MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK ATX Motherboard

MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK ATX Motherboard

MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK ATX Motherboard

MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK ATX Motherboard

MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK ATX Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel LGA 1151 Socket
  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • Supports 6th-Gen Intel Processors
  • Supports DDR4-3600 (OC) Memory
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x 16 Slots
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 Slots
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual M.2 Slots, SATA Express Connectors
  • USB 3.1 Type-A and USB 3.1 Type-C Ports
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MSI Z170A M9 overview

  • 1Description

Build a system with a 6th-generation Intel processor and up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM with the Z170A Gaming M9 ACK ATX Motherboard from MSI. It comes built with a Killer Wi-Fi adapter that delivers 802.11ac speeds and Bluetooth 4.1 technology. You also receive two USB 3.1 ports, and one of these ports features a Type-C connector. MSI has equipped this motherboard with two 32 Gb/s M.2 slots to support high-speed PCIe M.2 SSDs. In addition to the M.2 slots, this motherboard features three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots along with SLI and CrossFire technologies so you can build a high-powered gaming machine. Moreover, MSI has included overclocking capabilities such as Click BIOS 5, OC Engine 2, and three buttons to adjust the settings for your processor, RAM, and graphics cards.

This motherboard offers an LGA 1151 socket along with four DIMM slots. It comes with six SATA 6 Gb/s and two SATA Express connectors. To enhance the performance of your drives, the Z170 chipset provides various RAID modes for your SATA-based storage drives as well as RAID 0 or RAID 1 for M.2 drives. With Killer DoubleShot Pro, the built-in Killer Gigabit LAN controller works with the Wi-Fi to maximize networking performance for online games. MSI also includes software for your mouse and keyboard to enhance them with macro combinations, which let you run multiple commands with a single click.

MSI has outfitted this motherboard with three USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports as well as a PS/2 combo port. For visuals, it comes with a single HDMI port along with a DisplayPort. To complete the multimedia experience, it's built with a C-Media 122dB 384kHz/32-Bit HD audio processor, ESS SABRE HiFi dedicated DAC, and Nahimic Sound Technology along with other audio components to deliver clear sound and music. It also provides three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots for expansion cards.

DDR4 Technology
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. Moreover, an added XMP LED highlights the active Extreme Memory profile.
Gaming Design
MSI has equipped this motherboard with heatsinks that evenly distribute the heat away from critical components. The heatsinks around the socket can connect to your liquid cooling solution to provide better thermal controls. To strengthen the motherboard, a reactive armor backplate offers additional support for heavy processor coolers and graphics cards. Furthermore, this motherboard features EMI shielding that protects the audio components.
Killer DoubleShot Pro
Killer DoubleShot Pro allows the Killer Gigabit Ethernet controller and the Killer Wi-Fi adapter to work together to give you the fastest speeds. The Killer Network Manage decides which apps run on which connection to optimize gaming traffic. This combination can deliver a maximum output of 1867 Mb/s.
Killer Wireless AC 1535 with ExtremeRange Technology
This Wi-Fi adapter features 802.11ac speeds along with intelligent controls for PCs. It offers Killer's Lag and Latency Reduction technology as well as Killer's ExtremeRange technology to provide better throughput, lower latencies, and longer Wi-Fi ranges. In addition, it comes with Bluetooth 4.1 so you can wirelessly connect Bluetooth-enabled devices such as headsets or mice.
Killer Ethernet E2400
The Killer E2400 Intelligent Networking platform features Stream Detect 2.0, which is built for maximizing networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. The Killer LAN automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance. The MSI Gaming LAN manager lets you change the application's traffic priority and customize the bandwidth for each application. Featuring 15K V anti-surge protection, LAN Protect is a LAN connector designed to shield your network from lightning strikes and static electricity. It's highlighted with a red LED inside the RJ45 jack to show its functionality. Moreover, it has Killer Shield for smoother uploads and download processes. This protection also offers less pin rate floating, which reassures more fluent game plays.
Studio Grade Sound with Extreme Audio DAC
This motherboard is built with a C-Media 122dB 384kHz/32-Bit HD audio processor, ESS SABRE HiFi dedicated DAC, and Nahimic Sound technology along with other audio components to deliver clear sound and music through 8-channel HD audio or high impendence headphones. It comes with golden audio jacks, Chemi-Con audio capacitors, and triple headphone amplifiers as well as an isolated audio PCB, EMI-shielded HD audio processor, and a front dedicated headphone out connector.
Game Boost
Game Boost provides a one-second overclocking option that can increase the system's performance up to 5 GHz.
Gaming Hotkey
MSI offers you a Gaming Hotkey utility program that enables more functionality using your own keyboard. Simply assign functions or macros to any key and turn your PC on/off, launch your favorite games, load overclocking profiles, or enable real-time overclocking with the push of a single button. It provides MSI Smart keys so you can log in with one key press.
USB 3.1
Faster than SATA III, USB 3.1 allows for speeds up to 10 Gb/s, doubling the speed compared to USB 3.0 and up to 20x faster than legacy USB 2.0. Furthermore, one of these USB 3.1 ports features a Type-C connector that allows for effortless connecting of USB Type-C devices.
  • Up to 2x faster than USB 3.0
  • Up to 20x faster than USB 2.0
  • Up to 10 Gb/s data transfer bandwidth
  • Boost the transfer rate between your PC and external storage devices
USB 3.0 Connectivity
MSI has designed the USB port on this motherboard to deliver more power than regular USB chargers. You can charge a smartphone, tablet, or portable console when you're not gaming. This motherboard comes with two USB 3.0 headers so you can connect your case's front USB 3.0 ports. These ports allow you to enjoy USB speeds without having to use the rear USB ports. The USB 3.0 headers come built with protective ICs that prevent damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) from plugging or unplugging USB devices. They also feature Redrivers that enable you to use longer USB 3.0 cables inside the case.
Storage Expansion
SATA Express offers a bandwidth of up to 16 Gb/s utilizing PCI Express. For faster data transfers, the two Turbo M.2 slots deliver speeds up to 32 Gb/s, which is five times faster than a SATA III connection. With PCI x4 M.2 SSDs, the system will boot up nearly instantaneously and your applications will run faster. MSI has an optional U.2 host card adapter for the M.2 slot, so the motherboard can support 2.5" SSDs using the U.2 connector. Moreover, a Redriver chip is added to the card for increasing the data transfer speed.
OC Engine 2
The OC Engine 2 is an external clock generator that gives you more overclocking options for your setup. It also offers lower jitter and power consumption to provide better stability under extreme conditions.
OC Essentials
OC Essentials is a set of tools that help provide the best performance out of your motherboard. These features increase stability, assist in trouble shooting, and allow you to keep your complete system in check as well as simple management.
  • Easy Button 3 - allows fast and easy reset and power up/power down of your system while overclocking. The buttons light up so you can easily find them in a dark environment
  • V-Check Points 2 Lite - accurately monitors your voltages while overclocking and supports legacy and modern multimeters
  • Debug LED - features a 2-digit LED for easy diagnostics and CPU temperatures
  • Clear CMOS Button - is located on the rear panel so you can reset the BIOS without opening the case
  • Slow Mode - helps defeat booting issues when overclocking at extremely high CPU frequencies. A switch temporary decreases the CPU ratio below stock settings, letting you boot to Windows
Military Class 5 Components
This motherboard uses high quality components such as a Titanium Choke along with Hi-c CAPs and Dark CAPs so your PC runs stable under extreme gaming conditions.
  • Titanium Choke - uses a Titanium core that has a better ability in thermal as well as higher temperature tolerances. This allows it to run at 428°F / 220°C, have a 40% higher current capacity, a 30% improvement in power efficiency, and better overclocking power stability
  • Dark Caps - feature an aluminum core design as well as provide lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) and over a 10-year lifespan
Guard Pro
MSI has provided circuit protection for this motherboard by outfitting it with high quality materials, 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 against Electro Static Discharge. In addition, the motherboard meets FCC regulations and produces less Electromagnetic Interference than other motherboards.
SLI/CrossFire Support
Multiple PCIe x16 slots are available to support a SLI or CrossFire setup. These slots are optimally placed on the motherboard to allow better fitting and airflow. Furthermore, the connection between these slots and the PCB has more reinforced solder points to provide strength and protect the signals against electromagnetic interference.
Click BIOS 5
MSI Click BIOS 5 is optimized for Windows 10. You can control your system in two modes: EZ mode provides frequently used settings and functions, while Advanced mode offers detailed settings and fine-tuning options to boost your system's performance. It's also easy-to-use and has high-resolution multi language scalable fonts as well as advanced overclocking options.
Easy BIOS Recovery
This motherboard lets you upgrade the BIOS using a USB flash drive and a Flashback button or hotkey. You can even use BIOS Flashback+ without inserting the processor, memory, or graphics card.
Gaming Port Features
The PS/2 and USB gaming device ports feature three times more gold than regular connectors and offer ten times longer lifespan when plugging and unplugging devices. They are also better equipped to prevent oxidation.
Software Bundle
MSI Mouse Master software lets you customize your mouse's DPI to change the accuracy and program macro combinations. The MSI Gaming app allows simultaneous control of both your motherboard and graphics card's overclocking. It features a transparent overlay over your application to provide on-screen speeds and temperatures. You can monitor in real time the GPU core, DRAM frequency, GPU & CPU temperatures, and more. Another included app which is similar is CPU-Z, but offers greater details about your system. MSI also gives you RAMDisk so you can create a virtual drive from your system memory. This drive offers speeds up to twenty-five times faster than SSDs. It can also prolong the life of your SSD by reducing unnecessary read and write operations.
In the Box
MSI Z170A Gaming M9 ACK ATX Motherboard
  • Driver and Utilities Disc
  • I/O Shield
  • 6 x SATA Cables
  • SLI Bridge Connector
  • 2 x Antennas
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Module
  • Case Badge
  • Door Hanger
  • Cable Labels
  • Screw Package
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    MSI Z170A M9 specs

    CPU Support Supports 6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors along with Intel Pentium and Celeron processors for Socket LGA1151
    Chipset Intel Z170 Express Chipset
    RAM 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 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
    Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    Slots 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16/x4/x0 or x8/x4/x8 or x8/x1/x8 modes)
    3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
    Display 1 x HDMI port, supports resolutions of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz, 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
    1 x DisplayPort, supports resolutions of 4096 x 2304 @ 24 Hz, 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz, 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz, 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
    Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFire technology
    Supports 2-Way NVIDIA SLI technology
    Storage Intel Z170 Express Chipset
    6 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports (4 ports reserved for SATA Express port)
    2 x M.2 slots, support PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA III standards
    1.7 x 2.4 x 3.1" / 42.0 x 60.0 x 80.0 mm length M.2 SSD cards
    Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Mini-SAS SSD with optional Turbo U.2 Host Card
    2 x SATA Express ports (PCIe 3.0 x2)
    Supports Intel Smart Response Technology for Intel Core processors
    RAID Intel Z170 Express Chipset
    Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
    Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 for M.2 PCIe storage devices
    USB ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset
    1 x USB 3.1 (SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps) port on the back panel
    1 x USB 3.1 Type-C port on the back panel

    Intel Z170 Express Chipset
    6 x USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connector)
    5 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) (3 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
    Audio Cmedia CM6632 codec
    7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
    Supports S/PDIF output
    LAN 1 x Killer E2400 Gigabit LAN controller
    Wireless LAN Killer Wireless 1535 module
    Supports 2x2 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with advanced features
    Supports 20/40 MHz at 2.4 GHz and 20/40/80 MHz at 5 GHz
    Supports Miracast
    Bluetooth Killer Wireless 1535 module
    Supports Bluetooth v4.1
    Internal I/O Connectors 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 x SATAe connectors
    1 x USB 2.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 2.0 ports)
    2 x USB 3.0 connectors (supports additional 4 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 GAME BOOST button
    1 x Power button
    1 x Reset button
    1 x BIOS FLASHBACK+ button
    1 x HOTKEY switch
    1 x Slow mode switch
    1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED
    Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x Clear CMOS button
    1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
    1 x USB 2.0 port
    1 x USB 2.0 port (HOTKEY)
    1 x USB 2.0 port (BIOS FLASHBACK+)
    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI port
    1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port
    1 x USB 3.1 Type-C port
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port
    2 x USB 3.0 ports
    1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
    5 x OFC audio jacks
    BIOS The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
    The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.
    Mounting 9 mounting holes
    Form Factor ATX
    Dimensions 12.0 x 9.6" / 30.5 x 24.4 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.9 x 10.9 x 3.9"

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