Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs ASUS Z97-A

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming

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ASUS Z97-A

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Pangoly Score - 89
Brand MSI ASUS
Model Z170A KRAIT GAMING Z97-A
Release Date August 2015 May 2014
TDP 70 Watts 70 Watts
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Pros -
  • Clean layout
  • Solid performance
  • Intel LAN controller
Cons -
  • Poor onboard audio
Series MSI Gaming -
Socket LGA1151 LGA1150
Form factor ATX ATX
Chipset Intel Z170 Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz 3600Mhz
DDR3:
1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1800Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2500Mhz 2600Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 2933Mhz 3000Mhz 3100Mhz 3200Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1150 Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels 7.1 Channels 8 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 0
M.2 Ports 0 1
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

"As always when we're looking at a new range of hardware there is a awkward early period where the amount of available comparisons is extremely limited. Reviewing things in a vacuum is difficult for both us as your favourite hardware review site, and... "

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Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs ASUS Z97-A. 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 15 months later.
  • Supports NVIDIA SLI.
  • Supports AMD CrossFire.
  • +1 Ports SATA Express.
  • +32GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the ASUS Z97-A:

  • +1 Ports M.2.
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