MSI Z170A Krait Gaming Review & Specifications

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming LGA1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX

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Refer the Compatibility guide below before buying
Chipset: Intel Z170 Express
Memory: 4x DDR4-3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
Slots: 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (run at x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4), 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots, 1x PCI Slot

Specs Overview

Model Z170A KRAIT GAMING
Release Date August 2015
Series MSI Gaming
Socket LGA1151
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z170
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz 3600Mhz
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels 7.1 Channels
LAN Chipset Intel I219-V
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Onboard USB 3.0
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 4
SATA Express Ports 1
M.2 Ports 0
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB

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CPU

• Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ 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.
 


Chipset

• 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
- ECC UDIMM memory (non-ECC mode)
• Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support depends on the individual CPU physical characteristics
* Please refer to Compatibility reports for more information of compatible memory.
 


Slots

• 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4 modes)
• 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
• 1 x PCI slot

 

 
Onboard Graphics


• 1 x HDMI™ port, support a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz, 2560x1600@60Hz
- Support for HDMI™ 1.4 version.
• 1 x DVI-D port, support a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
 

 
Multi-GPU Support


• Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
• Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
 


Storage

• Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
• 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports* (2 ports reserved for SATA Express port)
• 1 x M.2 Key M Socket supports type 2280/2260/2242 storage devices in both PCIE Gen3 x4 & SATA mode*
- 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**
- 1 x SATAe port (PCIe 3.0 x2)***
- Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors

* SATA5 and SATA6 ports will be unavailable when installing the M.2 module in M.2 slot.
** The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately.
*** SATAe port is backward compatible with SATA. SATA and SATAe ports maximum support 6x SATAs or 1x SATAe + 4x SATAs.


RAID

• Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
- Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
 


USB

 ASMedia® ASM1142 Chipset
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) ports on the back panel

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

 


Audio

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

 
LAN 

• 1 x Intel® I219-V 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 ports reserved for SATA Express port)
- 1 x SATAe connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 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
 

 
Back Panel I/O Ports

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


BIOS

• 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. 
 


Dimension

• 12 in. x 9.25 in. (30.5 cm x 23.4 cm)
• ATX Form Factor
 


Mounting

• 6 mounting holes

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