Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs GIGABYTE GA-Z97N-Gaming 5

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming

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GIGABYTE GA-Z97N-Gaming 5

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Pangoly Score - 87
Brand MSI GIGABYTE
Model Z170A KRAIT GAMING GA-Z97N-Gaming 5
Release Date August 2015 July 2014
TDP 70 Watts 30 Watts
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Pros -
  • Full ATX-level performance
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Very good onboard audio
  • Killer NIC
Cons -
  • No M.2 support
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 1800Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2500Mhz 2600Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 2933Mhz 3000Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1150 -
Audio Channels 7.1 Channels -
LAN Chipset Intel I219-V -
Max LAN Speed 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 5
SATA Express Ports 1 0
M.2 Ports 0 0
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

"Those with more modest needs can get by with Intel's tiny Next Unit of Computing (NUC). Those who need more expansion slots can default to micro-ATX. But if you're the kind of person whose only required add-in board is a beefy GPU, as many are, chances..."

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Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs GIGABYTE GA-Z97N-Gaming 5. 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 12 months later.
  • Supports NVIDIA SLI.
  • Supports AMD CrossFire.
  • +1 Ports SATA Express.
  • +2 RAM slots.
  • +48GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the GIGABYTE GA-Z97N-Gaming 5:

  • Around 57% lower thermal design power.
  • +1 Ports SATA 6Gb/s.
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