As someone who tries to make it out to as many LAN events as possible, small but powerful LAN rigs have been saving my back for years. Even though to some the LAN scene has been shrinking, the industry has really started to take notice of the small LAN rigs recently. We have seen smaller console like builds from boutique builders and Valves recent interest in steam boxes has gotten everyone in a frenzy as well. Because of that, I was happy to see MSI dive into the Mini ITX gaming market with their new GTX 760 Gaming ITX video card and the ZZ87I Gaming AC motherboard. Given our previous experience with similar products, MSI sent over the motherboard and video card combo to see what we thought about the two. Let’s see what they are all about.

Product Name: MSI Z87I Gaming AC and MSI GTX 760 Gaming ITX

Review Sample Provided by: MSI

Written by: Wes

Picture by: Wes

 

Z87I Gaming AC Specifications

CPU (Max Support)

i7

FSB / Hyper Transport Bus

100MHz

Chipset

Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

DDR3 Memory

DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*(*OC) MHz

Memory Channel

Dual

DIMM Slots

2

Max Memory (GB)

16

PCI-Ex16

1

PCI-E Gen

Gen3(16)

USB 3.0 ports (Front)

2

SATAIII

5

USB 2.0 ports (Front)

2

RAID

0/1/5/10

LAN

10/100/1000*1

TPM

1

USB 3.0 ports (Rear)

4

USB 2.0 ports (Rear)

2

Audio ports (Rear)

6

eSATA

1

Display Port

1

HDMI

1

DVI

1

VGA Max Share Memory (MB)

1760

DirectX

11

Form Factor

Mini-ITX

GTX 760 Mini-ITX Gaming

Graphics Engine

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760

Bus Standard

PCI Express x16 3.0

Memory Type

GDDR5

Memory Size(MB)

2048

Memory Interface

256 bits

Core Clock Speed(MHz)

1033 (Boost Clock: 1098) (OC mode)

1006 (Boost Clock: 1072) (Gaming mode)

980 (Boost Clock: 1033) (Silent mode)

Memory Clock Speed(MHz)

6008

DVI Output

Dual-link DVI-I x 1

HDMI-Output

1

Mini DisplayPort

2

HDMI Support

Y

Dual-link DVI

Y

Display Output (Max Resolution)

2560x1600

DirectX Version Support

11.2 API (feature level 11_0)

OpenGL Version Support

4.3

SLI Support

Y, 3-ways

Card Dimension(mm)

170 x 120 x 35 mm

Weight

580g

 

 

Posted: 8 months 6 days ago by Plague #33772
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Nice stuff, motherboard is an upgrade to the one I have only intel. Video seem to be just a bit slower then the Asus card, which I find odd, but not bad either way. To bad these were not out last September. hehe
Posted: 8 months 1 week ago by garfi3ld #33770
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For those of you who are into small form factor gaming, MSI has a new motherboard and video card that you might be interested in. Check it out!

 

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