|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
MSI Enthuastic Gaming Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A Gaming M5)
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- LGA1151, Supports 6th Generation Intel Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium/ Celeron Processors
- 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 (runs at x16, x8/x8, x8/x8/x4, or x8/x8/x1 modes), 4x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots
- Multi-Graphics: Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX and NVIDIA 2-Way SLI Technology
- SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports (4-ports reserved for SATA Express Port), Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10; 2x SATA Express Ports (PCI-Express 3.0 x2)
- Audio: Realtek ALC1150 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC, Supports S/PDIF Output
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From the manufacturer
OC Engine 2 ‘Sky's the Limit'
OC Engine has been beefed up for MSI Z170 motherboards. This external clock generator gives you even more freedom to achieve the absolute maximum overclock for your setup. OC Engine 2 also offers lower jitter and lower power consumption resulting in even higher stability under extreme conditions.
Heavy Plated Heatsink Design
The Dragon Heatsink, featuring the famous MSI GAMING dragon, confirms you are dealing with a genuine GAMING motherboard. GAMING on the inside, GAMING on the outside. Attention to detail, from red and black look & feel to PCB printing, make the next generation MSI GAMING motherboards stand out once again.
Multi GPU Support
This motherboard supports SLI / CrossFire. Optimal PCI-Express slot placement allows for better fitting and airflow. That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate jumping from your screen when running an NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire setup.
With traditional memory design the memory signals are often distorted by electromagnetic signals from other components, making the system perform slower or become unstable. MSI introduces DDR4 Boost technology with optimized traces and fully isolated memory circuitry. This design ensures the memory signals stay pure for optimal performance and stability.
Audio Boost 3
With Audio Boost 3, powered by Nahimic Sound Technology, we're delivering the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. That way, you can enjoy breathtaking, crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio or high independence headphones and truly dominate the game.
|Z170A Gaming M7||Z170A Gaming M5||Z170A Gaming M3|
|CPU Socket Type||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151|
|Multi-GPU||SLI 2-Way||SLI 2-Way||CFX 2-Way|
|Video Port||3x (PCI-E 3.0)||3x (PCI-E 3.0)||2x (PCI-E)|
|SATA 6GB/s, Express||6/2||6/2||6/2|
|Lan/Wifi||Qualcomm Killer E2400 GB LAN||Qualcomm Killer E2400 GB LAN||Qualcomm Killer E2400 GB LAN|
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|Chipset Type||Intel Z170||Intel Z270||Intel Z270||Intel Z170||Intel H110||Intel Z270|
|Processor (CPU) Model Socket||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151|
|Item Dimensions||9.6 x 12 x 3.7 in||2.68 x 10.36 x 12.92 in||10.63 x 13.78 x 3.11 in||11 x 14 x 4 in||11 x 11 x 2.6 in||10.63 x 13.78 x 3.11 in|
|Item Weight||2.2 lbs||3.45 lbs||3.8 lbs||2.78 lbs||2.05 lbs||3.5 lbs|
|Memory Slots Available||4||4||4||4||2||4|
|Ram Memory Maximum Size||64 GB||64 GB||64 GB||64 GB||32 GB||64 GB|
|Supported Motherboard||ATX||atx||atx||ATX||Micro ATX||atx|
|Total Pci Slots Free||4||—||—||—||—||—|
MSI Z170A GAMING M5 LGA1151/ Intel Z170/ DDR4/ 3-Way CrossFireX & 2-Way SLI/ SATA3&USB3.1/ M.2&SATA Express/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
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Pros: -User Friendly UEFI with a ton of customization and options.
-Awesome and very stable overclocking potential.
-Great layout (fan header locations, M.2 slots, etc.)
-Aesthetically pleasing color scheme.
-MSI Utility Software works wonders.
-RGB Lighting Layout.
Cons: -"RGB" Lighting is very limited. Only a set number of colors are available.
-Fan control within the UEFI is spotty.
-Certain portions of the included manual are very vague.
I built my new Kaby Lake gaming PC using this motherboard just recently. Retired my Ivy Bridge i5 3570K and Z77 platform. So far, in gaming and synthetic benchmarks, it's a significant upgrade.
I have this board paired with an Intel i7 7700K, 32gb Corsair Dominator Platinum SE 3200mhz Memory, EVGA GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid, Corsair H115i, Intel 600p 512gb NVMe Drive. Packaging of the motherboard was superb and included everything needed for the build. Everything plugged in and booted into the UEFI flawless the first time. The nice layout with all the fan headers, M.2 slots, SATA ports, etc. made the build that much easier and pleasant. Driver and software installs were seamless and so far everything plays nice together.
I've got the 7700K clocked currently at 4.7ghz, with voltage set to 1.30. I've noticed though that the voltage does not exceed 1.276 at this clock speed under heavy load so there's definitely some room there to overclock even more. A lot of people are getting 5.0ghz out of these i7's with ease.
Aesthetically, this board looks amazing with the carbon/greyish theme. It definitely fits my other hardware choices beautifully.
My only gripes are the following, but certainly not deal breakers:
-The "RGB" lighting options, while they look amazing with the layout MSI chose, you're very limited in your colors. There's only a set number of choices available. If you're trying to fine tune a certain color in, you won't be able to do it. You can get close though.
-Fan control inside the UEFI. I'll admit, I need to mess with it some more, but some of the options I've fiddled with, resulted in some erratic fan speeds. And yes, I am running all 4pin PWM fans in my build. The other downfall is you can only adjust fan speeds based off CPU temps. No option for GPU. I know this is probably asking a lot, but would be awesome if it was available. I know most BIOS options don't have any control over GPU temps unfortunately.
-Manual that ships with the motherboard was vague at times. This might not be a huge deal for some people. Other people on their first time builds might take issue.
All in all, I highly recommend going with this board if you're in the market for a new Kaby Lake build. I've used Gigabyte for years, and I've recently switched over and used MSI for my last couple PC builds now. Everything has been flawless.
Windows 8.1 and 10 recognize M.2 socket 950 pro; Once windows OS is installed, download and update NVME drivers from Samsung. Using skylake 6700 with G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000) and dual XFX radeoen R9 390.
Before you install OS, go to advanced setting in BIOS and enable option to use only UEFI BOOT. It seemed to help windows 10 not to hang in the final installation screen.
Installation procedure for dual M.2 SSD's in raid 0 mode for MSI MSI Gaming Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM edition motherbaord;
1. Prepare to install windows 10 OS in a bootable flash drive.
2. Google Intel RST raid driver and choose FLOPPY drivers for windows 10/8.1
3. Create a folder "Raid" inside the OS flash drive and place the Intel RST raid floppy drivers.
4. make sure to enable "windows 10 compatibility" in motherboard BIOS settings. Then only you can see both SSD's to enable raid 0 in "integrated peripherals"
5. Once you see both M.2 SSD's change SATA mode to "RAID" and also "enable remapping" for both SSDs.
6. Go back to settings/advanced/intel rapid storage technology and "create a raid volume" and select both drives which makes both to become a single drive.
7. Reboot and proceed with OS installation by selecting F8 to choose OS flash drive.
8. Once you go through the initial steps, windows will show a blank hard drive screen.
9. At this point, choose to load drivers and install the "intel RAID floppy drivers" from the folder in OS flash drive.
10. Now windows should recognize the single SSD raid ) volume and you can complete the installation.
11. dual M.2 SSD's 256 x2 in raid 0 will be faster than a single 512 M.2 and game/map loading times and lags while playing 4K games are nonexistent.
I highly recommend anyone with this motherboard to try raid 0 with dual M.2 SSDs.
Bent pins are common with MSI motherboards. I recommend to closely look for any bent pins with a magnifying glass and flash light before placing the intel CPU in the socket. Many times you can correct the bent pins with a small tool instead of returning the motherboard.
If BIOS/POST screen appears blank when you using a single RAM stick in slot 2, it indicates bent pins. At this time all the MB lights power on normally with a small RAM display jumping through various numbers (22, 55 etc.). Try using a different slot to see if POST screen works. Calling MSI tech support is useless as they tell you to reset BIOS if it doesn't work, return the MB.
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