MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard Review: Page 5 of 9

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Posted by Heath Coop on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 12:15pm

System Configuration, BIOS, and Software

Testing Hardware

  • MSI Z270 SLI Plus
  • Intel Core i7 6700K Processor
  • Kingston HyperX Fury 2666MHz DRR4 Memory
  • PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo Graphics Card
  • Crucial M550 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Spotswood Small Tech Station
  • XFX PRO850W XXX Edition 850w Silver Power Supply

 Drivers

  • Radeon Crimson 16.4.1

 CPU Cooling

  • Swiftech H320 X2 Prestige AIO

 Testing Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home

 General System Benchmarks

  • PCMark 8
  • Super Pi

 CPU Benchmarks

  • Fritz Chess
  • Handbrake
  • Cinebench R15
  • 7-Zip

 Memory Benchmarks

  • AIDA64 Engineer
  • Passmark Performance Test 8.0
  • SiSoft Sandra

 Storage Benchmarks

  • ATTO Disk Benchmark
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0
  • AS SSD
  • Passmark Performance Test 8.0

 Game Benchmarks

  • 3Dmark
  • Bioshock: Infinite
  • Metro: Last Light
  • Thief
  • Tomb Raider

 BIOS

The Z270 SLI Plus BIOS is similar to the previous generation of MSI motherboards. The sheer number of screens and settings are far too numerous to display here, so we will just take a look at the basics. The screens are fairly self-explanatory.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

Click BIOS 5 is where all the overclocking action really happens. Every imaginable setting for clock speed or voltage is available, for both the CPU and the memory. Recent settings can be recalled and multiple profiles can be saved.

I found the BIOS pleasurable to use, with it flexible and easy to read. I did not have any difficulty finding the settings that I wanted to change and everything seemed to be logically laid out.

Software

MSI packages the Z270 SLI Plus with a robust software suite. Up first is Fast Boot. Fast Boost allows the OS to be cached in memory to decrease boot time. There is also an option to go directly to BIOS upon restarting the system.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

Up next is MSI Command Center MSI Command Center. This is utility used for overclocking and tweaking inside the Windows environment. 

The first tab is the CPU tab and allows for CPU overclocking and fan adjustments.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

The DRAM tab allows control over the system’s memory.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

The IGP tab has settings for Intel’s integrated graphics processor.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

The OC Genie 4 tab is allows for preset CPU overclocking. The i5 6600K gets clocked to 4.1 GHz while the i7 6700K gets clocked to 4.4 GHz.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

Live Update 6 checks for software updates and keeps track of changes made.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

The X-Boost software allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device connected to you system.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

Mystic Light controls the LED lighting effects of the motherboard and also capable for controlling case lighting vis a motherboard mounted RGB LED connector.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

RAMDisk is a utility that can be used to create a system drive using the system memory. System memory is far faster than regular drives and can increase system performance.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

Network Manager is used for network adjustments.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

DPC Latency Tuner is a tool that helps to optimize your PC settings to get a smooth audio/video playback experience and faster system response.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

A MSI themed edition of CPU-Z is also packaged with the Z270 SLI Plus.

MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard

MSI also packages Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, Norton Internet Security, Google Chrome, Google Toolbar, and Google Drive with the Z270 SLI Plus.

Now onto Performance Testing.

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