MSI Z270 GAMING M7 Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅15-03-17
Test Setup & Methodology

Test Setup
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K
Cooling Corsair H100i GTX
Motherboard MSI Z270 GAMING M7
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz
Graphics GIGABYTE GTX 1080 G1 Gaming
Storage Corsair Force LX 512GB
PSU Corsair HX1050 80 Plus Gold Certified PSU
Monitor AOC U2879VF
Capture Device Epiphan AV.iO 4K


Benchmarks
Cinebench R15 CPU/OpenGL Score
x264 HD 4.0 1st and 2nd pass encoding
SiSoftware SANDRA CPU & Memory benchmarks
POV-RAY CPU benchmarks
TrueCrypt CPU benchmarks
AIDA64 CPU benchmarks & Memory
PCMark 8 Home Suite & Photoshop
3DMark FireStrike 3D Benchmark
Games Civilization IV & Total War: WARHAMMER


Other Software
Temperature Analysis: Real Temp
Stress Testing Software: AIDA64 Stability Test
CPU Specification Monitoring: CPU-Z


Overclocking

Like previous generations, the Intel Core i7-7700K (Kabylake) is unlocked and also has flexible attributes in terms of the BCLK and ratio/multiplier. This makes the job of overclocking much easier.

Our current milestone is 4.9GHz with the Intel Core i7-7700K With M7 we were able to reach the 4.9GHz milestone and we did so by applying just 1.33v to the vcore. So, this highlights that our MSI board is able to push the limits of Kaby Lake and by overclocking, we can obviously then enjoy even better performance in a range of scenarios.

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