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MSI Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A Krait Gaming 3X)

4.6 out of 5 stars
The Z170A Krait Gaming 3X Motherboard allow you to fully customize & personalize your gaming PC to any color you want while delivering top performance for a great gaming experience. Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core / Pentium / Celeron processors for LGA 1151 socket. Supports DDR4-3600+(OC) Memory. DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost. USB 3.1 Gen2 2X FASTER: USB 3.1 Gen2 offers performance twice as fast as a regular USB 3.0 connection.

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Product First Available (2015)

Game in style with the Z170A Krait Gaming 3X Motherboard
Each game demands different skills, each gamer selects, customizes and levels their own gaming character. Why stop there? MSI Performance GAMING Motherboards allow you to fully customize & personalize your gaming PC to any color you want while delivering top performance for a great gaming experience.

With traditional memory design the memory signals are often distorted by electromagnetic signals from other components, making the system perform slower or become unstable. MSI introduces DDR4 Boost technology with optimized traces and fully isolated memory circuitry. This design ensures the memory signals stay pure for optimal performance and stability.

An added XMP LED highlights an active Extreme Memory Profile for the best memory speed and stability setting.

Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI® GAMING LAN, featuring carefully selected components to ensure the best online gaming experience without lag.


Experience a more fluid game with Intel® i219 LAN. Intel® i219 LAN is designed to deliver high performance when gaming, delivering more throughput than other solutions.

Intel® i219 LAN is optimized for championship level online and LAN eSports by reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This way, your CPU can be used more effectively and you can enjoy more FPS when gaming.

Dedicated to giving you the best online gaming experience with optimized traffic prioritization and low latency, MSI GAMING LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games.

• Automatically prioritizes games above other applications.
• Allows you to change applications’ traffic priority.
• Allows you to customize bandwidth for each application.

With Audio Boost 3, powered by Nahimic Sound Technology, we’re delivering the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. That way, you can enjoy breathtaking, crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio or high impendance headphones and truly dominate the game.

Game Boost
Overclock your system instantly and generate more FPS in games with 1 push of a button using Game Boost! You can also easily enable XMP using the XMP button in Click BIOS.

Gaming Hotkey
Gaming Hotkey enables more functionality using your own keyboard. Simply assign functions to any key and launch your favorite games, load overclocking profiles or do real-time overclocking with the push of a single button. The possibilities are endless!

• Customize any shortcut on your keyboard.
• User friendly, easy to use application.
• 1 key load up of your favorite game.

Easily program your most used commands to be executed with a single keystroke. You are free to choose any key you want.

Transfer your favorite games, music and movies over USB faster than ever. USB 3.1 Gen2 enables lightning-fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s!

2X faster than USB 3.1 Gen1.
20X faster than USB 2.0.
Up to 10Gbps data transfer bandwidth.
Boost transfer rate for your PC and peripherals.

Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket.

Supports DDR4-3600+(OC) Memory.
DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost.
USB 3.1 Gen2 2X FASTER: USB 3.1 Gen2 offers performance twice as fast as a regular USB 3.0 connection.
Turbo M.2 32Gb/s + Turbo U.2 ready + USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C + Type-A combo + SATA Express 10 Gb/s.
GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel® : The best online gaming experience with lowest latency.
Audio Boost 3: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality.
Nahimic Audio Enhancer: Immersive sound quality that pushes the limits of reality.
Military Class 5: The latest evolution in high quality components featuring the brand new Titanium Chokes.
Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency.
MULTI-GPU with Steel Armor: Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports NVIDIA SLI™ & AMD Crossfire™.
OBS Streaming software: Share your gaming achievements with the world!
Game Boost: Generate more FPS in games with 1 push of a button.
EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot.
Overvoltage Protection:Prevent Unforeseen Damage.
GAMING Hotkey: Launch your favorite games with a single button.
Click BIOS 5: Award-winning brand new Click BIOS 5 with high resolution scalable font.
SteelSeries Certified: Optimized for SteelSeries gaming gear.
GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game testing by eSports players for the best gaming experience.

The Speed King
The new USB 3.1 allows for speeds up to 10 Gbps, doubling the speed compared to USB 3.0 and 20x faster than legacy USB 2.0. USB 3.1 is even faster than SATAIII! Transferring your favorite music, games and movies over USB has never been faster.

Unqiue Black and White Heatsink Design
Black and white heavy played premium heatsinks will make sure your system stays cool during even the longest gaming sessions. White PCB highlights compliment a unique black and white design, to display when Gaming meets class. Perfect for gamers and case modders who are looking for something cooler.

Click Bios 4
MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with lots of cool features.

Fast Boot
No more seamless waiting for your O/S to be loaded! MSI Fast Boot helps to make your system boot lightning fast. MSI Fast Boot also features a GO2BIOS button. Simply click it to restart your Computer and go straight to the system BIOS.

Military Class 4 Components
Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-c Cap, Super Ferrite Choke and Solid CAPs will make sure that your Computer runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.

CPUSupports 6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, and Intel
Pentium and Celeron processors for Socket LGA1151
ChipsetIntel® Z170 Chipset
Memory• 4x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 64GB
• Supports DDR4 3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz*
• Dual channel memory architecture
• Supports ECC, un-buffered memory
• ECC UDIMM memory (non-ECC mode)
• Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Expansion Slots• 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4
• 4x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
Onboard Graphics• 1x HDMI™ port, support a maximum resolution of
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• 1x DVI-D port, support a maximum resolution of
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Multi-GPU• Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
• Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
StorageIntel® Z170 Chipset
• 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports* (2 ports are compatible with SATAe
• 1x M.2 slot*
• Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s standards, 4.2cm/
6cm/ 8cm length M.2 SSD cards
• Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Mini-SAS SSD with Turbo
U.2 Host Card**
• 1x SATAe port (PCIe 3.0 x2)***
• Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel
Core™ processors
* SATA5 and SATA6 ports will be unavailable when installing the M.2 module
in M.2 slot.
** The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately.
*** SATAe port is backward compatible with SATA. SATA and SATAe ports
maximum support 6x SATAs or 1x SATAe + 4x SATAs.
RAIDIntel® Z170 Chipset
• Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA
storage devices
USB• ASMedia® ASM1142 Chipset
• 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) port on the
back panel
• 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port on the back panel
• Intel® Z170 Chipset
• 6x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (2 ports on the
back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB
3.1 Gen1 connectors)
• 8x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (4 ports on the back
panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 2.0
Audio• Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
• 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
• Supports S/PDIF output
LAN1x Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN controller
Back Panel
• 1x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
• 4x USB 2.0 ports
• 1x DVI-D port
• 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 port
• 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
• 1x HDMI™ port
• 1x LAN (RJ45) port
• 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
• 1x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
• 5x OFC audio jacks
Internal Connectors• 1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
• 1x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
• 6x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
• 1x SATAe connector
• 2x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0
• 2x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors (supports additional 4 USB
3.1 Gen1 ports)
• 2x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
• 3x 4-pin system fan connectors
• 1x Front panel audio connector
• 2x Front panel connectors
• 1x TPM module connector
• 1x Chassis Intrusion connector
• 1x Clear CMOS jumper
• 1x TBT connector
I/O ControllerNUVOTON NCT6793 Controller Chip
Hardware Monitor• CPU/System temperature detection
• CPU/System fan speed detection
• CPU/System fan speed control
Form Factor• ATX Form Factor
• 12 in. x 9.25 in. (30.5 cm x 23.5 cm)
BIOS Features• 1x 128 Mb flash
• ACPI 5.0, PnP 1.0a, SM BIOS 2.8
• Multi-language
GAMING Features
• Isolated Audio PCB
• EMI Shielding
• Dual Headphone Amplifiers
• High Quality Audio Capacitors
• Golden Audio Connectors
• Easy Overclocking
• Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet
• MSI Network Manager
• Electric Wave Surge
• System Mode Switching: OC/Gaming/Silent
• Gaming Hotkey
• Gaming Mouse Master
• Nahimic
• Sound Effect Equalizer
• Microphone Noise Reduction
• HD Audio Recorder
• Open Broadcaster Software
• Encoding using H264 (x264) and AAC.
• Support for Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) and NVENC.
• Unlimited number of scenes and sources.
• Live RTMP streaming to Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion,
Hitbox and more.
MSI Exclusive
• EZ Mode & Advanced Mode Switching
• Board Explorer
• Hardware Monitor
• Military Class Component
• Military Class Stability and Reliability
ESD Protection
EMI Protection
Humidity Protection
Circuit Protection
High Temperature Protection
Steel Armor PCIe Slots
VGA Armor Slot
• System Monitor
• Smart Fan Control
• EZ Debug LED
• DDR4 Boost Support
• Dual-Channel DDR4 Memory Support
• Isolated DDR4 Circuit Design
• DDR4 XMP Ready
• PCI Express 3.0 Support
• 2-Way Nvidia SLITM Support
• 3-Way AMD CrossFireTM Support
• USB 3.1 Gen2 Ready
• USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gb/s) Type-A Ready
• USB 3.1 Gen2 (10 Gb/s) Type-C Ready
• Turbo M.2 Ready
• PCIe 3.0 x4 (32 Gb/s) Support
• PCIe / SATA Dual Mode Support
• SATA Express Support
• NVMe / AHCI Driver Support
• U.2 Support (Optional)

[ Product Review ]
The MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X Motherboard is a great choice for gamers. It has plenty of gaming features. Gaming LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel offering you a gaming pleasure with the lowest latency. Game Boost generates extra FPS in games with a push of a button, Gaming Hotkeys. Audio Boost 3 promises your ears studio-grade sound quality and features the Nahimic Audio Enhancer for immersive sound high-quality. Steel Armor PCI-E slots offer extra strength to lessen GPU tear out at some stage in a transport. Support for Nvidia SLI & AMD Crossfire is preferred. Overall it’s an impressive Gaming Motherboard.

[ Pros ]
(1) Comes with a user-friendly BIOS.
(2) Durable and good for high-end gaming builds.
(3) Audio quality.
(4) Gaming Lan
(5) Supports M.2 SSD.

[ Cons ]
(1) No USB active charging ports.
(2) Lack of three screws from the right side of the Motherboard, which makes it harder to stabilize.

[ Rating ]
4.6 out of 5 stars

Questions and Answers :
Q/ Which Software does this Motherboard provides?
• Drivers
• Nahimic Audio
• Open Broadcaster Software
• Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility
• Norton™ Security
• Google Chrome™, Google Toolbar, Google Drive
• SteelSeries Engine 3

Q/ Which Windows does this Motherboard support?
Windows® 10 (64-bit)
Windows® 8.1 (64-bit)
Windows® 7

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