MSI Z270 Gaming M7 Motherboard Review

Author: MAC
Date: February 15, 2017
Product Name: Z270 Gaming M7
Part Number: Z270 Gaming M7
Warranty: 3 Years
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Packaging & Accessories

Now that we have gone over some of the Z270 Gaming M7's features and specifications in the introduction, it is time to examine the packaging and then crack open the box to take a look at the bundled accessories. Let's check it out:

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We have to give MSI a huge thumbs up for this packaging. We love the fact that the motherboard itself is actually represented on the front of the box. None of the other motherboard manufacturer tend to do this for some reason, instead opting for (sometimes) eye-catching but ultimately generic graphics. We also like that the back of the box is filled with useful information regarding all of the interesting features that have been packed onto this model, as well as a full specifications list and a handy rear I/O panel diagram.

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Once you flip open the box, you are greeted with two separate sections, the top half securely holds the motherboard in an anti-static bag while the bottom half contains the accessories, the documentation and the software DVD.

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MSI doesn't tend to go crazy when it comes to the accessories bundle, and this model is no different. There is the black and red rear I/O panel cover, a Gaming Series sticker, four SATA cables, a simple 2-way SLI bridge, two M-connector pieces to help connect the case wires to the front panel header, and a RGB LED light strip extension cable that also acts as a Y-splitter so you can power two light strips from the single header. Given the price point of this motherboard, we would have really liked to see the inclusion of a high bandwidth SLI HB bridge since ASRock managed to do so on a model that retails for $65 USD / $85 CAD less.

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