Here is another huge Z270 motherboard leak! Today we have almost all of the MSI Z270 motherboards you’ll see on launch day. These boards are designed for mainstream audiences which include both gamers and overclockers. We should see a few other additions to these on launch day like MSI’s XPOWER boards and the Gaming 9. In any case let’s see what MSI has in store for us!
Starting things off we have the MSI Z270 Gaming M7 Motherboard. The board features an aggressive design and black and red color scheme. There is thermal armor on the rear I/O and parts of the expansion slot area. It looks like you’ll have lights on these sections as well as the PCH heatsink. The board features a 12-phase VRM and is powered by a combination of 8-pin EPS and 24-pin ATX power connections. The DDR4 slots have MSI’s Steel Armor and this board supports DDR4 memory up to 4000 MHz in OC mode. There are three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots which have steel armor and three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots. We can spot three M.2 32 GB/s slots, six SATA 6GB/s ports and a Turbo U.2 port. Also spotted on the board are power and reset buttons, a boost button and DEBUG LED.
The MSI Z270 Gaming M5 Motherboard is of course a step-down from the M7 board. It still features the aggressive design, but it looks like it will lack lighting on the I/O and PCI-Express slots. There are still three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, but only two are metal-shielded. There are also only two M.2 slots. You still have six SATA 6GB/s ports as well as Turbo U.2 port. Missing from this board are the on-board power and reset buttons. We do have a shot of the rear I/O which has a PS/2 port, two USB 3.1 ports (type-A / type-C), two USB 3.1 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, DisplayPort, HDMI, and audio.
MSI’s Gaming Pro Carbon motherboards feature of course a carbon fiber style design. The box art is also signified by a pretty sleek looking sports car. The Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard is an ATX board. This board has many of the same features you saw in the previous motherboards like the DDR4 Steel Armor and M.2 shield. For expansion slots you have three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (2 of which are metal-shielded), and three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots. There are two M.2 32 GB/s slots and six SATA 6GB/s ports. The board will feature RGB lighting on the audio PCB layer, rear I/O, and PCH heatsink. Rear I/O includes two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, dual USB 3.1 (Type-A, Type-C), HDMI 2.0, DVI, PS/2 port, an Ethernet port and a 7.1 channel audio jack.
The Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC is Mini-ITX version of the Gaming Pro Carbon. The CPU is conditioned by a 5-phase VRM. There are two DDR4 DIMM slots, which still have metal shielding. These slots support dual-channel DDR4 memory up to 4000 MHz (OC Mode). For expansion slots you have a single metal-shielded PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot. There are four SATA 6GB/s ports and a USB 3.0 front panel header. Wireless connectivity is brought to you by a single Wi-Fi + BT 802.11 AC card. Rear I/O includes dual USB 2.0, dual USB 3.0, dual USB 3.1 (Type-A, Type-C), a PS/2 port, Ethernet, HDMI, DisplayPort and an HD audio jack.
MSI’s Z270 KRAIT Gaming Motherboard features an aggressive arctic camo style color design. The board will have a 10+1 power phase design. This board has three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (2 of which are metal-shielded), and three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots. There are two M.2 32 GB/s slots and six SATA 6GB/s ports. The rear I/O has a cover on it with the Krait Gaming logo on it. The rear I/O is made up of two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, dual USB 3.1 (Type-A, Type-C), HDMI 2.0, DVI, PS/2 port, an Ethernet port and a 7.1 channel audio jack.
MSI’s Z270 TOMAHAWK motherboard is part of MSI’s ARSENAL gaming series. The board has a unique color design, which is different from MSI’s other motherboard offerings. We also see a 10+1 power phase design on this board. Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots, three PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots and two Turbo M.2 slots. There are also six SATA 6GB/s ports. The board features a really cool PCH heatsink with RGB lighting on it.
Now we are on to MSI’s Pro Series. The Z270 SLI PLUS Motherboard is the most feature-packed board in the Pro series. The Plus series motherboards have a sort of black and silver color deisgn. This board has three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (2 of which are metal-shielded), and three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots. There are two M.2 32 GB/s slots and six SATA 6GB/s ports. Rear I/O includes a single PS/2, two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, dual USB 3.1 (Type-A, Type-C), HDMI, DVI, Ethernet port and an audio jack.
The MSI Z270 SLI is a more simpler version of the SLI Plus board. It is obviously missing the white / silver accents from the Plus board. This board also seems to lack the DDR4 steel armor. Other than that you still have the same expansion slots and six SATA 6GB/s ports.
MSI will be updating their PC Mate motherboard for Z270. The board also has the same color design as the rest of the Pro series. It has a 6+1 power phase design and is powered by a single 8-pin EPS connector and 24-pin ATX power connector. For expansion slots there are two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (one is metal-shielded), three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots, and a legacy PCI-slot. There are two M.2 slots (non-turbo), and six SATA 6GB/s ports. Rear I/O includes includes a PS/2 port, dual USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, dual USB 3.1 (Type-A, Type-C) ports, HDMI, DVI, VGA, an Ethernet port and a 3 channel audio jack.