Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs FM2-A85XMA-E35

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming

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MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35

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Pangoly Score - 79
Brand MSI MSI
Model Z170A KRAIT GAMING FM2-A85XMA-E35
Release Date August 2015 -
TDP 70 Watts 60 Watts
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Pros -
  • HDMI output
  • USB 3.0
  • Overclock capabilities
Cons -
  • Only 2x DDR3 slots
Series MSI Gaming -
Socket LGA1151 FM2
Form factor ATX Micro ATX
Chipset Intel Z170 AMD A85X
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz 3600Mhz
DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2133Mhz
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 6
SATA Express Ports 1 0
M.2 Ports 0 0
mSATA Slots 0 0
RAM Slots 4 2
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

"The MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35 is a relatively full-featured MicroATX board for Richland-generation and earlier FM2-compatible AMD processors. It’s strong on legacy support and overall value...."

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Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs FM2-A85XMA-E35. Analyze head-to-head all specifications and features to find out the better Motherboard.

Comparison summary

Reasons to pick the MSI Z170A Krait Gaming:

  • Supports NVIDIA SLI.
  • Supports AMD CrossFire.
  • +1 Ports SATA Express.
  • +2 RAM slots.
  • +32GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35:

  • Around 14% lower thermal design power.
  • +2 Ports SATA 6Gb/s.
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