The Z270 Gaming M6 AC is compatible with Intel LGA 1151 processors and boasts four DDR4 memory slots with a maximum capacity of 64GB. It also has all the bells and whistles you'd expect to find in a high-end gaming motherboard: RGB Mystic Light management tools, multi-GPU support, and "extreme overclocking" capabilities. But the main draw for VR gamers could be the VR accelerator chip meant to offer a more stable VR experience.
The Gaming M6 AC has all the features you expect from a high-end Z270 motherboard. That means support for two-way SLI and three-way Crossfire, a pair of PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, and USB 3.1 ports in both Type-A and Type-C form on the rear panel. The board also includes DisplayPort and HDMI connections for the CPU's integrated graphics, and a whopping 15 USB ports—although eight of those come from internal headers. The Gaming M6's paired PCIe x16 slots are reinforced with MSI's "Steel Armor", and one of the M.2 slots includes MSI's Shield heatsink.
DDR4 Boost -
Through fully isolating the memory circuit design, the DDR4 Boost ensures maximum performance and stability. The technical enhancements of DDR4 Boost allow for more stability at higher memory speeds compared to other brands.
Enjoy the additional boost in gaming performance or when working with large video and photo files. Enable Intel® Extreme Memory Profile with ease using a single option in the BIOS to gain performance and create a perfectly stable system.
Twin TURBO M.2 with M.2 Shield & U.2 -
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely quick loading of applications and games with MSI motherboards. Twin Turbo M.2 delivers PCI-E Gen3 x4 performance with transfer speeds up to 64 Gb/s for the latest SSDs. It also supports the all-new Intel® Optane™ technology. M.2 Shield (patent pending) is a thermal solution, which keeps the M.2 or Optane™ device safe and cool to prevent damage and thermal throttling. M.2 GENIE makes setting up RAID easy by taking less steps, using any M.2 or PCI-E SSD (even when used in a mixed configuration). The Z270 GAMING M6 AC supports the latest storage interface, U.2 as well.
This motherboard is equipped with six fan headers, which support DC or PWM modes, to offer you full fan controls. MSI also includes Total Fan Control software that allows you to take control of your fans and check the system's characteristics in a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up temperature targets, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.
Naturally, the Z270 Gaming M6 AC is intended for overclocking. It includes diagnostic LEDs, as well as MSI's BIOS Flashback feature that lets users re-flash the BIOS without a CPU, memory, or graphics card installed. The M6 AC also officially supports memory overclocking at speeds up to 3800 MT/s when using a Kaby Lake CPU. Regular old analog audio comes courtesy of Realtek's top-tier ALC1220 codec, and the Gigabit Ethernet connection is powered by Killer's newest E2500 controller
After installing an Intel CPU with integrated graphics, it'll be able to deliver up to 4K visuals through the HDMI and DisplayPort outputs. To expand your system's capabilities, it also has three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Other notable features include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Gigabit Ethernet, and Realtek 7.1-channel surround sound audio. There are also plenty of USB ports, including Type-C, to access printers, external storage devices, and other devices.
Unlike most of the rest of the Gaming M range, the M6 AC includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. Both wireless connections are managed by an Intel 8265 chip that supports 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 with EDR support. The wireless chip and two external antennae come on a PCIe card, making it easy to remove if there's no need for it.
It's RGB LED strip helps to transform and synchronize colors in your case to any liking. Simply connect the plug & play strip to the Mystic Light Extension pin header located on MSI motherboards, without the need of external power, and set a color and choose an LED effect to match it with your motherboard and other peripherals RGB LEDs. Use the included double sided 3M tape to place the strip firmly wherever you want inside (or even outside) your chassis.
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