MSI Z270 SLI PLUS Motherboard Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures
The Z270 SLI PLUS was installed in our new test bench, which we use to test all of our motherboards. All of the hardware besides the motherboard stays the same to keep things uniform.

MSI Z270 SLI PLUS Motherboard

Test System Specs
Processor: Intel Core i7-7700K
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 3GB
Motherboard: Z270 SLI PLUS
Memory: 16 GB Crucial DDR4 2133 MHz
Storage: ADATA XPG SX930 240GB
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: NZXT Kraken X52
Case: Primochill Praxis Wetbench

For motherboard testing we will running the processor and motherboard and the default optimized settings in the BIOS (as if you would restore the defaults on the board). We feel that this is how most users will have their systems configured. So everything will be on auto. Then we will be comparing it to the other Z270 motherboards we’ve tested up to this point. They include:

– Aorus Z270X-Gaming 9 (Review)
– EVGA Z270 Classified K (Review)

Overall System Testing
PCMark 8
– Home Benchmark
– Work Benchmark
– Creative Benchmark
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra
– Overall System Benchmark

CPU Testing
SiSoftware Sandra
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multi-Media
CINEBENCH R11.5 64-bit
x264 HD Benchmark 5.0

Graphics Testing
– Time Spy Benchmark
– Fire Strike Benchmark
– Sky Diver Benchmark

SATA, USB & Network Testing
SiSoftware Sandra
– Network (LAN) Benchmark

Now let’s get to testing!

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