON. We value your feedback as it helps us further refine and develop our products. We would like to apologize for any issues you may have encountered with this product. If possible, I suggest calling our technical support department to notify them about this design issue. You can reach our technical support department directly through phone at 626-271-1004, or through email at usreview@msi.com.

Thank you for choosing MSI.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team│AL06092017004│usreview@msi.com
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Cheaper than my ASUS Z270i, but with reason

Pros: - Has usb 2.0 headers still. Not completely ditched.

Cons: - Packaging was nothing special, ASUS ROG felt like there was a lot more going on during uboxing
- NOT compatible with Coolermaster evo 212 backplate! Due to poor design component placement on the back, there is interference with the backplate where it would sit flush on other motherboards. Again not an issue on an ASUS build

Other Thoughts: - Bought this for a friends build on more of a budget than what mine was. Chose cheaper components across the board, and wanted to reuse an evo 212 I had lying around thinking all would be kosher however I was disappointed. Debating on exchanging for the ASUS, or looking into a different cooler
- Wireless card antenna mount has a slight angle, so when pressed against the port plate, the higher antenna mount is partially recessed compared to the lower.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Second one after RMA, still having fan header issues

Pros: -compact size

Cons: -In BIOS, it only sees one fan control labeled SYSFAN which will spontaneously show RMP from average (500-800 RPM) and shoot up to a very high number (2000-4000 RPM). This RPM is not even possible with my fans and the numbers fluctuate around every second. In MSI control pannel it does detects SYSFAN2, but always shows 0 RPM when i see the fan is physically spinning. switched fans and still the same problem.

Other Thoughts: - Im currently speaking to MSI about a possible BOIS issue but it has not been resolved.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Has Everything You Need

Pros: Easy to use but has all the advanced features if you want get into further.

Cons: Tried to mount a Silverstone AR02 and the back plate interfered with components on the PCB. Also looked like there might be traces routed and vias on the bottom layer right where the other back plate feet would go (don't like relying on solder mask as an insulator). I found a solution but it would have been nice if the board layout accommodated other CPU coolers easier.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this board but caution about choosing a CPU cooler.

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Verified Owner
5/ 5
beautiful

Pros: nice case, small compact, good quality materials.

Cons: RGB lighting doesn't show as well do to black interior. not really a fault on the case itself.

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Verified Owner
5/ 5
Perfect itx mobo!

Pros: Looks fantastic with the carbon fiber.
Heavy and durable feel. Seriously this thing is hefty.
Overclocks easily and has a great bios.
Led lights are a great touch on the backside.

Cons: Non other than the glitchy gaming app that controls the lights.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely purchase again.I've had no issues. Fan headers all work. Everything works great no issues after 2 weeks

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