- Socket: LGA1151
- Chipset: Z370
- RAM Slots: 4
- RAM: 4133+(OC)/ 4000(OC)/ 3866(OC)/ 3733(OC)/ 3600(OC)/ 3466(OC)/ 3400(OC)/ 3333(OC)/ 3300(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC) /2800(OC)/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133 MHz
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, LAN
- Ports: 6x USB 3.1, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 5x audio jack, 1x 6.3mm headphone jack, 3x LAN, 1x Optical S/PDIF
- Size: E-ATX
- 3D-printing friendly
- Benchmark Results
- PCMark 10 Essentials: 7,928 points
- PCMark 10 Productivity: 5,637 points
- PCMark 10 Content Creation: 6,539 points
The flagship model for MSI’s Z370 line of motherboards, the Z370 GODLIKE GAMING, promises extreme performance and great build quality. Using Military Class 5 components, this motherboard is set to give overclockers stable and optimised overclocks. There is also a slew of features to help them further push the limits of their rig.
The Z370 GODLIKE GAMING has four DDR4 DIMM slots, which support up to 64GB’s of DDR4 RAM. Overclockers rejoice, because it also supports speeds of up to an extreme 4,133MHz. For those in need of extreme graphics performance, SLI and CrossfireX support is also available. MSI’s CLICK BIOS 5 here replaces the usual low res BIOS with a sharp, high resolution BIOS for greater readability. It also comes with an EZ-mode for those who just want a quick dash of overclocking, but if you’re feeling adventurous you can always explore the Advanced mode. There’s also hardware monitoring inside the BIOS, which keeps you up to speed with your rig’s situation at all times.
The motherboard is also equipped with an M.2 heatsinks that can be removed with a screwdriver. To insert an M.2 SSD you’d have to remove the heatsink, which also has a thermal pad under it to ensure that optimal heat dissipation for cooler M.2 SSDs at full performance. If you don’t have an M.2 and want to speed up your boot speeds you can consider using Intel Optane memory, which is supported by the motherboard, allowing you to speed up your PC boot up times without spending tonnes more on a high capacity SSD.
If you’re a modder, then this motherboard is for you. It has the makings of a modders board, sporting 3D printing friendly mounts. In addition, RGB headers allow use to make use of MSI’s Mystic Light technology to control LED strips even without an RGB controller. Mystic Light can also be remotely controlled through your smartphone with the MSI Gaming App, and provides 17 different LED effects.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The high performance and amazing looking motherboard has once again popped out from the MSI womb.
(previously published in issue January 2018)