Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon vs GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-GAMING 5

MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon

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Pangoly Score - 91
Brand MSI GIGABYTE
Model Z170A GAMING PRO CARBON GA-Z97X-GAMING 5
Release Date - May 2014
TDP 70 Watts 70 Watts
Price history - -
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Pros -
  • Solid performance
  • M.2 and SATA Express support
  • Killer NIC
  • Very good onboard audio
Cons -
  • None
Series - G1 Gaming
Socket LGA1151 LGA1150
Form factor ATX ATX
Chipset Intel Z170 Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz 3600Mhz
DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1800Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2500Mhz 2600Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 2933Mhz 3000Mhz 3100Mhz 3200Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1150 Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels 7.1 Channels 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
LAN Chipset Intel I219-V Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support Yes Yes
CrossFire Support Yes Yes
RAID Support Yes Yes
Onboard USB 3.0 Yes Yes
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 4 4
SATA Express Ports 1 1
M.2 Ports 1 1
mSATA Slots 0 0
RAM Slots 4 4
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB 32GB
Critic Reviews

"& conclusion So you trim down a motherboard to make it price competitive and then beef it up again with a nice skin and RGB LEDs. Heck that is actually is working for me :) The Carbon Gaming Pro Z170A has plenty of features for any given PC gamer with..."

"Intel's Z97 chipset can be considered a minor upgrade over the existing Z87, yet it's a chance for partners to spruce up their wares and Gigabyte is taking the opportunity by revamping its G1 Gaming Series product line. For better or for worse, the... "

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Comparison summary

Reasons to pick the MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon:

  • +32GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-GAMING 5:

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