MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 Motherboard

Last updated date: May 9, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 62 expert reviews, the MSI MSI Pro Series Intel Z270 Motherboard placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
8.7
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.7
314 user reviews
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What experts liked
Offers exceptional responsiveness that's suitable for professional-level use. Has ample ports and versatile performance that supports 6th and 7th gen Intel Core, Celeron, and Pentium processors. Easy installation; prompt customer support.
- BestReviews
March 1, 2019 | Full review
Affordable. Dual Turbo M.2 slots. Easy to use BIOS. Well Thought-out Features and Utilities
- Tech Spot
Meanwhile, the Z270 SLI Plus does have a few advancements, such as Realtek’s improved ALC1220 audio codec, ASMedia’s PCIe 3.0 x2 based ASM2142 USB 3.1 controller along with the Type-C connector, and an RGB LED connection.
- Tom's Hardware
January 16, 2017 | Full review
The MSI’s no-nonsense design gives way to solid core features. It matches most other boards on the market by running its DDR4 at a lofty maximum of 3800MHz, and the storage array includes two M.2 sockets and six SATA 3 ports.
- Trusted Reviews
July 7, 2017 | Full review
The overclocking ability of the Z270 SLI Plus is impressive for a sub $150 motherboard. 4.9 GHz was quite easy thanks to the well laid-out Click BIOS 5.
- Proclockers
January 3, 2017 | Full review
This series supports a wide range of graphic cards with a high-quality frame rate to enjoy your games at the highest possible quality. The MSI Audio Boost amplifies the gamers experience as it offers crisp studio quality audio with premium rate components. It also has lightning USB: Double bandwidth that supports USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A + Type C.
- Hot Rate
January 25, 2019 | Full review
This board has a 10 Phase PWM supply which is cooled down by two large heatsinks. The LGA 1151 socket is powered by a 8-Pin connector and board is powered by the 24-Pin ATX connector. The motherboard comes in the standard ATX form factor and has four DIMM slots that support MSI’s DDR4 Boost feature. This allows the motherboard to run memory with XMP profiles.
- WCCF Tech
December 5, 2016 | Full review
The Z270 SLI Plus does have 6x 4-pin fan headers. There is also a dedicated water pump header. All the fans support DC and PWM modes.
- Hard OCP
August 15, 2017 | Full review
MSI’s whole thing with the Pro Series is to bring you Z270 motherboards at a reasonable price, which they definitely have done.
- Think Computers
April 24, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Some reports of units with faulty components upon arrival. Some audio compatibility issues have been noted.
- BestReviews
March 1, 2019 | Full review
No dual LAN. No RGB LEDs
- Tech Spot
Then again, the Z270 SLI Plus has no digital optical audio output, and its onboard LEDs are monochromatic. You can switch off the LEDs if you’d like.
- Tom's Hardware
January 16, 2017 | Full review
Slightly slower gaming performance
- Trusted Reviews
July 7, 2017 | Full review
Now this board is obviously lacking some things. The audio solution is pretty basic to boards having Creative and other high-end solutions.
- Think Computers
April 24, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

MSI Z270 SLI PLUS is built with quality you can rely on with top performance and clever business solutions. Engineered to gratify even the most demanding professional, this motherboard will fit in any PC. Making your life easier and supporting your business with super stable, reliable and long-lasting top performance. Cooling your PC is essential for reliable performance. We've made sure to include enough fan headers with full control to allow you to cool your system any way you want. Include the following: 6x Fan headers, DC/PWM Mode, Full fan control, and Watercooling ready. Supporting the latest display connectors for new technologies (OLED, HDR) and legacy connectors for beamers, MSI motherboards are designed to make life easier for any professional user. Looking to go all out in terms of raw data speed and put multiple SSDs in RAID 0? Setting this up can prove to be quite the challenge. That’s why we created M.2 Genie, a brilliant feature to make setting up RAID 0 for M.2 and U.2 much easier and less time consuming. This model comes equipped with a premium network solution from Intel. The high quality Gigabit LAN networking component is optimized for professional and multimedia use with outstanding performance to deliver a secure, stable and fast network connection. This new technological marvel brings game-changing performance to memory and storage devices. Allow OPTANE caching to boost your storage devices for an even faster system!

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