AT20 Giveaway Day 4: MSI Motherboards for AMD & Intelby Ryan Smith on May 1, 2017 8:00 AM EST
Kicking off the first week of May, we’re back again for day 4 of our 20 day giveaway celebration of AnandTech’s 20th anniversary.
Last week we gave out a lot of processors, so it’s only fitting that today something to use those processors then. Thankfully MSI has just what we need, as the PC technology has sent over a pair of their latest gaming motherboards. Need something for an Intel Core processor? Or an AMD Ryzen? The good news is that no matter what, today MSI will have you covered.
- MSI Z270 GAMING M7
- MSI X370 GAMING PLUS
The AnandTech 20th Anniversary Celebration – MSI Giveaway
MSI Z270 GAMING M7
First off we have one of MSI’s high-end Z270 chipset boards for Intel’s Core processors, the MSI Z270 GAMING M7. The GAMING M7 is a full ATX board, giving it room for 3 PCIe x16 slots, and another 3 PCIe x1 slots. Along with the traditional form factor, the board also sports a trio of M.2 slots, and even a U.2 port for external SSDs. MSI has also added several third-party controllers to the board, including an ASMedia ASM2142 for USB 3.1 (Gen 2) support, a Killer E2500 controller for GigE networking, and a Realtek ALC 1220 for audio.
And as this is a high-end board, MSI hasn’t skimped on the features either. Along with their usual high-end BIOS features – including BIOS Flashback+ – MSI has also thrown in RGB lighting via their Mystic Light RGB system.
MSI X370 GAMING PLUS
Meanwhile on the AMD side of the aisle, we have the MSI X370 GAMING PLUS. Based on AMD’s X370 chipset for Ryzen, this is also a full ATX board, sporting 3 PCIe x16 slots (2x 3.0, and 1x 2.0), 3 PCIe x1 slots, and a single M.2 slot. In terms of third party controllers, we’re looking at an ASMedia ASM2142 for USB 3.1 (Gen 2) support, a Realtek ALC 892 for audio, and a Realtek 8111H GigE LAN controller.
Unlike its Intel counterpart, this board doesn’t feature RGB lighting, though it still features MSI’s Mystic Light Sync controller for controlling other RGB solutions. And it come with MSI’s usual high-end BIOS features.
Finally, as with our other giveaways, today’s giveaway is only open for 48 hours, so be sure to enter soon. However please note that for legal reasons, we’re only able to open these giveaways to residents of the United States.
Good luck to everyone! And be sure to check in tomorrow for our next giveaway.
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TheCurve - Monday, May 1, 2017 - linkInteresting style, good job MSI
truonggiang - Monday, May 1, 2017 - linkMSI is number 1 gaming
aangdula - Monday, May 1, 2017 - linkMSI it's true gergous perform
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Gamingphreek - Monday, May 1, 2017 - linkThanks for 20 years AT.
raja_jagadeesan - Monday, May 1, 2017 - linkAgreed. Thanks for 20 years Anandtech.
Aichon - Monday, May 1, 2017 - linkIndeed. May the next 20 be as good or better.
GAWTB2017 - Monday, May 1, 2017 - linkMy last board was MSI very happy with it
Tchamber - Monday, May 1, 2017 - linkI'd really like that X370.
BurntMyBacon - Monday, May 1, 2017 - linkI don't know. The X370 board seems less well equipped than the Z270.
Realtek ALC 892 vs ALC 1220
Realtek 8111H ethernet vs Killer E2500
M.2 slot without heat spreader vs M.2 with built in heatspreader
No U.2 port vs U.2 port
No built in RGB lighting vs built in RGB lighting (Though, I almost want to consider this an advantage for the X370)
I haven't kept up with MSI's latest boards, but I hope this comes down to the difference in Gaming Plus vs Gaming M7 and not some AMD vs Intel differentiator.
Quickdraw401 - Monday, May 1, 2017 - linkMe too!