Review: MSI Z170A Gaming M7 motherboard

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    A motherboard that promises to deliver a high amount of features and provide that Skylake processor the full infrastructure is needs for a kick-ass gaming PC. Dressed to kill and with added benefits l...

    Review: MSI Z170A Gaming M7 motherboard
     
  2. Laniph

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    No wi-fi, that's quite disappointing! I'll have to find another Z170 motherboard for my 6700K... Gosh!
     
  3. thisisevilevil

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    Hello good sir :)

    It seems the U.2 Connector for the Intel 750 NVMe SSD's does not ship with this model after all. It has to be purchased separately. Refer to the system manual for documentation, page 16. "The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately."

    I just purchased a MSI Z170 M7 and I got the Intel 750 NVMe 400GB without the AIC, so I have to wait until I receive my U.2 adapter i 2 days time, befor I can use it :(
     
  4. gordong11

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    I really want the MSI Z170 Gaming M9 ACK, but at $400 it's hard to pull the trigger. Especially when the Asus Z170-Deluxe is $80 cheaper.

    To me it comes down to this...
    If Sound, CS support, and looks are important go with the MSI

    If Bios, fan control and Price are important, go with the Asus Deluxe

    One thing that irks me about the Gaming M9 is that it does come with a U.2 card. Not only is the Intel 750 NVMe SSD $40 cheaper in the 2.5" form factor, but it doesn't take up a PCIe slot. I'd much rather use the M.2 slots, plus you can Raid 0 them and still not use a PCIe slot

    I do prefer the M9 ACK though, but those U.2 cards are like $25-$40. Asus's UEFI/Bios are just so sweet.
     
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