MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard Review: Page 9 of 9
Posted by Damon Bailey on Friday, July 28, 2017 - 8:00am
Final Thoughts & Conclusion
MSI’s X299 Gaming M7 ACK has proven quite easily to be a monster in disguise. Support for 32gbps NVMe RAID, 10gbps USB 3.1 gen 2 and Intel Optane technology is good, going toe to toe with a few other X299 boards and coming out on top in most testing is great, handling some awesome 5.3Ghz+ clocks on our Core i7-7740X is epic, and doing it all while looking great is just icing on the proverbial cake.
MSI set out to take gamers to the next level, and I think they skipped a few levels right to the boss fight. Intel’s X299 platform is shaping up to be the champion of many upcoming systems and upgrades, from the quad core gaming machine, to the 18 core multi-threaded monster workstation, and everything in between. The X299 Gaming M7 ACK brings around $400 right now which is on the upper end for motherboards, but it’s pretty apparent from our testing that the quad core, 16 PCIe lane toting Intel Core i7-7740X just hasn’t touched this boards full potential. The good news is, you are only a CPU swap away from unleashing up to 28 More PCIe lanes, and 4 more sticks of ram in 2 more channels. I wouldn’t be surprised if your favorite search engine isn’t seeing more queries for “How to sell a kidney” right now as gamers and enthusiasts alike look at building the dream system around this Chipset, but this platform can grow as your wallet does, so you don’t have to grow broke just yet.
Remember though, any building is only as good as its foundation, and the MSI x299 Gaming M7 ACK would make the perfect foundation for any build, and for that we award it our Editor's Choice award.