Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming

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ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac

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Pangoly Score - 88
Brand MSI ASRock
Model Z170A KRAIT GAMING Z97E-ITX/ac
Release Date August 2015 May 2014
TDP 70 Watts 30 Watts
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Pros -
  • Full ATX-level performance
  • Support for M.2 storage (on back of board)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Very good onboard audio
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Series MSI Gaming -
Socket LGA1151 LGA1150
Form factor ATX Mini ITX
Chipset Intel Z170 Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz 3600Mhz
DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2800Mhz 2933Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1150 Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels 7.1 Channels 7.1 Channels
LAN Chipset Intel I219-V Intel I218V
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support Yes No
CrossFire Support Yes No
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 0 1
mSATA Slots 0 0
RAM Slots 4 2
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB 16GB
Critic Reviews

"After spending a bit of time with the MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING, the only black and white motherboard on the Z170 platform; what do I think of it and is it something I'd recommend? Let's conclude the review by analysing the product performance, as well as..."

by Play3r

"So now that we have had a look at the ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac motherboard and have put it through its paces on the test bench, what is my final verdict on what looks to be a great option at a great price for those looking to build a small form factor system? ..."

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Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac. Analyze head-to-head all specifications and features to find out the better Motherboard.

Comparison summary

Reasons to pick the MSI Z170A Krait Gaming:

  • Newer Product, it was released around 14 months later.
  • Supports NVIDIA SLI.
  • Supports AMD CrossFire.
  • +2 RAM slots.
  • +48GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac:

  • Around 57% lower thermal design power.
  • +1 Ports M.2.
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