Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming

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Pangoly Score - 92
Brand MSI GIGABYTE
Model Z170A KRAIT GAMING GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE
Release Date August 2015 May 2014
TDP 70 Watts 70 Watts
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Pros -
  • Plenty of overclocking features
  • Very good onboard audio
  • Killer NIC
  • SATA Express support
Cons -
  • No M.2 connector
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 3300Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1150 Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels 7.1 Channels 7.1 Channels
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 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

"There are many things to like about the Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force.The first of the orange Gigabyte OC motherboards was the X58, which feels like a lifetime ago now. It was a stripped down, no messing, 100% pure bread overclocking machine. Later models,... "

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Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE. 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.
  • +32GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE:

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