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MSI Z87I Gaming AC

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MSI Z87I Gaming AC review: specs and price

MSI Z87I Gaming AC
MSI Z87I Gaming AC
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Why is MSI Z87I Gaming AC better than the average?

  • Height
    170mmvs230.33mm
  • RJ45 ports
    2vs1.13
  • Audio connectors
    6vs4.77
  • Audio channels
    8vs7.6
  • DisplayPort outputs
    1vs0.31
  • DVI outputs
    1vs0.58
  • Width
    170mmvs275.86mm

Top specs and features

General info

1.Easy to overclock
MSI Z87I Gaming AC

Overclocking your system is normally quite a complicated procedure, but some manufacturers provide a button or a program where one click will automatically overclock your computer, giving you increased performance.

2.CPU sockets

1

The motherboard has more CPU sockets. Multiple CPUs are typically used in servers.

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3.Has WiFi
MSI Z87I Gaming AC

The device can connect to WiFi.

4.height

170mm

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5.Has Bluetooth
MSI Z87I Gaming AC

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

6.Easy to reset BIOS
MSI Z87I Gaming AC

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.

Memory

1.RAM speed

1600MHz

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

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2.memory channels

2

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.

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3.memory slots

2

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.

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4.maximum memory size

16GB

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

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1024GB

5.overclocked RAM speed

3000MHz

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.

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4600MHz

Connectors

1.fan headers

2

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.

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2.USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)

2

The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.

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3.USB 3.0 ports

4

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.

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4.SATA 3 connectors

4

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.

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5.has a HDMI output
MSI Z87I Gaming AC

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

6.RJ45 ports

2

RJ-45 ports are used for LAN (Local Area Network) connections. With more ports you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. It also has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails.

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Expansion slots

1.PCIe 2.0 x16 slots

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

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2.PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

1

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCIe 3.0 offers higher transfer rates than PCIe 2.0, and can give increased performance.

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3.PCIe x1 slots

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x1’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

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4.PCI slots

0

PCI slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. PCI has been superseded by PCI Express which offers faster data transfer rates, but many cards today still use PCI.

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5.PCIe x8 slots

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x8’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

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6.PCIe x4 slots

0

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x4’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

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Audio

1.Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)

95dB

When an audio chipset converts a digital audio signal to an analogue one (for example when playing an MP3 on your speakers), a certain amount of noise is added. A higher SNR means that there is less added noise and the audio quality is better.

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2.audio connectors

6

More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.

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3.audio channels

8

Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.

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4.Has S/PDIF Out port
MSI Z87I Gaming AC

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

Storage

1.Supports RAID 5
MSI Z87I Gaming AC

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.

2.Supports RAID 1
MSI Z87I Gaming AC

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.

3.Supports RAID 0
MSI Z87I Gaming AC

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.

4.Supports RAID 10 (1+0)
MSI Z87I Gaming AC

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.

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