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The MSI H170A GAMING PRO ATX Motherboard lets you build a system with a 6th-generation Skylake Intel processor and comes with Mystic Lights, offering nine colors and seven effects to personalize the inside of your case. With four DIMM slots, it can support up to 64GB of DDR4 2133 MHz memory modules. MSI has outfitted this motherboard with two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots so you can install two dedicated graphics cards and link them using AMD CrossFire technology. In addition, it supports integrated Intel HD graphics, which delivers visuals through the HDMI and DVI-D ports.
This motherboard sports six SATA connectors along with an SATA Express port that utilizes the PCIe lanes to offer a bandwidth of 16 Gb/s for your SSDs. To connect with external devices, it is equipped with two USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 3.1 Type-A ports with a speed of 10 Gb/s. If you need additional ports, it provides USB headers as well as two PCIe 3.0 x1 and three PCI slots to hold expansion cards. For audio, it has five OFC audio jacks as well as an optical S/PDIF connector. Other features include an Intel Gigabit Ethernet jack and a PS/2 combo port.
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.
MSI has equipped a Mystic Light strip on the edge of this motherboard to help match your case's design. The strip offers nine colors and seven effects that enhance the colors. You can adjust the color and effects using the included GAMING app.
Intel i219 LAN Controller
The Intel i219 LAN controller offers Gigabit Ethernet speeds and is suitable for online as well as LAN eSports gameplay. It reduces the CPU overhead by offering high TCP and UDP throughput. To optimize networking traffic with lowest latency, 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.
Audio Boost 3
With premium audio components and Nahimic Sound technology, this motherboard offers studio grade sound by delivering clear sound and music through 8-channel HD audio or high impendence headphones. This motherboard comes with golden audio jacks, Chemi-Con audio capacitors, separated audio layers, anti-popcorn noise technologies, and dual headphone amplifiers as well as an isolated audio PCB, an EMI-shielded HD audio processor, and a front dedicated headphone out connector.
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 launch your favorite games, load overclocking profiles or perform real-time overclocking with the push of a single button. It provides MSI Smart keys so you can log in with one key press.
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.
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
Two USB 3.0 Headers
This motherboard comes with a USB 3.0 header 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 header comes built with protective ICs that prevent damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) from plugging or unplugging USB devices.
SATA Express utilizes the PCI Express lanes to support fast SSDs with a bandwidth of up to 16 Gb/s.
This motherboard has built-in protection that prevents overcurrent and short-circuits of the CPU and other components. A red LED near the 24-pin CPU power connector lets you know that overcurrent protection is activated for easier troubleshooting.
EZ Debug LED
The EZ Debug LED features three LED lights to indicate CPU, memory, and VGA operation when you boot up your system. These lights help you determine which part needs replacement when the system does not function properly.
Military Class 5 Components
This motherboard uses high quality components such as a Titanium Choke and a DrMOS mosfet along with Hi-c CAPs and Dark CAPs.
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
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 also protected the I/O ports against Electro Static Discharge. In addition, the motherboard meets FCC regulations and produces less Electromagnetic Interference than other motherboards.
AMD CrossFire Support
Multiple PCIe x16 slots are available to support a CrossFire setup. With MSI VGA Armor, 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.
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.
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 H170 GAMING PRO ATX Motherboard
Drivers and Utilities Disc
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 LGA1151
Intel H170 Chipset
4 x DDR4 memory slots support up to 64 GB Supports DDR4 2133 MHz Dual channel memory architecture Supports ECC, un-buffered memory Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots 3 x PCI slots
1 x HDMI port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz, 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz 1 x DVI-D port, supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz Supports 2-Way AMD CrossFire technology
Intel H170 Express Chipset 6 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports 1 x SATA Express port (PCIe 3.0 x2) Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10 Supports Intel Smart Response Technology for Intel Core processors
Intel H170 Chipset 6 x USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed USB) (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connector) 4 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset 2 x USB 3.1 (SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps) ports on the back panel
Realtek ALC1150 Codec 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio Supports S/PDIF output
1 x Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN controller
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 1 x SATA Express connector 1 x USB 2.0 connector (supports additional 2 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 1 x Serial port connector 1 x Parallel port connector
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port 2 x USB 2.0 ports 1 x DVI-D port 2 x USB 3.1 ports 4 x USB 3.0 ports 1 x HDMI port 1 x LAN (RJ45) port 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector 5 x OFC audio jacks
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 that records your motherboard specifications. 1 x 128 Mb flash UEFI AMI BIOS ACPI 5.0, PnP 1.0a, SM BIOS 2.8 Multi-language