MSI Z370 SLI Plus
Here comes another one, just like the other one.
By now, you’ve probably noticed a theme. All Z370 motherboards around the $260 mark are pretty much identical. And the MSI Z370 SLI Plus is no exception. It’s interesting that MSI has stuck ‘SLI’ in the product name, as Nvidia is no longer promoting SLI. We’re guessing MSI’s marketing team is simply leveraging the perception that SLI is faster.
Once again, we see lots of RGB lighting in the form of MSI’s ‘Mystic’ system, which can be programmed via the easy-to-use desktop software. The layout of the board is identical to most of the others, with three x16 and three x1. Once more, we see twin M.2 slots, but there are no heatshields this time around, a surprising omission. Also, only one of these can handle the 2,280mm M.2 drive, with the other slot being shorter. Six SATA 3 slots is also standard, along with the ALC 1220 audio codec. Same old, same old... As for inputs, we have a single Gen 2 Type-A USB, single Gen 2 Type-C and four Gen 1 Type USB ports. There’s also DVI-I, HDMI, a single Gigabit Ethernet and a quaint PS/2 input for older keyboards and mice.
It’s really hard to differentiate in the motherboard market when all of the companies are targeting the same price point, and this ‘ board simply reinforces that notion.
Physically, they’re all nearly identical, with buyer’s choice coming down to aesthetics and brand loyalty. It’s only when you spend a little more that you get a few extra features.
$249 | AU.MSI.COM