MSI Z87I Gaming AC (LGA 1150) Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
7 March 2014
Conclusion: MSI’s Z87I Gaming AC mini-ITX motherboard is an interesting proposal. What sets it apart from other mini-ITX Z87 motherboards on the market is the extensive connectivity options – Gigabit Killer NIC ethernet, 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.0 and Intel WiDi certainly is more than you’d get from similarly...
Pros: Amazing connectivity options (WiDi, AC WiFi, BT 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA…), Attractive design, Competitive pricing, Lower power consumption than rivals
Cons: Confused and impractical layout in places, Low resolution BIOS compared to rivals
Summary: With gigantic towers going the way of the dinosaur and power coming in smaller and smaller configurations mini-ITX gaming oriented motherboards are more attractive than ever before. We put the Z87I GAMING AC to the test and find out if good things come in small packages or big headaches do.
Summary: At a price point of $199.99, the MSI Z87I Gaming AC is in the Mainstream Gaming category of Intel Z87 motherboard systems.
Benchmarks for the MSI Z87I Gaming AC board showed that the board performed at a high level.
Summary: Sickening... that's the key word in this review. It is sickening how much performance and features you can squeeze out of something this small, I love this! You could build an intensely small PC based on a small ITX chassis and then gain the major performance of the Core i7 4770K (or any other 4th...
Conclusion: There are, admittedly some concessions tied in to the attractive price tag of the MSI Z87I. Performance isn't stellar at stock speed or when overclocked and layout is a bit awry in places. However, the performance is never worryingly low and overall there's little else not to like with the Z87I.
Conclusion: If it was not for the little niggles within the BIOS and a few strange design choices, such as the inclusion of a single band WIFI solution and placement of the 4pin CPU power, this motherboard would have been pushing for an editors choice award.
Conclusion: Making small motherboards is almost becoming an art form – the manufacturers have to ensure that in this small form factor they offer enough functionality to remain competitive, but there is an upper limit to pricing which users will find ‘reasonable’ when deciding to choose which motherboard is...
Summary: Blimey! How can something so small harness so much powah! Incredible. Seriously guys, every little aspect of the Z87I from MSI has been done right. The power consumption is at an all-time low, it has all the features you wish for, including a wide array of display connectivity, two Gigabit LAN jacks...
Summary: Heading over to Newegg to see how much the new MSI Z87I is going to set you back saw us greeted with no results. This motherboard is actually brand new and hasn't quite hit the retail channel yet.
Summary: In the scheme of things, mini ITX systems are still a niche market. However it is a market that is gaining a lot of attention because of products like the MSi Z87i Gaming AC. Offering the same full size features in a smaller package opens doors to system configurations that have previously been...
Pros: Features, Wireless AC, CPU and Memory Support, Overclocking, Design, Style, Quality, Warranty, Price
Cons: Connection layout may be an issue is some cases.