MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC LGA1151 Mini-ITX Motherboard

MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC LGA1151 Mini-ITX Motherboard

MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC LGA1151 Mini-ITX Motherboard

MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC LGA1151 Mini-ITX Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • Mini-ITX Form Factor
  • Intel Z270 Chipset
  • LGA1151 Socket
  • 2 x Dual-Channel DDR4-3800 (OC)
  • 4 x SATA III, 1 x M.2
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16
  • USB 3.1 Type-C, USB 3.0, USB 2.0
  • HDMI and DisplayPort
  • Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2
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MSI Z270i overview

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The Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard from MSI comes with a mini-ITX form factor, an Intel Z270 chipset, and an LGA1151 socket, so you can create an ultra-compact system powered by a 6th- or 7th-generation Intel processor. This motherboard supports up to 32GB of DDR4 memory modules along with four SATA-based storage and optical drives. For performance, it comes armed with an M.2 slot for an ultra-fast SSD as well as one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot that lets you build a gaming rig. In addition, the Z270I sports an internal 802.11ac/Bluetooth 4.2 module and two external antennas to provide wireless connectivity to the Internet and Bluetooth-enabled devices.

MSI has equipped the Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC with RGB lighting so you can illuminate the insides of your case with up to 16.8 million colors as well as seventeen effects. The onboard lighting system can be easily controlled via a gaming app or mobile device.

Aside from lighting effects, the rear panel on this motherboard offers Gigabit Ethernet, PS/2, DisplayPort, and HDMI connections. For USB connectivity, two USB 3.1, two USB 3.0, and two USB 2.0 ports are available. For easy connections, one of the USB 3.1 ports features a Type-C design. Other notable features include a built-in Realtek ALC1220 audio processor along with six audio jacks to complete the multimedia experience.

Intel Z270 Chipset
The Z270 chipset is designed to support Intel's 6th and 7th-generation of processors.
Intel LGA1151 Socket
This motherboard supports Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA1151 package. These processors come with integrated graphics, memory, and PCI-Express controllers to deliver onboard graphics, dual-channel DDR4 memory support, and PCI Express 3.0 lanes for graphics performance.

Additional Features

DDR4 Boost with Steel Armor gives your DDR4 memory modules a performance increase
VR Ready
Mystic Light RGB and Mystic Light Sync deliver 16.8 million colors and seventeen effects that are controlled with one click using a gaming app or mobile device
Turbo M.2
Lightning USB 3.1 with 10 Gb/s speeds
Audio Boost 4 with Nahimic 2 rewards your ears with studio grade quality sound for an immersive gaming experience
Gaming LAN with LAN Protect offers low latency and bandwidth management
Military Class 5 and Guard Pro for enhanced protection and efficiency
Game Boost, Gaming Hotkey, X-Boost, and Xsplit Gamecaster included
EZ Debug LED provides an easy way to troubleshoot problems
Click BIOS 5 comes with high-resolution scalable fonts, favorites, and search functions
UPC: 824142138403
In the Box
MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC LGA1151 Mini-ITX Motherboard
  • Driver and Utilities Disc
  • I/O Shield
  • 2 x SATA Cables
  • Set of SATA Cable Labels
  • 2 x Antennas
  • RGB LED Extension Cable
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    MSI Z270i specs

    Chipset Intel Z270
    CPU Socket LGA 1151
    Back Panel I/O
    USB 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
    2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
    Display 1 x DisplayPort 
    1 x HDMI 
    Audio 5 x 3.5 mm
    1 x S/PDIF
    Ethernet / Controller 1 x Intel I219V Gigabit
    PS/2 1 x Combo
    Wi-Fi Antenna 2 x Connector
    Buttons Clear CMOS
    Memory Slots 2 x 288-Pin
    Memory Support DDR4 2133, 2400, 2600, 2800, 3000, 3200, 3600, 3800 MHz
    Maximum Capacity 32 GB
    Channel Architecture Dual Channel
    ECC Support Non-ECC Unbuffered
    Storage Expansion
    M.2 1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA III)
    U.2 None
    RAID Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
    Internal I/O
    Expansion Slots 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16
    USB 1 x USB 2.0 Header (Supports 2 USB Type-A Ports)
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Header (Supports 2 USB Type-A Ports)
    Multi-GPU Support None
    Air Cooling 1 x 4-Pin CPU
    2 x 4-Pin System
    Power Connectors 1 x 24-Pin Mainboard
    1 x 8-Pin CPU
    Security Chassis Intrusion, TPM Module
    LED Header 1 x RGB
    Diagnostics Clear CMOS
    Front Panel I/O
    I/O Connection Headers AAFP
    Audio Codec Realtek ALC1220 (8-Channel)
    Bluetooth Version 4.2
    Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 5 
    Form Factor Mini-ITX
    Dimensions 6.7 x 6.7" / 17.0 x 17.0 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.0 x 7.6 x 2.8"

    MSI Z270i reviews

    Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC LGA1151 Mini-ITX Motherboard is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid little board at a good price This is the first MSI motherboard that I have used. Supports overclocking my 7600k like a champion. UEFI is decently easy to navigate. Auto overclock is passable, though far too generous with the voltage. All in all, this is a solid board. The only real complaint that I had is that the fan headers are all located back by the I/O ports for some reason, which makes cable routing very awkward. Seems like an odd place to throw them. Aside from that, it's nice that you can outright disable the rgb strip if you don't want it, although this does require using MSI's software. I would have liked to be able to turn it off in the BIOS.
    Date published: 2017-02-04
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid mini-ITX motherboard, not flawless however. Looks very sleek, lot of real-estate in a very compact space. WiFi connection hardware is terrible - antennas are connected to the motherboard with 2 small interlocking wires (mm-sized radius). One of them unsnapped and it was not possible to reconnect - eventually had to use a glue gun to get them to stay put. Everything worked out of the box, temps seem to be relatively decent (running with an i7-7700k and 16GB of G.Skill memory). Only 3 connections for fans, 1 of them is the CPU fan so realistically only 2 separate fans can be connected.
    Date published: 2017-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great motherboard with awesome features! This motherboard is awesome. It's got every possible feature you will ever need. The best part is all the features added when using the MSI utility.
    Date published: 2017-02-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from DOA Dead on arrival. Going to wait for the ASUS one and hope I have better luck with quality.
    Date published: 2017-01-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent mini-ITX motherboard for any build This board was everything I needed and really nothing I didn't. I was researching Z270 mini-ITX boards for an HT/Gaming PC for a while and it was tough because they are pretty new and there were no real reviews out there. I wanted one that supported a 7th gen i7 and had Intel Wi-Fi/Intel LAN as well as one that supported USB 3.0/3.1 (with Type-C), XMP memory, M.2, and at least 4 drives. It came down to this one and the ASUS RoG Strix Z270i. They are the same price with basically the same features, but I read that the ASUS loses an SATA connection if you install an M.2 drive and the MSI did not. Since I have it in a case that can hold 6 hard drives I thought I would go with the one that would support the most drives since it leaves me with options and I couldn't be happier. It can control 3 case fans with the 2 headers...I just used a splitter. Runs great, runs fast, boots fast with M.2 SSD. Have had it up for the past 2 weeks 24x7 with zero issues. If you are looking for ITX board with the Z270 chipset I don't believe you could go wrong with this one. The only way to get a board that provides more is to get something in a different form factor. I will have to say the only downfalls to it is that It IS a touch on the pricey side and it could have more USB ports, but you DO get a lot for the money.
    Date published: 2017-03-01
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