MSI Z170I Gaming Pro AC
CrossFire GPU setup.
But if it's any consolation, the Z170I Gaming Pro AC does come with its own Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 Wi-Fi module complete with two external antennas, which would no doubt come in handy when connecting to the Internet via LAN is out of the question.
As with most MSI products, the Z170I Gaming Pro AC is loaded with a variety of fancy features, including MSI LAN Protect, a surge protector that's able to withstand up to 15KV of current; Audio Boost 3 technology, which comprises high-quality audio components, such as an isolated audio PCB and an electromagneticallyshielded HD audio processor; and USB Audio Power Pro – a special gold USB port that has a constant 5V current to allow for ‘cleaner' audio to be reproduced on DACs and USBpowered headphones.
Before we proceeded to benchmark the performance of the Z170I Gaming Pro AC using PCMark 8, we equipped it with a 4.00GHz Intel Core i7-6700K processor, 16GB of HyperX Fury DDR4 2,666MHz RAM, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics card.
Together with the rest of the components, the Z170I Gaming Pro AC managed to obtain a score of 4,345 for PCMark 8's Home benchmark, and 6,946 for the Creative benchmark. Since the board comes replete with an automated overclocking function called Game Boost, we decided to activate it within the BIOS and run the benchmarks again, just to see whether it would actually improve its performance. This consequently raised the Core i7-6700K's clock speed from 4.0GHz to 4.4GHz, and its core voltage from 1.256V to 1.272V – all with a simple press of a button.
With the Game Boost mode engaged, the Z170I Gaming Pro AC managed to achieve a score of 5,007 and 7,847 for PCMark 8's Home and Creative benchmarks respectively, which is quite a substantial improvement, we must say. If you're not all that familiar with the intricate art of overclocking, the Game Boost mode is no doubt a more straightforward way for you to squeeze a little more juice out from your processor.