MSI Z270 Krait Gam­ing

PC GAMER (UK) - - Hardware - £150

The sec­ond of­fer­ing from MSI this month comes in the form of the more con­sumer-friendly main­stream Krait se­ries moth­er­board. Over last year’s Z170 vari­ant, this ATX mobo fea­tures an up­dated aes­thetic de­sign, rear I/O cover, and fur­ther im­prove­ments to on­board con­nec­tiv­ity. As PCIe stor­age be­comes in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar due to its vastly su­pe­rior se­quen­tial read and write speeds in con­trast to the bot­tle­necked SATA 6GB/s hard drives of yes­ter­year, In­tel has pushed the num­ber of PCIe lanes avail­able to the chipset from 20 to 24. What this means is you can now have mul­ti­ple M.2 drives with­out sac­ri­fic­ing any graph­i­cal per­for­mance when run­ning dual-card set­ups.

As such, MSI’s lat­est Krait fea­tures two M.2 slots over its Z170 pre­de­ces­sor, on top of im­proved mem­ory sup­port, two on­board USB 3.0 head­ers, and has fi­nally dropped the SATA Ex­press con­nec­tion stan­dard. Con­sis­tency in terms of per­for­mance was solid, and I still man­aged to achieve a com­fort­able 5.0GHz on our In­tel Core i7-7700K with lit­tle to no worry.

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