MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming Review
It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to call your product the Godlike and expect to get away with it. We know that in a lot of countries that much confidence is seen as a positive, but it is engrained in the British psyche to be understated and that anyone who acts like a braggart is setting themselves up for mockery at the slightest failure.
Fortunately for you we're above such gutter level journalism, and fortunately for MSI the Z370 Godlike Gaming lives up to its name.
Aesthetics are a matter of personal preference but we think that the Godlike looks spectacular. The combination of vivid lighting spread around the board and way that the heatsinks are designed to cover an awful lot of the PCB really catch the eye. The decision to go with a dark matte grey instead of black helps them stand out too inside your case. Couple this to the always attractive steel reinforcement on the PCI Express and DIMM slots, the M.2 heatspreaders and the placement of the various fan headers, AIO header and Game Boost buttons and the MSI Z370 Godlike Gaming is up there amongst the most attractive motherboards we've seen.
It isn't only in the looks department that the Godlike is an attractive proposition. The Z370 chipset comes with a huge amount of technologies built in, but MSI have enhanced these with the triple Gigabit LAN ports and near endless supply of USB options. USB 3.1 only appeared in the last generation and usually consisted of a single Type-C and a single Type-A. One generation along and the Godlike has - total front and rear - two Type-C, ten Type-A and one Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 2. That's before we even get to the six total USB 2.0 ports. You could own a wheel and pedals, HOTAS with rudder, game pad, TrackIR, USB headset and speakers and still have more than enough left over for external storage or whatever takes your fancy. Storage is equally fulsome with three M.2 slots, a U.2 and six SATA 3 ports. If you're the type of person who constantly bemoans the lack of places to plug stuff in then the MSI Godlike has you covered and then some.
Performance was generally excellent. As you have seen from our results all three of the Z370 motherboards that we've tested so far can push our i7-8700K to the 5GHz mark and usually with some speedy memory performance too. The results are relentlessly consistent in every benchmark. Occasionally the Godlike slipped a little behind where you might expect it to be from knowing the clock speed and we're pretty sure that it has something to do with the VRM temperatures climbing and the CPU throttling slightly in the longer runs. If you're planning on using the MSI Z370 Godlike, and why wouldn't you, then we recommend paying a little extra attention to the airflow across the top heatsink and you'll be golden. Certainly in the tests that don't rag the hell out of the CPU for long periods the results show that it's more than capable of blowing your socks off. The only real issue is that £530 price tag is just, well. Way to high for what you get in the real world.