MSI Z370 SLI Plus Motherboard Review



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MSI Z370 SLI Plus Motherboard Review

MSI Z370 SLI Plus

Over the last few months, there’s been a lot of discussion surrounding the need for Intel’s Z370 platform for Coffee Lake processors. The motherboards are now well known to be virtually identical to their Z270 counterparts, but to make room (quite literally) for the new Coffee Lake processors and their increased core counts, Intel regrettably had to make some small adjustments to the pin configuration of their motherboards. While I did have my reservations about these motherboards, pretty much all was forgiven when we saw the incredible performance from the Z370 chipsets and the Coffee Lake processors such as the i7 8700k; the CPUs decimated everything else on the market regarding gaming performance.

Intel 8th Gen Support

We kick things off today with a look at the latest MSI Z370 SLI Plus gaming motherboard. It comes equipped with all the features you’re likely to need to build a high-end gaming system or even a consumer-friendly workstation type system. Naturally, it comes with support for all the latest Intel 8th generation processors on socket LGA 1151. I would like to remind people that while it does have a visually identical socket, this motherboard is not compatible with 7th generation processors.

Features

The SLI Plus certainly ticks all the right boxes regarding features. It comes with support for 4000+ MHz DDR4 memory, as well as supporting DDR4 Boost technology, allowing for improved memory overclocking performance. The audio enthusiast will be happy to hear that there is Audio Boost 4, as well as a powerful built-in amplifier for your speakers and headphones. Naturally, being an SLI motherboard, you will find Multi GPU support with steel armor PCIe slots allowing for two way NVIDIA SLI or AMD 3 way Crossfire. And if that wasn’t enough, you will still find Twin Turbo M.2, Lightning USB, X Boost technology, ESD protection, Military Classified hardware, and plenty of RGB lighting customisation too.

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4 Responses to “MSI Z370 SLI Plus Motherboard Review”
  1. bilel dhaou says:

    this motherbouard Availability the overcloking for CPU!!!!!!

    • Dean says:

      I currently own this board and am running a very high end system:
      8700k @4.8ghz
      2x16gb ddr4 3600mhz
      2x1080ti gaming x trio

      This board handles all the additional components than i’m throwing at it flawlessly. My gpu’s are 1.5kg each and there is no sag.
      One thing to watch out for, if you are a r/datahoarder like me, you cannot use an m.2 slot without disabling 2 of the 6 SATA connectors.
      ram overclocking has become more stable thanks to a bios update, allowing me to overclock my ram to 3600 from 3200, something I wasn’t able to do initially.

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  3. will says:

    warning on my board at 1.25 volts the vrms overheat even if i am giving them direct air flow with a fan. this is only under a stress test. the soft ware that comes with this board is a bit naff and is more like bloat ware, overall the board is ok and i got it for a killer deal.

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