Compare Motherboards: MSI H170I Pro AC vs Z97 MPOWER

MSI H170I Pro AC

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MSI Z97 MPOWER

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Pangoly Score - 93
Brand MSI MSI
Model H170I PRO AC Z97 MPOWER
Release Date - May 2014
TDP 30 Watts 70 Watts
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Pros -
  • Build quality
  • Great performance
  • Easy overclocking
  • Very good onboard audio
Cons -
  • No SATA Express
Series -
Socket LGA1151 LGA1150
Form factor Mini ITX ATX
Chipset Intel H170 Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz
DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2600Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3100Mhz 3200Mhz 3300Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC887 Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels 7.1 Channels 8 Channels
LAN Chipset Realtek 8111H Intel I218
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support No Yes
CrossFire Support No Yes
RAID Support Yes Yes
Onboard USB 3.0 Yes Yes
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 4 8
SATA Express Ports 0 0
M.2 Ports 1 1
mSATA Slots 0 0
RAM Slots 2 4
Maximum Supported RAM 32GB 32GB
Critic Reviews -

"The question with the Z97 MPower is a similar one to the issues we had between the Maximus VII Ranger and Hero. The Hero was more expensive but did offer an illuminated chipset and audio section and some uprated components. However, the latter..."

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Compare Motherboards: MSI H170I Pro AC vs Z97 MPOWER. Analyze head-to-head all specifications and features to find out the better Motherboard.

Comparison summary

Reasons to pick the MSI H170I Pro AC:

  • Around 57% lower thermal design power.

Reasons to pick the MSI Z97 MPOWER:

  • Supports NVIDIA SLI.
  • Supports AMD CrossFire.
  • +4 Ports SATA 6Gb/s.
  • +2 RAM slots.
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