MSI Z270 SLI Plus Motherboard Review


Certainly when it comes to motherboards, the high end enthusiast products get all the attention, while the more budget friendly options fly under the radar. That’s a shame too. The more budget friendly products are really the bread and butter of the industry. MSI’s Pro Series motherboards are aimed directly at those enthusiasts that have less than an unlimited budget.

MSI’s Pro Series motherboards have a much more subdued looks compared to their Gaming Series, Titanium Series, Krait series. If there’s one thing to be learned though, looks can be deceiving. Certainly, the long list of features that the many of the Pro Series sport seems to back up that thought.

Today we’ll be looking and the Z270 SLI Plus. Built on MSI’s Military Class 5 foundation, the Z270 SLI Plus supports 6th Generation Intel Core processors and DDR4 memory up to 3800Mhz via four memory slots. There’s dual Turbo M.2 connectivity with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s with support for Intel Optane technology. Six SATA ports offer even more storage options. There dual USB 3.1 front panel connectors along with six USB 3.1 rear ports. The Intel i219V chip provides high quality network connectivity combined with 15KV anti-surge protection.

It seems that all the bases are quite well covered, but there are some additional features which ass even more performance, flexibility, and value. DDR4 Boost gives your DDR4 memory a performance boost with a simple click of the mouse. Steel Armor PCI-E and memory slots offer additional strength to reduce tear out during transport and shield from EMI. Support for 2-way Nvidia SLI and 3-way AMD CrossFire is standard. Audio Boost 4 delivers thigh sound quality with premium quality audio components and an isolated audio PCB.

MSI has also paid close attention on the software side. They have revised their UEFI based Click BIOS to version 5, which has exclusive MSI Boost Overclocking features. There are also several applications that allows quite a bit of control over the BIOS, overclocking, LAN, and other various features from inside the Windows environment as well.

MSI’s take on the Z270 SLI Plus

Intel i219V Gigabit Network
This high quality LAN port is optimized for professional and multimedia use with outstanding performance to deliver secure, stable, and fast network connection.

DDR4 Boost & Steel Armor
By fully isolating the memory circuit, DDR4 Boost ensures maximum performance and stability. To minimize EMI and strengthen slots, the memory, PCI-e and M.2 slots are protected with Steel Armor.

Lightning USB 3.1 Gen2
Powered by the ASmedia 2142 USB 3.1 Gen2 controller, Lightening USB offers faster USB speeds when connecting multiple USB 3.1 Gen2 devices at the same time.

Audio Boost 4
With Audio Boost we’re delivering the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components and an isolated audio PCB for the purest sound.

Onboard Turbo M.2, Intel Optane Memory Ready
Turbo M.2 connectivity delivers PCI-E Gen3 x4 performance with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s for the latest SSDs. It also supports the all-new Intel Optane technology.

Run into trouble? Use the LEDs to easily identify the source of your problem and get back into operation quickly. This clever tool uses 4 LEDs to indicate CPU / Memory / VGA/ Boot operation every time you boot up your system.

LAN Protect
Featuring 15KV anti-surge protection to shield your network from lightning strikes and static electricity.

2-Way SLI / 3-Way CrossFire
Supports up to 2-Way SLI and 3-Way CrossFire with optimal slot placement.

Click BIOS 5 Features
Simple/Advanced mode, M-Flash, Favorites, Hardware Monitor 2, Board Explorer, Memory Try It!, High-resolution font.

This unique and exclusive software allows you to boost the performance of any storage or USB device connected to you system.

Military Class 5
Military Class 5 is the latest evolution in high quality components. The Titanium Choke and Dark CAP ensure that your PC runs stable under extreme gaming conditions.

OC Genie 4
OC Genie is the world’s first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this on-second overclocking option we’re giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot.

That is just a highlight of the Z270 SLI Plus’s many features. Let us take a look at the product specifications and packaging next.

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