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The MSI Z170A Krait Gaming LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard features an LGA 1151 socket and an Intel Z170 chipset so you can build a Windows system, utilizing the performance of a 6th-generation Intel processor. It lets you overclock your CPU as well as memory and keeps everything running smoothly by coming with heavily plated heatsinks. MSI has outfitted this motherboard with four memory slots that can support up to 64GB of DDR4 memory modules. Six SATA III ports are available to access storage and optical drives. For hi-speed storage devices, it comes with one 10 Gb/s SATA Express port and one M.2 slot with 32 Gb/s transfer rates. There's also an optional adapter that allows it utilize U.2 storage devices.
MSI gives you the option to build a gaming PC with up to three dedicated graphics cards linked with AMD CrossFire or NVIDIA SLI technology. For non-gaming builds, you could use your processor's integrated graphics to deliver high-definition visuals through the motherboard's DVI-D and HDMI ports. To complete the multimedia experience, audio is handled by the built-in Realtek ALC1150 processor. Additionally, this motherboard comes with two headphone amplifiers as well as six audio jacks.
The Z170A Krait Gaming motherboard supports your external peripherals by providing two USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0 ports as well as two USB 3.1 ports that offer 10 Gb/s transfer speeds. Other connections include a PS/2 combo port and an Ethernet port that connects to networks at Gigabit speeds. Furthermore, a single PCI slot and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots allow you to add additional capabilities and ports to this motherboard.
Intel Z170 Chipset
The Z170 chipset is designed to support Intel's 6th-generation of Skylake processors. It delivers RAID support and six SATA III ports so the system can protect and quickly access data. This chipset natively supports up to ten USB 3.0 and fourteen USB 2.0 ports as well as twenty PCIe 3.0 lanes for faster data retrieval.
Intel LGA 1151 Socket
This motherboard supports Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA 1151 package. These processors come with integrated graphics, memory, and PCI-Express controllers to deliver onboard graphics, dual-channel DDR4 memory support, and PCI Express 3.0 lanes for graphics performance.
MSI has designed this motherboard with optimized trace paths and isolated memory circuitry to help ensure the DDR4 memory signals stay pure. In addition, a XMP LED notifies you of an active Extreme Memory profile for the best memory speed with stability.
MSI has provided circuit protection for this motherboard by outfitting it with titanium chokes, Dark capacitors, multiple PCB layers, and shielding. For key components, they have passed military testing to ensure stable operation in a harsh environment. MSI has protected all the I/O ports on this motherboard against electrostatic discharge damage. The Ethernet jack comes with 15KV anti-surge protection that shields your network from lighting strikes and static electricity. In addition, the motherboard meets FCC regulations and produces less electromagnetic interference than other motherboards.
With the increased size and weight of high-end graphics cards, MSI has designed the PCIe slots with reinforced soldered points that help strengthen the connection. A red LED light near the 24-pin power connection lets you know that protection is activated to prevent overvoltage and short-circuit damage of the CPU and other components. If the system does not function properly, three LED lights help you determine if the CPU, memory, or graphics need replacement.
The onboard Intel i219 Ethernet controller is designed to deliver high-performance while gaming. It is optimized for competitive gameplay by reducing the processor's overhead and offering high TCP and UDP throughput.
Audio Boost 3 Sound Technology
With premium audio components, this motherboard offers studio-grade sound by delivering clear sound and music through 8-channel speakers or high impendence headphones. This motherboard comes with six audio jacks, Chemi-Con audio capacitors, and two headphone amplifiers as well as an isolated audio PCB, an EMI-shielded audio processor, and a front headphone-out connector.
Gaming Device Port - supports high-end gaming mice to fully utilize its speed
USB 3.1 Ports - provide data at a rate of up to 10 Gb/s
MSI Gaming LAN Manager - automatically classifies and prioritizes latency-sensitive applications for online gaming
Game Boost - increase the performance of your processor and other components
Gaming Hotkey - assign functions or macros to any key on your keyboard to quickly launch apps or multiple commands
Click BIOS 5 - provides EZ and Advanced modes to help you boost your system's performance
MSI Gaming app - allows simultaneous control of both your motherboard and graphics card's overclocking
CPU-Z - displays CPU speed, Memory speed, timings, motherboard BIOS version, and more
RAMDisk - creates a virtual drive from your system memory
In the Box
MSI Z170A Krait Gaming LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard
Driver and Utilities Disc
SLI Bridge Connector
Limited 3-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
Supports 6th-Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors along with Intel Pentium and Celeron processors for Socket LGA 1151
Intel Z170 Express Chipset
4 x DDR4 memory slots support up to 64 GB Supports DDR4 3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz Dual-channel memory architecture Supports ECC, un-buffered memory Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4 modes) 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots 1 x PCI slot
1 x HDMI port supports a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz and 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz 1 x DVI-D port supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector 1 x 8-pin ATX 12 V power connector 6 x SATA 6 Gb/s connectors (2 ports reserved for SATA Express port) 1 x SATA Express connector (PCIe 3.0 x2) 1 x M.2 slot (compatible with PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA standards, support 4.2cm/ 6cm/ 8cm length SSD cards) 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports) 1 x USB 3.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports) 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors 3 x 4-pin system fan connectors 1 x Front panel audio connector 2 x Front panel connectors 1 x TPM module connector 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port 2 x USB 2.0 ports 1 x DVI-D port 2 x USB 3.1 ports with 10 Gb/s speeds 4 x USB 3.0 ports 1 x HDMI port 1 x Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet port 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector 5 x OFC audio jacks