MSI equipped the Z170A Gaming M7 motherboard with a 14-phase digital power design
and an ISL6388 chip from Intersil is taking care of the CPU VRM. As it's the case with all high-end
motherboards from MSI the solid capacitors are part
of MSI's Military Class 5 group of components so we are looking at an overall
higly capable power
design, as there are for instance titanium chokes on this motherboard.
A closer look at the power design related to the memory reveals a 2-phase digital power design here driven by a PV3205 digital, dual-channel buck phase controller from powervation.
As far as the memory goes, you can find four DIMM-slots on the Z170A Gaming M7 motherboard.
Officially supported are the DDR4
The PCH as well as the current converters are being held at adequate
temperatures via passive heatsinks. The heatsink for current converters is made from
a single aluminium block that uses one 6mm nickel-plated copper heatpipe. The
PCH heatsink has not been been integrated into the heatpipe loop and is quite
simple and flat. The cooling blocks have been very well made and also they are perfetcly attached to the board to provide enough pressure on the components
they have to cool. The aluminium blocks are entirely black with red sheet metal covers, overall resembling a completly new design.
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|Page 2 - Specs and Delivery||Page 15 - UC Bench|
|Page 3 - Features||Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M|
|Page 4 - Layout||Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core|
|Page 5 - Connectors and I/O||Page 18 - Cinebench|
|Page 6 - BIOS||Page 19 - Tomb Raider|
|Page 7 - Test setup||Page 20 - Metro Last Light|
|Page 8 - Preview / Gallery||Page 21 - Sleeping Dogs|
|Page 9 - 3D Mark||Page 22 - Power Consumption|
|Page 10 - 3D Mark 11||Page 23 - Performance Rating|
|Page 11 - 3D Mark Vantage||Page 24 - Price Comparison|
|Page 12 - PC Mark 8||Page 25 - Conclusion|
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