MSI Launches Z170I Gaming Pro AC Small Form factor Motherboard

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    It looks good except for that awful looking wireless chip that stands out a mile. If they were going to do that, why not have it on the underside? First thing I would want to do if I got one of these is to cover that up.
     
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    I agree. Would be nice if they put some type of shield over it that matches the color scheme.
     
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    The only thing separate me and this board is crazy dollar rate in my country.. Plus my i3770k still alive and well and underutilized.. But it's so itchy to upgrade :'(

    PS: 8pin ATX is a bit weird though, like it got blocked with the Heatsink
     

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    Well if you put a gfx card in it you wouldnt see it surely. That being said this is probably one of the best looking mini itx boards ive seen in awahile.
     
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    Wonder how a Nano would fit in that slot...?
     
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    Not true... It sits above the GPU not below it. The cooler of the GPU hangs over the edge of the motherboard.
     
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    That card is removable. Why would you put a shield over something that is designed to be removable? That would be stupid. Also, in SFF systems, people typically aren't worried so much about what the motherboard looks like because most are not using windowed side panels.
     
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    No, what is stupid is thinking that you couldn't put a removable cover plate over it. Or like I mentioned i my own post earlier, it could have been put on the underside of the board. If you can fit an M.2 socket on the underside of an ITX board as many manufacturers did with the Z97 chipset then I am sure this would fit too.

    As for your argument that 'people typically aren't worried so much about what the motherboard looks like because most are not using windowed side panels.', if that was true, why do they worry about the aesthetics of the board at all then? There are also an increasing amount of SFF cases that feature window panel too.
     

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