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MSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 20, 2017 6:07 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: MSI

Here are key points about the MKSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING.

 

What's Hot

 

High-Performance VRM: High-performance VRMs are like high-performance cars, and the MSI Z370 GODLIKE GAMING has a high-performance VRM. While you can optimize it for power savings, why bother? It's designed to perform at its best at all times and uses top-of-the-line power stages (60A IR3555) and a very nice digital PWM. The LLC performance was also very good, and I had no issues with requiring more voltage or compensating for vdroop.

 

 

Killer xTend: Killer xTend is an awesome feature, and I know many people who would greatly benefit from it. Imagine you live in a home where the WIFI router that connects to your modem is in the basement, and you are upstairs with a NAS, an Xbox, and a printer. You want to network all three of them as well as your computer, but you will need to buy extra hardware, except now you don't need the extra router/access point because you have xTend. Killer xTend will allow you to connect to your basement router with the motherboard's WIFI controller, and extend that connection to the three other devices through the three Gbit NICs on the motherboard. That isn't where things stop either; the WIFI controller will also act as a WIFI range booster using the built-in signal amplifiers in the Killer 1535 Wireless AC card. You are not limited on how you connect to your basement router (so you can connect to it through a wire rather than through wireless means), and you can use Killer's software to prioritize your computer's bandwidth over the bandwidth of the connected devices.

 

Stellar Audio Setup: Addition of a second ALC1220 codec for two separate audio streams (rear IO and front header); check. Addition of an ESS SABRE DAC; check. Addition of an ESS SABRE headphone amplifier; check. Addition of a 6.3mm headphone jack, WIMA film capacitors, Nippon Chemicon gold audio capacitors, and physical PCB divide; check. The audio setup on the motherboard is the most intense I have seen on a Z370 motherboard thus far.

 

Fan Craze: The motherboard has ten hybrid DC/PWM mode fan headers, that's a lot. It also has two external temperature probe headers, and MSI includes two temperature probes. By all accounts, it's one of the most loaded Z370 motherboards.

 

What's Not

 

Super Pricey: The Z370 GODLIKE GAMING is the most expensive Z370 motherboard on the market by $210, yes, $210 over the next runner-up.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Killer's xTend technology was actually pictured on the prototype of the Z270 GODLIKE GAMING that never launched, and I assume that MSI decided to wait for the new CPUs to pair up with the new technology. Killer's xTend technology and the heavily upgraded audio section of the motherboard are the two main reasons the motherboard costs as much as it does. The motherboard also offers a ton of overclocking features, a solid UEFI, and excellent quality. We find re-drivers all over the place to ensure excellent USB signal quality, and MSI has added a lot of hardware monitoring and fan control technology to ensure you never need to buy an external fan controller.

 

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When it comes to RGB lighting, I appreciate that MSI includes a digital RGB (JRainbow) strip so you can mess with the new motherboard technology. The Z370 GODLIKE GAMING is the most high-end Coffee Lake motherboard you can currently buy, and it does have a lot to offer over the significantly less expensive competition.

 

If you are looking for the platinum-plated Swiss Army Knife of Z370 motherboards, give the Z370 GODLIKE GAMING a look.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance95%
Quality94%
Features97%
Value80%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: MSI's Z370 GODLIKE GAMING might cost more than the CPUs it supports, but it offers unique technologies you won't find on any other Z370 motherboard and excellent quality in and out.

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