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When Micro Star International, MSI, started out in the computer business long ago in 1986, the mainstream computing industry for the masses was practically non-existent. You either had to be made of money or in one of the few jobs which allowed you to work on them to be able to use one. So a stark contrast to what we see today. MSI was one of the first companies to bring computers to the masses, not just at home but into differing industries such as education and communication, which has revolutionised the was we live our lives today.

In today’s market, MSI are one of the big players, dealing with a vast range of equipment from motherboards to graphics cards, and very recently have added to their standard ranges with Lightning and Gaming variants of popular motherboards and graphics cards. With innovation being a clear goal of MSI, this is reinforced with what we have seen with the Lightning and Gaming focused hardware, which are pushing boundaries whether it be with stability, longevity or overclocking. MSI are clearly making a statement of intent and are going toe to toe with the likes of GIGABYTE and ASUS.

Today, we have the latest offering from MSI’s gaming series of motherboards, and a new area for the Gaming series to step into with the MATX  Z87M Gaming. Produced on Intel’s latest chipset for the LGA1150 platform. Lets get on with the testing and see whether this first foray into the MATX gaming motherboard scene is worth of carrying the Gaming moniker and branding that we have come to associate with a lot of MSI’s top products, but first a little something from MSI about the Z87M Gaming.

What MSI have to say about the Z87M Gaming;

MSI, one of the world leaders in main boards, debuts its first Intel 8-chip set based mATX GAMING motherboards-Z87M GAMING. Inherited with the outstanding DNA of MSI’s GAMING product family, the new mATX GAMING features a Killer network, Audio Boost sound enhancement technology, and a whole new software and hardware design for enhanced product performance. The sound effect circuit is specifically isolated from other motherboards components for purer sounds with reduced noises. The USB audio power design which powers the USB port independently offers more stable power and audio signals. MSI’s Z87M GAMING enriches compact game hosts with more diversified and flexible application potentials and options.


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