MSI Z170 Krait Gaming 3X LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

MSI Z170 Krait Gaming 3X LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

MSI Z170 Krait Gaming 3X LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

MSI Z170 Krait Gaming 3X LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

MSI Z170 Krait Gaming 3X LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • LGA 1151 Socket
  • 4 x Dual-Channel DDR4-3600 (OC)
  • 6 x SATA III, 1 x SATA Express, 1 x M.2
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots
  • 4 x PCIe 3.0 x1 Slots
  • Realtek ALC1150 7.1-Channel HD Codec
  • Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN controller
  • USB 3.1 Type-C & Type-A Connectivity
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MSI Z170 overview

  • 1Description

Built with a USB 3.1 controller, the Z170 Krait Gaming 3X LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard from MSI is designed to fit in cases that support an ATX form factor. This 12.0 x 9.25" motherboard supports 6th Gen Intel Core i7, i5, i3, Pentium, and Celeron processors, the LGA 1151 socket, and the Intel Z170 chipset. The supported operating systems is Microsoft Windows and this motherboard has been optimized for Windows 10.

The ATX form factor of the Z170 Krait Gaming has four DIMM slots that are able to support up to 64GB of non-ECC and unbuffered dual-channel memory, as well as Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules. While select RDIMM modules are supported, they will operate in non-ECC mode. The supported memory speeds are 3600 (OC), 3200 (OC), 3000 (OC), 2800 (OC), 2600 (OC), 2400, and 2133 MHz. There are also a total of six SATA III 6 Gb/s ports, one SATA Express port, and one M.2 slot. Additionally, there are three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and four PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. USB 3.1 connectivity is integrated with one Type-C port and one Type-A port, both of which are on the back panel. The back panel also has two USB 3.0 ports and internally, there are four USB 3.0 ports available through the internal connector. Additionally, USB 2.0 connectivity is provided using four ports on the back panel and four ports that are available through the internal connectors. Using the Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition audio codec, this motherboard can support 8-channel (7 speakers + 1 subwoofer) HD audio.

The Z170 Krait Gaming supports multi-GPUs under using AMD CrossFire technology and NVIDIA SLI technology. MSI has also designed this motherboard with features such as Game Boost, Gaming Hotkeys, ESD protection, EZ Debug LED diagnostics, Military Class 5 components, Click BIOS 5, a gaming device port, streaming software, Dragon Eye, CPU-Z, a RAMDisk, and more. Included with this motherboard is a two month license to WTFast. Protection is provided by a limited 3-year warranty.

Memory Performance & Stability

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

An added XMP LED highlights an active Extreme Memory Profile for the improved memory speed and stability settings

Gaming LAN

Low Latency
MSI Gaming LAN features carefully selected components to help sure an online gaming experience without lag
Dedicated Intel Gaming LAN
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 high TCP and UDP throughput. This way, your CPU can be used more effectively and you can enjoy a higher frame rate when gaming
Optimized Bandwidth Management
Dedicated to giving you an enhanced online gaming experience with optimized traffic prioritization and low latency, MSI's Gaming LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games
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 a reliable networking experience

Audio Boost 3

Nahimic Sound Technology
Nahimic Sound Technology offers immersive virtual 7.1 sound in high definition using stereo equipment
Golden Audio Jacks
Golden audio connectors output a signal with less chance of distortion
EMI Shielded HD Audio Processor
Audio Boost 3 is fueled by an EMI-shielded HD audio processor, helping everyone enjoy pure sound
Isolated Audio PCB with LED Line
Audio Boost 3 acts like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry to provide a clearer audio signal
Chemi-Con Audio Capacitors
These capacitors deliver high fidelity and crystal clear sound with strong acoustics and realism
Dual Headphone Amplifiers
The built-in dual headphone amplifiers reward your headphone with studio-level sound quality up to 600 Ohms
Front Dedicated Headphone Out
The front panel is equipped with audio output that retains high quality amplified sound

Nahimic Audio Enhancer

Sounds That Pushes Limits
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

Game Boost

Overclock your system instantly and generate more fps in games with one 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 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.
  • 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
  • USB 3.1 Type-C & Type-A

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

  • 2x faster than USB 3.1 Gen1
  • 20x faster than USB 2.0
  • Up to 10 Gb/s data transfer bandwidth
  • Boost transfer rate for your PC and peripherals
  • Type-C with Reversible Design & Type-A
    Get all the performance benefits from USB 3.1 combined with the convenience of the USB Type-C connector. This reversible connector allows for effortless connecting of USB devices. There is also a USB 3.1 Type-A connector
    Front USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen1)
    With a USB 3.1 front pin header on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to four USB 3.0 devices directly to the front of your PC chassis. This way, you can enjoy fast USB speeds without having to use the hard-to-reach USB ports at the rear
    Double ESD Protection
    The front USB 3.0 ports on MSI motherboards are protected by a set of protective ICs to help prevent damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) from plugging/unplugging USB devices


    SATA Express
    SATA Express offers a solution in high speed storage through PCI Express, providing more bandwidth for the SSDs up to 10 Gb/s
    Turbo M.2
    Delivering speeds up to 32 Gb/s using PCIe Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is more than 5 times faster than a regular SATA III 6 Gb/s connection. Enjoy a fast system boot up and fast loading of applications and games with MSI motherboards
    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" SSDs using the U.2 connector. A redriver chip is added to increase data transfer speed

    CPU Protection

    Enhanced CPU Overvoltage Protection
    Onboard overvoltage protection helps prevent overvoltage and short-circuit damage of the CPU and other components. A red LED near the 24-pin CPU power connector let you know that overvoltage protection is activated for easier troubleshooting

    EZ Debug LED

    MSI's EZ Debug LED is a troubleshooting tool using 3 LEDs to indicate CPU / Memory / VGA operation every time you boot up your system. Run into trouble? Use the LEDs to easily identify the source of your problem and get back into operation quickly
    SteelSeries Certified
    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
    Gaming Certified
    MSI Gaming motherboards are tested in their gaming lab, Internet cafes, and together with eSports players to make sure you get performance and reliability. Through 24-hour on- and offline game testing, MSI ensures the onboard network configuration, audio reception, and fps performance are tested and tuned for you to enjoy an improved gameplay experience

    Military Class 5 Components

    Titanium Choke
    Titanium Choke uses a titanium core that is better equipped for thermal and higher temperature tolerance. This allows the Titanium Choke to run at a 428°F / 220°C high temperature, have a 40% higher current capacity, a 30% improvement in power efficiency, and better overclocking power stability
    Dark CAP
    With their aluminum core design, Dark CAPs has been a staple in high-end motherboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over 10-year lifespan

    Guard Pro

    Humidity Protection
    A reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent "Conductive Anodic Filament." Untreated PCB's can have up to a 10x higher failure rate
    High Temperature Protection
    All key components used in MSI motherboards have passed military testing ensuring stable operation in the harsh environments
    Circuit Protection
    Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers, and shielding result in the improved circuit protection for MSI Gaming motherboards
    ESD Protection
    Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of electrostatic discharge
    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 immersive graphics at high frame rates when running an NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire setup
    MSI Steel Armor
    Steel Armor has more solder points on the PCB for increased strength and protects the PCI Express signals against electromagnetic interference for a nearly stutter-free gaming experience and higher GPU overclocking
    Click BIOS 5
    Explore the greatly improved CLICK BIOS 5 and use it to increase your system's 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 and Advanced Mode, for more detailed settings and fine-tuning options to boost your system's performance.

  • Variety of options to boost game performance
  • Next gen UEFI BIOS
  • High-resolution multi language scalable font
  • Easy to use
  • Advanced overclocking
  • Gaming Device Port
    MSI's Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize its speed. You can customize your mouse's dpi to change accuracy and program macro combinations using the 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

    Technical Benefits
  • 3x more gold than regular connectors
  • 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
  • Prevents oxidation
  • WTFast
    WTFast is the Gamers Private Network and is like a global automated army of IT specialists who are all working together to optimize gaming connections from end to end. WTFast reports rich connection stats for your online game, so you can see exactly what is happening with your game connection.
  • Built just for MMO gamers
  • Reduce average ping
  • Greatly reduce connection flux, spikes and packet loss
  • MSI Exclusive 2-month premium license
  • OBS Streaming Software
    Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is open source software for video recording and live streaming. Show your friends your gaming progress live

    MSI Gaming App

    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
    On-Screen Speed & Temperatures
    Monitor GPU core, DRAM frequency, GPU & CPU temperatures, and much more in real-time, whether in game or in other full-screen applications, customizable to your preference

    MSI Dragon Eye

    A Different View on Gaming
    MSI Dragon Eye allows you to watch a YouTube video or Twitch Stream while simultaneously playing a game. Simply add a link or stream to the Dragon Eye application and select the size, position, volume, and transparency and start gaming. With a few hotkeys you can start/pause your video or set the volume
    CPU-Z, MSI Gaming Edition
    MSI has worked closely with CPUID to develop this edition of CPU-Z featuring the MSI Gaming dragon. Use CPU-Z to gather key information on the main devices of your system, such as the CPU speed, memory speed and timings, motherboard BIOS version, and much more

    Software 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 and speed up your browser or page file, increasing system performance. You even increase your SSD's lifespan by using RAMDisk as it reduces unnecessary read and write operations to the SSD
    In the Box
    MSI Z170 Krait Gaming 3X LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard
  • Unlimited RAMDisk
  • 2-Month Premium WTFast License
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    MSI Z170 specs

    CPU Supports 6th Gen Intel Core i7, i5, i3, Pentium, and Celeron processors for the LGA 1151 socket
    Chipset Z170 Chipset
    Main Memory 4 x DDR4 memory slots that support up to 64 GB
    - Supports DDR4 3600 (OC), 3200 (OC), 3000 (OC), 2800 (OC), 2600 (OC), 2400, and 2133 MHz
  • Dual-channel memory architecture
  • Supports ECC, un-buffered memory
    - ECC UDIMM memory (non-ECC mode)
  • Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
  • Slots
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4 modes)
  • 4 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
  • Onboard Graphics
  • 1 x HDMI port that supports a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @24 Hz and 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
  • 1 x DVI-D port that supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
  • Multi-GPU Support
  • Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFire Technology
  • Supports 2-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology
  • Storage Intel Z170 Chipset
  • 6 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports* (2 ports reserved for SATA Express)
  • 1 x M.2 slot*
    - Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA III 6 Gb/s standards, 4.2 / 6 / 8cm length M.2 SSD cards
    - Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Mini-SAS SSD with Turbo U.2 Host Card**
  • 1 x SATA Express 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 the M.2 slot
    ** The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately
    *** The SATA Express port is backward compatible with SATA. SATA and SATA Express ports support a maximum of 6 x SATA or 1 x SATA Express + 4 x SATA
  • RAID
  • Intel Z170 Chipset
    - Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 for SATA storage devices
  • USB ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset
    - 1 x USB 3.1 (10 Gb/s) port on the back panel
    - 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port on the back panel
  • Intel Z170 Chipset
    - 6 x USB 3.0 (5 Gb/s) ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 3.0 connectors)
    - 8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)
  • Audio
  • Realtek ALC1150 Codec
    - 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
    - Supports S/PDIF output
  • LAN 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 12V power connector
    - 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 TBT connector
    Back Panel I/O Ports - 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
    - 1 x DVI-D port
    - 1 x HDMI port
    - 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
    - 5 x OFC audio jacks
  • 1 x 128 Mb flash
  • ACPI 5.0, PnP 1.0a, SM BIOS 2.8
  • Multi-language
  • Mounting 6 mounting holes
  • 12.0 x 9.25" / 30.48 x 23.5 cm
  • ATX Form Factor
  • Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.6 x 10.6 x 2.6"

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