MSI Z87i Gaming ITX Motherboard Review

MSI Z87I Gaming Review

Test Setup

MSI Z87I Gaming
Intel Core i7-4770K
Club3D HD7970 Royal Ace
Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz
Corsair AX1200i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64   

Overclocking

If the features are still surprising given the mITX size, the decision of MSI to go with a full Z87 chipset and even have it as part of their Gaming is unquestionably a wise one. With an mITX we’d expect maybe 4.6GHz from our i7-4770K but the Z87I Gaming matches our very best motherboards with a whopping 4.9GHz. That’s outstanding from such a compact package. We’ve known about it all week and we’re still slack jawed. Mightily impressive. This just clarifies our thoughts about Haswell when it was first released, the CPU’s demand so little power wise now that any decent motherboard should be capable of maxing out any CPU on air or water cooling. The Z87i-G has definitely proven this point!

MSI Z87I Gaming Review