Written by James Schell and John Morrison.
And next in line for this roundup of motherboard announcements is MSI!
MSI continues the trend this generation of a monochrome color scheme for the board itself to allow the RGB lighting to stand out. It has the armored PCIe and RAM like the other high-end boards for Z270, M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4, M.2 WiFi 802.11ac WiFi card, Intel NIC, and so on.
One note though, they advertise the “Lightning” USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C but this is not Thunderbolt 3, they’re running off an ASMedia controller.
All in all, I think it’s a good looking board and I like that the 8-pin CPU power connector is closer to the right-edge of the board to make cable management easier.
The Z270M Mortar is a pretty sharp looking board that eschews the monochrome trend for red accents, but I think they did a good job because it’s sparingly applied. Specs are nothing real special, with a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2, Intel NIC, and no wireless or USB 3.1.
This board cannot do SLI because the bottom slot is x4 only, but CrossFire is supported.
A white version of the above and I think it’d make for some amazing looking builds with appropriately matching case, video card, etc.
The Bazooka is a lower-end board that does away with the VRM heatsinks, two of the SATA ports, one of the PCIe x1 slots, and such to reduce cost.
A B250 chipset version of the Z270M Mortar.
Continuing down the price scale is the B250M Gaming Pro, which has very bright red accents going on if this picture is to be believed.
A B250 version of the Z270M Bazooka.
And here we’re down to a basic, entry-level board with the B250M PRO-VH. Strangely it still retains the armored slot which makes me wonder if people damaging the PCIe slot is enough of a RMA problem that it’s worth implementing even on a cheap board like this.
That’s MSI’s range – a nice selection. Thoughts? Tell us them here.