MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Mini ITX Motherboard

Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Mini ITX Motherboard

  • Skylake/Kabylake
  • DDR4 2133-3600+
  • 1x PCIEx16
  • 2x M.2(Key M)
  • 4x SATA 6Gb/s
  • 1x USB 3.1 TypeC
  • 3x USB 3.1 TypeA
  • 4x USB2.0
  • Intel LAN
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Stock Code: MB-31J-MS

EAN: 4719072490614

MPN: 7A66-001R

Manufacturer: MSI

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Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 Mini ITX Motherboard

Z270 Motherboard (Mini-ITX) with Carbon Look, 1× PCIe 3.0 x16, 2× USB 3.1 (1x Type A & 1x Type C), 1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) & 4x SATA 6G, 4× USB 3.0 & 4× USB 2.0, MSI Mystic Light LED Control, WiFi The MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC is an ATX motherboard utilising Intel's Z270 chipset for Intel processors from the 6th ("Skylake") and 7th (“Kaby Lake”) generations on socket LGA 1151. The chipsets from the 200 series, known as "Union Point", come with up to 24 PCIe Express 3.0 lanes and bring more overall HSIO lanes (High Speed I/O) as well, thereby enabling more internal connections (such as SATA or PCIe slots) to be used simultaneously. As a Z270 motherboard, the MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon AC enables overclocking of K-series CPUs, which offer completely unlocked multipliers.

The Features of the MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC - An Overview:

  • 1× PCIe (3.0) x16
  • 2× USB 3.1 (Type A & Type C) / 4× USB 3.0
  • 1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) / 4× SATA 6G
  • Supports up to 32 GB DDR4-RAM at 4.000 MHz
  • MSI Mystic Light LED Control
  • Inkludes ac-WiFi-Module and Antennae
  • CPU Overclocking via Multiplier & Baseclock

The MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC in Detail

The MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC is a very well-equipped Mini-ITX motherboard with Intel's Z270 chipset for Intel's processors of the 6000- and 7000 series. This black-themed board comes with one PCIe-x16 slot, which is connected via 16 full lanes to the chipset. Some of the special features of the MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC include a MSI Mystic Light LED controller, as well as an RGB-LED header and the carbon-look styling of the motherboard.

The motherboard provides DDR4 RAM compatibility over two DIMM slots in ultra-fast dual-channel mode. The memory banks take up to 64 GB RAM and, depending on the processor installed, supports memory clocks of either 2.133 MHz (with Skylake CPUs) or 2.400 MHz (with Kaby Lake CPUs), and overclocking also allows memory modules rated at speeds of up to 4.000 MHz.

In order to connect the very fastest data storage devices, the board comes with one M.2 slot for especially fast NVMe M.2 SSDs as well as six SATA 6G ports for 3,5" or 2,5" hard drives and SSDs (including RAID support). The M.2 ports are connected via four PCIe lanes on the 3.0 standard to the chipset and, in combination with the NVMe protocol, enable a data transfer rate of almost 4 GB/s. This allows M.2 PCIe SSDs to function up to eight times faster than SATA 6G SSDs!

The I/O panel of this motherboard offers connectivity to the new USB specification, USB Type C, a port with a new slim profile and the ability to be plugged in either way. Apart from the Type C port the motherboard also offers backwards compatibility with USB 3.1 Type A. USB 3.1 ports are rated for a maximum achievable throughput of 10 Gbit/s, twice as fast as traditional USB 3.0 ports! As far as input devices and other gaming peripherals are concerned, the I/O panel also offers two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports respectively.

Besides the Gigabit LAN port the board comes with its own WiFi Module, that even supports the speedy ac-standard. If no graphics card is available, the integrated GPU on the Skylake or Kaby Lake CPU allows for monitors to be connected directly to the rear of the motherboard - and both HDMI and DisplayPort connectors are provided. Internally the motherboard offers - among other functions - three 4- pin headers for PWM fans as well as XMP support and an array of overclocking features.

Technischal Details:
  • Format: ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z270 ("Union Point")
    Socket: 1151 (for 6th and 7th generation Intel CPUs ("Skylake"/"Kaby Lake")
  • RAM: 4× DDR4 (Skylake: DDR4-2.133, Kaby Lake: DDR4-2.400, OC max. 3800 MHz)
  • Slots (physical):
    1× PCIe 3.0 x16
    1× WiFi-/Bluetooth Module (incl. 802.11ac)
  • Internal Connectors:
    4× SATA 6G
    1× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4, at the rear)
    2× USB 3.0 (one header)
    2× USB 2.0 (one header)
    3× Lüfter (4-Pin PWM)
    1× Mystic Light RGB LED Strip Header
    Power/Reset/LED/Front Audio
  • External Connectors:
    1× PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
    2× USB 3.1 (1× Type A and 1× Type C)
    4× USB 3.0
    2× USB 2.0
    1× Gigabit LAN (Intel I219-V)
    2× WiFi Antenna (in bundle)
    1× Clear CMOS Button
    1× HDMI 1.4b
    1× DisplayPort 1.2
    1× S/PDIF (optical)
    5× Audio (7.1)
  • Power Supply:
    1× 24-Pin EATX
    1× 8-Pin ATX 12V

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Quality, Feature laden little ITX board

After much pondering I chose this motherboard to complete my ITX build with an i5 7600, 16GB ram, 256GB M2 drive crammed in to a tiny Lian li case, and I'm very glad I did.
It looks and feels a quality item, surprisingly weighty for its size, is smartly packaged and has well written documentation and useful utilities included.
Although overclocking wasn't my reason for buying, the Bios is very easy to follow should this be your intention. I chose it for the latest generation of connectivity options on offer, and the layout of the internal headers of which the majority are around the edge allowing for neater cabling. If I was to nit pick I would have preferred the other two USB2 ports on the back panel rather than on a header.
Setting up with Win10 booting from M2 NVMe SSD was very easy, with no optical drive all drivers and utilities were downloaded from the MSI website without a hitch.
This is my first MSI product purchase and couldn't be happier with the experience.

Andy Turgoose 2017-01-29

Easy to install, great performance

I haven't assembled a pc since early 2000s, during AMD Athlon thunderbird CPUs era, so I was a bit nervous I would break something.

This motherboard made it real easy, the manual is very clear with clear instructions for everything, it was a breeze.

Also, the build quality seems next level, it feels really durable, I felt confident applying pressure to it when needed.

BIOS is easy to use, even stuff I didn't feel confident in doing like tweaking fans and overclocking.

Finally, it looks great, like a gaming motherboard should, the red leds really fit in my build as well.

Daniel Goncalves 2017-01-23

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  • OC3D - Approved

    "The MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC ITX motherboard is a pocket powerhouse, with bags of performance and overclocking prowess far beyond its diminutive stature, and should win our OC3D Performance Award."

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