MSI Z170A GAMING M3 Review & Specifications

MSI Z170A GAMING M3 Socket 1151 Z170 DDR4 M.2 USB 3.1 Type-C


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Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
Supports DDR4-3600+(OC) Memory
DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
USB 3.1 Gen2 2X FASTER: USB 3.1 Gen2 offers performance twice as fast as a regular USB 3.0 connection
Turbo M.2 32Gb/s + Turbo U.2 ready + USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A + SATA 6Gb/s
GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Killer™: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency
Audio Boost 3: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality
Nahimic Audio Enhancer: Immersive sound quality that pushes the limits of reality
Game Boost: This one goes up to eleven; generate more FPS in games with 1 push of a button
GAMING Hotkey: Launch your favorite games with a single button
OBS Streaming software: Share your gaming achievements with the world!
SteelSeries Certified: Optimized for SteelSeries gaming gear
Military Class 5: The latest evolution in high quality components featuring the brand new Titanium Chokes
MULTI-GPU with VGA Armor: VGA Armor PCI-E slots. Supports AMD Crossfire™
Click BIOS 5: Award-winning brand new Click BIOS 5 with high resolution scalable font
GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game testing by eSports players for the best gaming experience

Specs Overview

  • Z170A GAMING M3
  • 7978-001R
Release Date September 2015
Socket LGA1151
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z170
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Onboard USB 3.0
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 2
SATA Express Ports 2
M.2 Ports 1
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB

Score Pangoly



• Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core&trade i3/i5/i7 processors, and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors for Socket LGA1151
* Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.


• Intel® Z170 Express Chipset

Main Memory

• 4 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 64GB
- Supports DDR4 3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz*
• Dual channel memory architecture
• Supports ECC, un-buffered memory
• Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)



• 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots*
• 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
• 3 x PCI slots
* The PCI_E4 slot will only run PCIe 3.0 x1 speed when the PCI_E1 or PCI_E3 slot is installed a device.

Onboard Graphics

• 1 x HDMI™ port, supports a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz, 2560x1600@60Hz
• 1 x DVI-D port, supports a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz


• Supports 2-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology


Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
• 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
• 1 x M.2 slot
- Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s standards, 4.2cm/ 6cm/ 8cm length M.2 SSD cards
- Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Mini-SAS SSD with Turbo U.2 Host Card (optional)*

• 2 x  SATAe port
• Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 
• Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors.

* The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately.
** SATAe port is backward compatible with SATA.


• Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) ports on the back panel
- 6 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connector)
- 4 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connectors) 


• Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
- Supports S/PDIF output


• 1 x Killer™ E2400 Gigabit LAN controller

Internal I/O Connectors

- 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
- 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 2 x SATAe connectors 
- 1 x USB 2.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
- 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
- 3 x 4-pin system fan connectors
- 1 x Front panel audio connector
- 2 x Front panel connectors
- 1 x TPM module connector
- 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
- 1 x Serial port connector
- 1 x Parallel port connector
- 1 x Slow mode switch

Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports 
- 1 x DVI-D port
- 1 x HDMI™ port
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
- 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
- 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
- 5 x OFC audio jacks


• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications. 


• 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.4 cm x 24.4 cm)
• ATX Form Factor


• 9 mounting holes

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