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MSI Z270 Gaming Pro

MSI Z270 Gaming Pro
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MSI Z270 Gaming Pro review: specs and price

MSI Z270 Gaming Pro

Why is MSI Z270 Gaming Pro better than the average?

  • RAM speed
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    2400MHzvs2264.25MHz
  • Fan headers
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    6vs4.56
  • Memory slots
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    4vs3.95
  • Overclocked RAM speed
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    3800MHzvs3505.01MHz
  • SATA 3 connectors
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    6vs5.63
  • PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
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    3vs1.98
  • USB 3.0 ports
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    4vs3.99
  • USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)
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    4vs2.52

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General info

1.Easy to reset BIOS
MSI Z270 Gaming Pro
The motherboard has a button or switch on the rear panel to clear the CMOS, which resets the BIOS to factory settings. This is useful if something goes wrong with the BIOS which stops your computer from booting, as you can reset the BIOS without opening the case to access the CMOS jumper.
The number of GPUs supported when using a multi-GPU configuration. Using more than one GPU in parallel can give increased performance.
The motherboard has more CPU sockets. Multiple CPUs are typically used in servers.
When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.
5.height

243.8mm

The height represents the vertical dimension of the product. We consider a smaller height better because it assures easy maneuverability.
6.width

304.8mm

The width represents the horizontal dimension of the product. We consider a smaller width better because it assures easy maneuverability.

Memory

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.
The motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.
More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

Connectors

Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.
SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.
3.has an HDMI output
MSI Z270 Gaming Pro
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.
The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
6.Has USB Type-C
MSI Z270 Gaming Pro
The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.

Expansion slots

PCIe slots allow you to connect various components to the motherboard, such as graphics cards and sound cards. The number after the 'x' represents the number of lanes, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCI Express 3.0 has a bit rate of 8 GT/s, delivering 985 MB/s per lane.
Using PCIe slots, you can connect different components to your motherboard, such as graphics cards and RAID cards. The number after the 'x' represents the number of data-transmission lanes. More lanes result in faster data transfer rates. A PCIe x1 slot has one lane and can move data at one bit per cycle.

Audio

Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.
More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.
3.Has S/PDIF Out port
MSI Z270 Gaming Pro
S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

Storage

1.Supports RAID 1
MSI Z270 Gaming Pro
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 1 mirrors the data across the drives. This gives you greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.
2.Supports RAID 5
MSI Z270 Gaming Pro
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 5 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another due to the use of parity.
3.Supports RAID 10 (1+0)
MSI Z270 Gaming Pro
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 10 (1+0) stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. It gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.
4.Supports RAID 0
MSI Z270 Gaming Pro
RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance and capacity compared to a single drive. The drawback is that if one drive fails, you lose the data on all drives.

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