Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs ASUS Sabertooth Z87

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming

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ASUS Sabertooth Z87

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Pangoly Score - 90
Brand MSI ASUS
Model Z170A KRAIT GAMING
  • SABERTOOTH Z87
  • 90MB0DR0-M0EAY0
Release Date August 2015 October 2016
TDP 70 Watts 70 Watts
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Pros -
  • Intel LAN controller
  • Very good onboard audio
  • Overclock capabilities
  • Thermal armor and thermal management system work great
Cons -
  • Thermal Armour may obstruct some larger CPU heatsinks
  • 35mm motherboard fans can get noisy in AUTO mode
Series MSI Gaming -
Socket LGA1151 LGA1150
Form factor ATX ATX
Chipset Intel Z170 Intel Z87
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz 3600Mhz
DDR3:
1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1150 Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels 7.1 Channels 8 Channels
LAN Chipset Intel I219-V Intel I217-V
Max LAN Speed 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 8
SATA Express Ports 1 0
M.2 Ports 0 0
mSATA Slots 0 0
RAM Slots 4 4
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB 32GB
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

"Would the likes of MSI's yield a slightly higher maximum frequency courtesy of extensive hand tuning by somebody who really knows their overclocking oats? Very likely. If that's you, the MSI is probably the better choice. But for everyone else, the..."

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Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs ASUS Sabertooth Z87. Analyze head-to-head all specifications and features to find out the better Motherboard.

Comparison summary

Reasons to pick the MSI Z170A Krait Gaming:

  • +1 Ports SATA Express.
  • +32GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the ASUS Sabertooth Z87:

  • Newer Product, it was released around 14 months later.
  • +4 Ports SATA 6Gb/s.
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