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MSI Performance Gaming Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A Krait Gaming 3X)
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- LGA1151, Supports 6th Generation Intel Core i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium/ Celeron Processors
- Chipset: Intel Z170
- 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), 4x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots
- SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports (2 ports are compatible with SATA Express Port), Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10; 1x SATA Express Ports (PCI-Express 3.0 x2)
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|970A SLI Krait Edition||Z97S SLI Krait Edition||Z170A Krait Gaming||Z170A Krait Gaming 3X||X99A SLI Krait Edition|
|CPU Socket Type||AM3+||LGA 1150||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 2011|
|Multi-GPU||SLI 2-Way||SLI 3-Way||SLI 2-Way||SLI 2-Way||SLI 3-Way|
|Video Port||2x (PCI-E 2.0)||3x (PCI-E 3.0)||3x (PCI-E 3.0)||3x (PCI-E 3.0)||4x (PCI-E 3.0)|
|SATA 6GB/s, Express||6/0||8/0||4/1||4/1||4/2|
|Lan/Wifi||Qualcomm Killer E2205 GB LAN||RTL8111H GB LAN||Intel I219V GB LAN||Intel I219V GB LAN||Intel I218V GB LAN|
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|Chipset Type||Intel Z170||Intel Z270||Intel Z170||Intel Z270||Intel Z170||Intel Z170|
|Processor (CPU) Model Socket||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151|
|Item Dimensions||9.25 x 12 x 2.5 in||2.68 x 10.36 x 12.92 in||13.47 x 11.97 x 3.43 in||10.63 x 13.78 x 3.11 in||8.9 x 12 x 3.7 in||9.6 x 12 x 3.7 in|
|Item Weight||3.26 lbs||3.45 lbs||3.98 lbs||4 lbs||2.6 lbs||2.05 lbs|
|Memory Slots Available||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Ram Memory Maximum Size||64 GB||64 GB||64 GB||64 GB||64 GB||64 GB|
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MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X LGA1151/ Intel Z170/ DDR4/ 3-Way CrossFireX & 2-Way SLI/ SATA3&USB3.1/ M.2&SATA Express/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard (New Item!)
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I just read six one-star reviews on this board. One had a problem with another vendor that wouldn't have been an issue if he'd paid a couple more bucks and bought it here on Amazon, where he could have returned it easily. Two others were from angry people who didn't read the specs carefully enough to realize that the M.2 slot on the board is for a WiFi card only, not an SSD, which is clearly stated. And another is by someone who says the board reported bad memory - so he blamed the board instead of the memory.
This is a good board. If the specs suit your needs, give it a go.
I added 16gb of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory, a Zotac GTX970 video card with 4gb of GDDR5, an Intel I7-6700 CPU with an Enermax Liquimax II 120s liquid cooler, and two SSD drives, all powered by a EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G power supply. All installed in a Coolermaster N200 Case.
This turned out to be one sweet gaming rig, I've only tried it on a few games but even maxed out the system doesn't loose a beat. The MSI Mortar motherboard is rock solid and I didn't have a single problem setting it up. I really like the new GUI based BIOS, finally a BIOS with full mouse support :) . I haven't tried any of the overclocking utilities that came with the motherboard, I don't see a need as of yet as everything runs plenty fast on it.
I first put in 4x 8GB Kingston HyperX FURY 2666MHz DDR4 RAM modules and a 512 GB Samsung 950 Pro m.2 SSD, followed by the Intel I5-6600K CPU and the Noctua NH-D14 as the cooler. The cooler is so massive that I recommend sticking to that order, the RAM and m.2 slots are difficult to reach afterwards. I connected the two CPU fans via a Y-cable that came with the cooler, because the other CPU cooler port on the mainboard seemed a bit hard to reach. Then I put the mainboard into the Silverstone Tek FT05B case and hooked up the various cables from the case, all of which have at least one counterpart on the mainboard. Initially, the left front USB port of the case didn't work reliably, but after removing the internal connector and putting it back in, everything seems to be working fine. Next, I hooked up the EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2 power supply, followed by the MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G graphics card.
With the Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 I was able to configure the BIOS (including mouse support). Due to USB 3 operating at 2.4 GHz, it's best to connect wireless USB receivers to USB 2 ports, ideally with a USB extension cable in between. I updated the BIOS using an ADATA S102 Pro 32 GB USB 3.0 flash drive to which I had saved a newer firmware version using a different computer. I then installed Windows 10 from a DVD in an external Blu-Ray drive - no need to install any special drivers upfront despite using an m.2 SSD. I'm getting the expected excellent speed out of the SSD (2,527 MB/s read, 1,525 MB/s write). The machine boots reasonably quickly (it takes several seconds for the monitor to show an image, at which point I'm already at the Windows 10 login page, so I'm not sure how fast). The built-in Ethernet port works well, I'm getting > 90 MB/s download speed out of my Comcast connection, slightly more than on any other computer I tried.
The USB 3 ports on the mainboard are compatible with the HTC Vive, even with a 15' USB 3 extension cable and a powered USB 3 hub in between. The Leap Motion cannot be hooked up to the same USB hub as the Vive, but works fine when connected directly to the mainboard. I have yet to find a device that doesn't work with this mainboard.
The only problem I'm currently having is that the computer isn't always shutting down by pressing the power button on the case. I'm not sure yet what the problem is, or whether it has anything to do with the mainboard.
I'm very happy with this mainboard!
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