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MSI’s 200-Series Boards, In Black and White and Red

Written by James Schell and John Morrison. And next in line for this roundup of motherboard announcements is MSI! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Z270I GAMING PRO CARBON AC 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 …
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Gigabyte’s 200-Series Range – Sizeable (In a Good Way)

Written by James Schell and John Morrison. Streaking into first place with the most SFF boards on offer at launch, Gigabyte brings it’s breadth of options to the market. With so many options, surely there’s one here for everyone? Maybe? [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Mini-ITX GA-Z270N-WIFI While Kaby Lake is fairly disappointing as far as CPU performance improvements is concerned, I’m very appreciative that the new generation of boards that are launching with it are trending towards a more subdued, monochrome color scheme compared to the often gaudy designs of previous gens. The GA-Z270N-WIFI here looks to be a solid Mini-ITX board …
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BIOSTAR 200 Series.. Where are they all?

Continuing the alphabeticalness (yes, that’s a word) of the 200-Series board parade, now we have BIOSTAR. Well, we thought we did, but we can only find two boards for this generation on their site! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] Z270GT4 Ver 5.X U.2 makes a return on the BIOSTAR RACING Z270GT4 Ver 5.x (seriously, this chipset just launched, why are we at version 5 already?!), combined with 1x M.2, USB3.0, RGB LEDs and control, as well as 6 SATA 3. No SLI here, just CrossFireX for those multi-GPU fans. [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] B250GT3 Ver 6.x Bye-bye U.2.. again, and welcome the replacement …
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ASUS 200-Series Boards Lineup

Alphabetical order! Next up in our motherboard roundup from the 200-Series launch is ASUS’s offering. Let’s see what they have for us! [mks_separator style=”blank” height=”2″] ROG STRIX Z270I Gaming This appears to be the only Mini-ITX offering that ASUS has in the 200-Series launch, but in it’s defence, it is fully featured. The main notable feature is a double-decker heatsink – enabling both your PCH and M.2 SSD to be cooled with a single heatsink! This board also includes the new USB 3.1 front panel connector… exciting times. The board also features Aura Sync RGB LED, 802.11ac WiFi, DDR4 4266 MHz, …