Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs Z97 GUARD-PRO

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming

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MSI Z97 GUARD-PRO

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Pangoly Score - 83
Brand MSI MSI
Model Z170A KRAIT GAMING Z97 GUARD-PRO
Release Date August 2015 May 2014
TDP 70 Watts 70 Watts
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Pros -
  • Good overclocking for a low cost motherboard
  • M.2 Support
Cons -
  • No HDMI output
  • Mediocre onboard audio
  • Realtek NIC
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:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2600Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3100Mhz 3200Mhz 3300Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1150 Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels 7.1 Channels 8 Channels
LAN Chipset Intel I219-V Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support Yes No
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 6
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

"When the Intel Z97 Chipset made its debut earlier this year, most of the attention was in favour of the mid ranged to high-end motherboards. The lower end entry boards tend to miss out and are often overlooked. Today we'll be looking at a board with a..."

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Compare Motherboards: MSI Z170A Krait Gaming vs Z97 GUARD-PRO. 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.
  • +1 Ports SATA Express.
  • +32GB maximum RAM supported.

Reasons to pick the MSI Z97 GUARD-PRO:

  • +2 Ports SATA 6Gb/s.
  • +1 Ports M.2.
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