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Pros: -It looks fantastic- gun metal/black. No more flashy MSI red and black logos.
-All the features you need now and will need tomorrow.
-Three M.2 slots + U.2!
-Great on-board audio with dual 7.1 dedicated audio processors.
-Steel reinforced DIMM slots and PCIe slots.
-Very solid feel and build quality.
-Plug and play for everything, set-up was a breeze.
-Supports DDR4 up to an insane 4133MHz.
-Ready for Optane if it ever comes out.
-Type-C reversible connector.
-BIOS Flashback+ can save your behind if you have a bad flashing.
-Makes overclocking almost too easy.
Cons: -No, it's not cheap.
-Could use a little more control over RGB lighting.
-Really I have to dig to find a legit con on this board - it's that good.
Other Thoughts: This is one great motherboard, perhaps the best you can get for Z270 unless you want to spend $400-500 on a mobo. I am very impressed with this offering by MSI - both in build quality and features, as well as aesthetics. It looks stunning in gun metal and black, with RGB lighting. I had no issues with my i7-7700k build on this board, and it was plug and play using a Samsung M.2 as the boot drive with one simple adjustment to BIOS.
I feel like a little kid at Christmas, this is such a cool motherboard. The list of features is so long - I'm not going to list them all here. But if you need it, this board probably has it. Three M.2 slots? Check. U.2 connector? Check. Crazy fast Memory OC'ing? Check. Super in-depth BIOS for overclocking? Oh yeah- it's got it.
Yes I would have liked a little more control over the RGB lighting, but with my set-up as it is now in a desk, I can't really see the lights anyway, so no real con for me.
If you want to dig deep and tweak everything, this BIOS goes deep. I mean scary deep so be careful if you dare. I have achieved a 5GHz OC on my i7 7700k at 1.3v and temps are staying at 25C idle and 55C under load or while gaming. AIDA64 EXTREME stress test temps hit 65-70C but that is great! I do of course have a great cooler after hearing the 7700k might run warmer I got a Corsair H115i, so all is good. GET THIS BOARD IF YOU CAN!!!
Pros: -Easy installation, took 30 min.
-Cools very well
-Fans not too loud
-Can handle all the OC'ing you want to try
Cons: -Fans aren't too loud, but you can hear them
-Corsair Link software is buggy
-Manual not very good (but you really don't need it)
-it is BIG
Other Thoughts: Highly recommend this cooler. Just make sure you have a case large enough to fit it in. Excellent materials, nice solid leak proof hoses, very rigid, not cheap at all. Yes the radiator isn't copper like the plate, but it works very well. My only con would be the Corsair Link software used to control the fans and lighting. It is very buggy, and caused a slew of errors in my Event Viewer (Win 10 Pro). Finally got it running properly, and it does work, but it still would occasionally cause issues, and crashes. Uninstalled it, and run cooler without it. The cooler runs in "Balanced" mode without it, and works just fine, so I have no problem with this. This is an excellent high end cooler. 5 eggs.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: -Very fast CPU, turbos to 4.5GHz!
-Overclocks like a champ, maybe as good as Sandy Bridge was
-New 4k features will be good for some
-A gaming monster CPU when paired with a GTX 1070 or 1080
Cons: -Very small performance boost if you have a i7 4790k or i7 6700k.
-No other real cons
Other Thoughts: I already had an i7 6700k but had the opportunity to upgrade to this processor for next to nothing. Of course I did it. I am using an MSI Z170A Gaming M7 board, and after a BIOS update the i7 7700k works like a charm. Wow this processor is great. It's awesome to see a processor running at 4.5GHz when you haven't even overclocked it yet! I have a Corsair H80iGT cooler and it seems to be doing a perfect job as the i7 7700k is idling in the 20's (C) and hitting high 40's low 50's under heavy load. Very nice! If you are making a new build and aren't impressed by AMD Ryzen (and I'm not), this is definitely the way to go for a gaming rig. The new Z270 boards have Thunderbolt 3, native NVMe, and Optane support! If you pair this processor with a GTX 1070 or 1080 you will be set for years to come! 5 eggs for sure! BTW my i7 6700k was getting about 50-55 FPS in BF1 playing at 4k with my GTX 1080, but the i7 7700k is averaging 63-65FPS. It was enough to push it just over the magic 60FPS - yes!!!READ FULL REVIEW