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CES 2017: MSI Shows Off New Z270 Motherboards, X370 Ryzen Motherboards, External Thunderbolt GPU Solution
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CES 2017: MSI Shows Off New Z270 Motherboards, X370 Ryzen Motherboards, External Thunderbolt GPU Solution

Alex StevensJanuary 14, 2017

Last week at CES, MSI displayed their new batch of PC hardware for 2017. The new roster highlights include AMD Ryzen X370 motherboards and an external graphics dock.

With Kaby Lake’s launch, MSI had a full range of Z270 motherboards are also ready and on display. At the time of writing, MSI has an huge lineup of 30 boards scattered in 4 different segments.

 

MSI Z270 GAMING M7

The MSI Z270 M7 includes Boost Audio 4 Pro which MSI says will provide gamers a premium audio experience for a “competitive edge”. To fit the RGB theme of 2016, all heatsinks and covers are fitted with RGB Mystic Light which can be easily controlled via software. With triple M.2 and U.2 sockets, the MSI Z270 steps into the god tier for high-performance storage support. The MSI Z270 M7 is expected to retail at $249.99.

Manufacturer MSI
Model Z270 Tomahawk
Form Factor ATX
Socket LGA 1151
Chipset Intel Z270
Memory 4X DDR4 DIMM Slots (Up to 64GB)
Dual Channel, up to DDR4 4000 (OC)
Audio 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio w/Optical (Realtek ALC1150)
Slots 3 x PCI Express 3.0 (1X16, 2X8, 3X4)
3 x PCI Express x1
Storage x6 SATA 6GB/s x3 M.2 PCI-E
USB 1 x USB 3.1 Port (Type-A)
1 x USB 3.1 Port (Type-C)
2 x USB 3.0 Ports
3 x USB 2.0 Ports

MSI Z270 GAMING PRO CARBON

The Gaming Pro Carbon also includes Mystic Light, but this time with smartphone controls. It also features Mystic Light Sync which allows all RGB LEDs in your case, keyboard, or any other accessories synchronize with other colors and effects. It supports Crossfire and SLI and is on the higher-end of overclocking motherboards on the Z270 platform.

The MSI Z270 Gaming Pro Carbon is now available at a MSRP of $189.99

Manufacturer MSI
Model Z270 Pro Carbon
Form Factor ATX
Socket LGA 1151
Chipset Intel Z270
Memory 4X DDR4 DIMM Slots (Upto 64GB)
Dual Channel, up to DDR4 3800 (OC)
Audio 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio w/Optical (Realtek ALC1150)
Slots 3 x PCI Express 3.0 (1X16, 2X8, 3X4)
3 x PCI Express x1
Storage x6 SATA 6GB/s x2 M.2 PCI-E
USB 1 x USB 3.1 Port (Type-A)
1 x USB 3.1 Port (Type-C)
4 x USB 3.0 Ports
2 x USB 2.0 Ports

 

MSI Z270 TOMAHAWK

The Z270 Tomahawk is an update to the previous generation Z170 Tomahawk. The board now includes USB 3.1 type A and C ports, as well as a Turbo M.2 port with a very slick grey and charcoal two-tone color scheme. It mainly targets gamers who aren’t planning on overclocking their CPU or use more than one GPU. It also includes Mystic Light and is available at a MSRP of $150.

Manufacturer MSI
Model Z270 Tomahawk
Form Factor ATX
Socket LGA 1151
Chipset Intel Z270
Memory 4X DDR4 DIMM Slots (Upto 64GB)
Dual Channel, up to DDR4 3600 (OC)
Audio 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio w/Optical (Realtek ALC1150)
Slots 3 x PCI Express 3.0 (1X16, 2X8, 3X4)
3 x PCI Express x1
Storage x6 SATA 6GB/s x2 M.2 PCI-E
USB 1 x USB 3.1 Port (Type-A)
1 x USB 3.1 Port (Type-C)
4 x USB 3.0 Ports
2 x USB 2.0 Ports

 

Other Motherboards

Also on display was the B250M Mortar, Z270I Gaming PRO m-ITX, Z270 XPower Gaming Titanium, H270 Tomahawk Arctic and Z270 SLI Plus.

 

MSI X370 Titanium

As we covered previously, MSI also had the X370 Titanium designed for AMD’s upcoming Ryzen CPUs. It’ll be geared for extreme overclocking with its 4+8 EPS power connectors which will deliver a whopping 500W to the CPU. Much like the Intel chipset based MSI motherboards, the X370 Titanium supports 3-way crossfire, dual M.2 ports, and a single U.2 port. This motherboard feels very much like a good mixture of the Z270 and X99 version in terms of feature set. MSI has said they will be releasing in late February, so let’s keep the hype train rolling!

 

MSI G.U.S. (Graphics Upgrade System)

Image: PCPerspective

MSI also showed off the G.U.S. which they hail as a way to bring top-end graphics to any PC with a Thunderbolt 3 connection. It comes equipped with a 500W 80+ Gold rated PSU, 3x USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and a single Type-C port. We’re seeing Thunderbolt 3 making its way on more and more thin and light devices so hopefully graphics docks can find a way to make a splash this year. We will keep you updated when we get pricing and availability.

About The Author
Alex Stevens
Alex is a long time PC Hardware Enthusiast, when not testing, or troubleshooting he spends way too much time playing the latest RTS and FPS games.
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