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MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX Intel Motherboard

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MSI just passed an incredible milestone of 3 million global fans in 2015. GAMING is the universal language we shared, and we built a stronger connection with all gamers. More than just pursuing hardware performance, we simulate countless gaming scenarios and gamers behaviors to excite gamers as well as power up your games. We play an active role in the global gaming community by sponsoring more than 15 pro gaming teams, gaming events and eSports tournaments worldwide. MSI is more than just a gaming hardware, we are determined to be the dominant player and put it at the forefront of the gaming industry.

GAME IN STYLE

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.

UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY

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.

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UNIQUE BLACK & WHITE DESIGN

White PCB highlights compliment a unique black & white design, to display when GAMING meets class. Perfect for gamers and case modders who are looking for something different.

DOMINATE THE GAME WITH LOWEST LATENCY

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.

Z170A DEDICATED GAMING LAN WITH INTEL®

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.

GAMING OPTIMIZED BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT

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.

MSI GAMING LAN MANAGER
  • Automatically prioritizes games above other applications
  • Allows you to change applications' traffic priority
  • Allows you to customize you to customize bandwidth for each application
LAN PROTECT

Featuring 15KV anti-surge protection to shield your network from lightning strikes and static electricity, LAN Protect is a LAN connector designed to give you the best networking experience.

STUDIO GRADE SOUND WITH AUDIO BOOST

With Audio Boost 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 6-channel Audio or high impendence headphones and truly dominate the game.

WITH NAHIMIC, ENJOY SOUND THAT PUSHES THE LIMITS OF REALITY

Nahimic sound technology has been approved for its quality and precision in projects undertaken by the military field and the aeronautics industry. It offers immersive virtual 7.1 sound in high definition using exclusive stereo equipment.
Nahimic lifts your gaming experience to a new level, offering you highly sought-after gaming benefits.

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.

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GAMING HOTKEY

Gaming Hotkey enables more functionality using your own keyboard. Simply assign functions or macros 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 key on your keyboard
  • Up to 8 steps macro programming
  • User friendly, easy to use application
  • 1 key load up of your favorite game
  • 1 key overclocking
TOTAL FREEDOM, MAXIMUM EASE

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

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2X FASTER
MSI USB 3.1 GEN 2

Transferring your favorite games, music and movies over USB has never been faster. USB 3.1 Gen2 enables lightning fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s!

Benefits
  • 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

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Type-C with reversible design

Get all the performance benefits from USB 3.1 Gen2 combined with the convenience of the USB Type-C connector. This reversible connector allows for effortless connecting of USB devices.

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FRONT USB 3.1 Gen1

With a cleverly placed USB 3.1 Gen1 front pin header on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 devices directly to the front of your PC Chassis. This way you can easily enjoy fast USB speeds without having to use the hard-to-reach USB ports at the rear.

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FAST STORAGEWITH SATA EXPRESS

SATA Express offers a solution in high speed storage through PCI-Express, providing more bandwidth for the latest generation SSDs up to 10 Gb/s.

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PUSH YOUR SSD HARDER WITH TURBO M.2
Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s using Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is more than 5 times faster than a regular SATA III connection!
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI motherboards.

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M.2 TO TURBO U.2 (optional)

The U.2 Host Card delivers performance up to 32 Gb/s and allows support for next gen 2.5-inch SSDs using the U.2 connector. A redriver chip is added to increase data transfer speed.

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ENHANCED CPU OVERCURRENT PROTECTION

Onboard overcurrent protection prevents overcurrent and short-circuit damage of the CPU and other components. A red LED near the 24 pin CPU power connector let's you know that overcurrent protection is activated for easier troubleshooting.

EASY DIAGNOSTIC

MSI EZ Debug LED is an easy troubleshooting tool built with 3 LEDs to indicate to CPU / Memory / VGA operation every time you boot up your system. Run into trouble? Use the LEDs to easily identify the item causing problems.

STEELSERIES CERTIFIED

Get ready to enjoy the best gaming experience with MSI & SteelSeries!

Enthusiast gaming gear brand SteelSeries has officially approved MSI GAMING motherboards as 'SteelSeries Certified (SSC)'. This certification is based on the performance demands and stability of MSI GAMING motherboards and SteelSeries products. Your SteelSeries headset, mouse and other top quality gaming gear works best on MSI GAMING motherboards.

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GAMING CERTIFIED

Our GAMING motherboards are tested in our gaming lab, internet cafes and together with the world's best eSports players to make sure you get top performance and reliability in the world's most popular games. Through 24-hour on- and offline game testing, MSI ensures the onboard network configuration, audio reception and FPS performance are tested and tuned to perfection for you to enjoy the best possible gameplay experience.

Only the motherboards that pass this test receive the GAMING CERTIFIED status and are considered true MSI® GAMING motherboards.

Z170A MILITARY CLASS 4 COMPONENTS
DARK CHOKE
Dark Choke uses the special core design and allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature with higher capacity and better power efficiency and stability.

SOLID CAP
With their aluminum core design and Japanese made quality, Solid CAPs are made for high-end design motherboard. Not only do Solid CAPs could provide lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), but also work firmly for over-10-year.
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HUMIDITY PROTECTION

Reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent “Conductive Anodic Filament”. Untreated PCB's can have 10x higher failure rate.

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HIGH TEMPERATURE PROTECTION
All key components used in MSI motherboards have all passed military testing ensuring stable operation in the haishest environments.

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CIRCUIT PROTECTION

Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers and shielding result in the best circuit protection for our GAMING motherboards.

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ESD PROTECTION


Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.

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EMI PROTECTION


All MSI motherboards comply with strict American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference.

OPTIMIZED FOR MULTIPLE GRAPHICS CARDS
SLI /CrossFire support

This motherboard supports SLI / CrossFire. Optimal PCI-Express slot placement allows for better fitting and airflow.

That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate jumping from your screen when running an NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD CrossFire™ setup.

PREVENT DAMAGE

Worried about damaging the PCI-Express slot or your graphics card because of the weight?
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MSI® VGA ARMOR

Steel Armor has more solder points on the PCB for more strength and protects the PCI-Express signals against electromagnetic interference for a stutter-free gaming experience and higher GPU overclocking.

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THE ALL NEW AWARD-WINNING CLICK BIOS 5

Explore the greatly improved, award-winning CLICK BIOS 5 and use it to tune your system to maximum performance to get the most out of your games. MSI CLICK BIOS 5 is the next generation UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 10.

Control your system in two modes: EZ mode, for the most used settings and functions. Advanced mode for more detailed settings and fine-tuning options to boost your system's performance.

  • Variety of options to boost your game performance
  • Next gen UEFI BIOS with award winning design
  • High-resolution multi language scalable font
  • Easy to use
  • Advanced overclocking
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GAMING DEVICE PORT

MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize its speed. You can customize your mouse' DPI to change accuracy and program macro combinations using the easy to use Mouse Master software to perform multiple commands with just one click.

GAMING BENEFITS
  • More responsive, faster reactions
  • Customizable mouse settings
  • Customizable mouse accuracy (DPI)
  • Program macros for multiple actions in 1 click
  • Smoother gameplay
OBS STREAMING SOFTWARE

Share your gaming achievements with the world! Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is world's most popular open source software for video recording and live streaming. Show your friends your gaming progress live.

OVERCLOCKING MADE EASY

Outperform your competition with the MSI® GAMING APP which allows simultaneous control of both your Motherboard and Graphics Card's overclocking.

Simply select your preferred mode with the click of a button: / Silent / Gaming / OC /

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CPU-Z MSI GAMING EDITION

MSI has worked closely with CPUID to develop this special edition of CPU-Z featuring the famous MSI GAMING dragon. Use CPU-Z to gather information on some of the main devices of your system, such as your CPU speed, Memory speed and timings, motherboard BIOS version and much more.

SSD NOT FAST ENOUGH? TRY MSI RAMDISK!

Get an unlimited RAMDisk for free (worth $35) with MSI GAMING motherboards. RAMDisk allows you to create a virtual drive from your system memory, enabling speeds up to 25x faster than a modern SSD. You can load complete games, speed up your browser or your page file significantly increasing system performance! You even increase your SSD's lifespan by using RAMDisk as it reduces unnecessary read and write operations to your SSD.

  • Speed up system performance
  • Speed up games, apps and browser
  • Increase SSD lifespan
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CONNECTIVITY

Be sure to take full advantage of all the GAMING weapons by connecting your devices to the optimized ports.

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  1. Gaming Device Port
  2. USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A
  3. USB 2.0
  4. MSI GAMING LAN
  5. Audio connectors
  6. USB 2.0
  1. DVI Port
  2. USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C
  3. HDMI Port
  4. USB 3.1 Gen1
  5. Optical S/PDIF Out

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great performances and solid build

Pros: - Flexibility of features included
- Great performance
- Loads of connections and features
- I do love the color chosen for this motherboards

Cons: - I was never able (and I did try with a professional) to install my existing Win7 license on this build (perhaps, we missed something), but we were never able to install it. I HAD to buy a Win10 license for it. :(

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
RMA'ed this board 2 times and still not working

Pros: Love the Black and White. Bios is easy to work with.

Cons: I have had to RMA this board twice and about to do it a third time. Not sure why I have the problems I am having but I know its not right.

Overall Review: I hate to look on this site and read some of the bad reviews of products and I hate the fact that I had to write one my self. I wouldn't recommend this product to people. Not sure I would recommend MSI to people because the RMA process is so lack luster.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
works ok i think

Pros: i like the design
-the placement of the m.2 is awesome in the open not hidden

Cons: -im not sure if the audio port in the back broken or not or due to the fact im using the display port but going to get and audio card any ways so not really a con for me

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
good product, BUT Kaby Lake headache (see Cody O. review)

Pros: after I went through the Kaby Lake headache that Cody O. mentioned (verbatim, down to buying a Skylake Pentium 4 just to flash the BIOS), the motherboard is working fine and I like it.

Cons: IF you want to use Kaby Lake, read the Cody O. review. IF you want to use Kaby Lake be ready for a dead-looking motherboard that won't even POST, that will need the previous generation CPU installed just to flash the BIOS. It cost me 70 bucks more, and I will use the extra Skylake CPU elsewhere (eventually), but it was somewhat irritating to need to buy it and to wait the extra week to build (and especially irritating to think that I might have a faulty component of the 3 to 4 key ones).

Overall Review: I agree that the "short board" form factor is a bit scary - as I was constructing my PC, about 5 to 6 times I went to plug in a PSU cable or something else along the edge that is in the case (opposite the edge with outputs to monitor, sound, ethernet, etc), the board seemed to bend a little bit and I quickly stopped and instead reached down with a 2nd hand to support the motherboard underneath. It caused no problems ultimately, but be ready for a bit of nervousness. Overall I'm satisfied, but it was a ride.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
ZERO ISSUES SO FAR

Pros: -Easy setup. Everything booted up on first attempt.
-XMP automatically enabled my GSKill Trident XMP profile 3200 ram and overclocked it to rated speed.
-Bios pretty easy to overclock your CPU.
-Software included is useful.
-M.2 SSD slot!!!
-Crossfire and SLI support!

Cons: -Manual could be more detailed.
-No MSI sticker for your Case included, What the hell MSI???
-black and white profile mobo, not a whole lot of aftermarket soundcards or GPU's are black and white color scheme.

Overall Review: Running my i5 6600k at stock voltage at 4.5ghz, with a Corsiar H100i watercooler. No issues so far, and setup was a breeze getting my desktop up and running. I would recommend this motherboard to anyone wanting an i5 6600k or i7 6700k to overclock and Fast Ram up to 3200mhz speed.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Great motherboard once working, but can be headache inducing if you want to use a Kaby Lake CPU.

Pros: - Clean and nice looking board.
- Plenty of ports and slots.
- Easy to install and use.

Cons: - The board is slightly narrower than a standard ATX board, so the entire right side of the board is not secured by screws. This
makes the right side unstable and could potentially damage the board is too much pressure was put on that side. It wasn't
that much of an issue for me, but just aware of that.
- This might just be specific to the case I was using or how I installed it, but there was a slight gap between the back IO panel
cover and the panel itself. It isn't much, maybe a few millimeters, but it is enough to make it look a little off. I don't think it will
affect the functionality much, but it just bugged me slightly.
- If you are planning on using a Kaby Lake CPU with this motherboard, then you could run into some issues if you happen to get
a board with an outdated bios version like I did. The first bios version to support Kaby Lake CPUs was released back in
October 2016. I ordered this motherboard about a week before writing this review, so January 2017. I had assumed that the
bios version on the board I ordered would at least be new enough to support Kaby Lake CPUs, but I was mistaken. When I
assembled my PC, nothing showed up on my monitor, and the on-board debug lights did not show any errors, so it took a
considerable amount of debugging to figure out what was wrong. With an out of date bios version, I had several options:
return/replace the motherboard or CPU, bring my PC to a computer repair store to have them update the bios, or use a
temporary Skylake CPU to update the bios. I chose the latter option, but without owning an extra Skylake CPU, I had to order a
$60 Intel G4400 CPU to do that. All in all, it was a lot of work, so be prepared if you plan on using a Kaby Lake CPU.

Overall Review: If the motherboard had come with an up to date bios version, I probably would give this 4 to 4.5 out of 5. This likely won't be an issue for many people, especially as time goes on, but it is a serious consideration for anyone who plans to use a Kaby Lake CPU. However, this hasn't caused me to lose faith in MSI or anything. I never contacted MSI about the issue, but I'm sure they would have helped me get a board with an updated bios version. However, it is an issue that I think they should look into.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Very Nice!

Pros: Works, lots of room, charge protection, nice bios features, super easy one-click OC on my 6600 to 4.4ghz. No bent pins or any problems installing whatsoever

Cons: None

Overall Review: Feel much safer using this than a cheaper motherboard against static charges. Very nice black/white theme.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great value

Pros: Runs my i7 6700K at 4.8ghz stable
All ports are thoughfully placed reducing cable clutter inside the case
Has pretty much all the features for a very affordable price

Cons: First few months of using it, would randomly not turn on about once a week. Stopped happening after a while.

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