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MSI Z87M Gaming mATX Motherboard Review

Performance of the onboard audio solution is an important factor for modern motherboards. We use RightMark Audio Analyzer to analyse the performance of the motherboard’s onboard audio solution.

A sampling mode of 24-bit, 192 kHz was tested.


Audio Boost consists of a Realtek ALC1150 audio codec which sends the raw signal through a Texas Instruments OPA1652 operational amplifier and a series of audio capacitors before outputting it to the audio jacks. The process takes place on an isolated circuit which helps to reduce signal interference. Sound Blaster Cinema is also supported by the Z87M Gaming.

According to RightMark Audio Analyzer, the overall performance of MSI’s Audio Boost configuration on the Z87M Gaming motherboard is Very Good. MSI’s audio solution seems to be one of the better configurations that we have tested, narrowly beating out the result presented by ASRock’s Fatal1ty Z87 Killer along the way.

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