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Dec
31
2013

MSI Z87I Gaming AC Motherboard Unboxing and Overview

MSI Z87I Gaming AC Motherboard Unboxing and Overview

MSI's gaming motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Their latest Mini-ITX motherboard is designed for the gamer who likes to take their rig on the go or prefers to have a smaller setup. The Z87I Gaming AC offers all of the amenities that you'll find on a ATX board but on smaller package.

Specifications

Form Factor     Micro ITX
CPU     Intel LGA1150
Chipset     Intel Z87
Memory     2 x 240-pin DIMM
Expansion Slots
  • 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • SATA
  • 5x SATA 6Gb/s
  • USB
  • 4x USB 3.0 ports
  • 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Audio     MSI Audio Boost
    LAN
  • Intel Wi-Fi & Blueooth 4.0
  • Killer E2200 Ethernet
  • Accessories

    Inside the box, you’ll find a manual, drivers DVD, layout poster, SATA cables, Wi-Fi antennas, MSI badge and an IO shield.

    Top

    The MSI Z87I Gaming AC uses a matte black PCB with red accents. The motherboard itself is pretty thick and doesn’t feel like it will flex.There is also support for VGA Boost and Super RAID. Overclocking is also pretty simple thanks to the addiotion of OC Genie 4 and Click BIOS 4.

    There is a single x16 PCIe lane on the MSI Z87I Gaming AC and two DDR3 DIMM slots.

    The MSI Z87I Gaming AC supports memory modules up to 3000MHz so you can load levels faster.

    There are a total five SATA 6 ports on the motherboard for your optical drives and HDD/SSDs.

    When you look at the rear of the motherboard you can see just how compact everything is.

    Back IO Ports

    On the IO, you’ll find two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, Killer Ethernet, a CMOS reset button, two antenna connectors, optical out, HDMI and display port, six analog audio jacks, DVI port, PS2 port and an eSATA port.

    MSI Audio Boost

    The MSI Z87I Gaming AC features an isolated portion of the PCB that is dedicated to audio. With Audio Boost, you can power 600Ohm headphones and experience audio similar to dedicated setups. Audio Boost also features Creative's cutting-edge Sound Blaster software suite.

    Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

    In addition to LAN capabilities, the Z87I Gaming AC features a Mini PCIe Intel Wi-Fi module that supports 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.

    Killer Ethernet

    For networking, the Z87I Gaming AC uses a Killer E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros. The Killer E2200 is a NIC that gives games and other media more preference over others to provide a more better experience. It uses Advanced Stream Detect technology that identifies and prioritizes all network traffic to ensure important applications that require high-speed connectivity are prioritized over less important traffic.

    Conclusion

    Overall, the MSI Z87I AC is one of,the best Z87 Mini-ITX motherboards out on the market. It has tons of options for the average user and ever more so for gamers. If you're in the market for a Mini-ITX motherboard, definitely give the MSI Z87I AC a look.

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