Z170A KRAIT GAMING

  • 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/li>
  • 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 Express 10 Gb/s
  • GAMING LAN powered by Intel™: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency
  • LAN Protect: 15KV Anti-surge protection
  • Audio Boost 3: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality
  • Military Class 5: The latest evolution in high quality components featuring the brand new Titanium Chokes
  • Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency
  • MULTI-GPU with Steel Armor: Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports NVIDIA SLI™ & AMD Crossfire™
  • OBS Streaming software: Share your gaming achievements with the world!
  • Game Boost: Generate more FPS in games with 1 push of a button
  • EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot 
  • Overcurrent Protection:Prevent Unforeseen Damage
  • GAMING Hotkey: Launch your favorite games with a single button
  • Click BIOS 5: Award-winning brand new Click BIOS 5 with high resolution scalable font
  • SteelSeries Certified: Optimized for SteelSeries gaming gear
  • GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game testing by eSports players for the best gaming experience

 

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GAME IN STYLE

Each game demands different skills, each gamer selects, customizes and levels their own gaming character. Why stop there? MSI Performance GAMING motherboards allow you to fully customize & personalize your gaming PC to any color you want while delivering top performance for a great gaming experience.

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Unmatched memory performance and stability

DDR4 Boost
XMP LED

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.

An added XMP LED highlights an active Extreme Memory Profile for the best memory speed and stability setting.

  • UNIQUE BLACK & WHITE DESIGN

    White PCB highlights compliment a unique black & white design, to display when GAMING meets class. Perfect for gamers and case modders who are looking for something different.

  • DRAGON HEATSINK

    The black & white Dragon Heatsink has been redesigned. Thick white PCB highlight adds class to the design, to show you are dealing with a unique motherboard.

  • BLACK & WHITE HEATSINK DESIGN

    Black & white heavy played premium heatsinks make sure your system stays cool during even the longest gaming sessions.

Gaming LAN

Dominate the game with lowest latency

Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI® GAMING LAN, featuring carefully selected components to ensure the best online gaming experience without lag.

DEDICATED GAMING LAN WITH INTEL®

Experience a more fluid game with Intel® i219 LAN. Intel® i219 LAN is designed to deliver high performance when gaming, delivering more throughput than other solutions.

Intel® i219 LAN is optimized for championship level online and LAN eSports by reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This way, your CPU can be used more effectively and you can enjoy more FPS when gaming.

Gaming optimized bandwith management

Dedicated to giving you the best online gaming experience with optimized traffic prioritization and low latency, MSI GAMING LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games.

MSI GAMING LAN Manager

  • Automatically prioritizes games above other applications
  • Allows you to change applications' traffic priority
  • Allows you to customize bandwidth for each application
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LAN Protect

LAN Protect

Featuring 15KV anti-surge protection to shield your network from lightning strikes and static electricity, LAN Protect is a LAN connector designed to give you the best networking experience.

 

Studio grade sound with AUDIO BOOST 3

With Audio Boost 3, 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 impendence headphones and truly dominate the game.

 
Golden Audio Jacks

Golden Audio Jacks

With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with less chance of distortion.

 
High Quality EMI-Shielded HD Audio Processor

High Quality EMI-Shielded HD Audio Processor

Audio Boost 3 is fueled by a EMI-shielded high quality HD audio processor, making sure you enjoy the purest sound quality.

 
Isolated Audio PCB

Isolated Audio PCB

Audio Boost 3 acts like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry to give you a more clear audio signal.

 
 
Chemi-Con Audio Capacitors

Chemi-Con Audio Capacitors

Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism.

 
Dual Headphone Amplifiers

Dual Headphone Amplifiers

The built-in dual headphone amplifiers rewards your high quality headphone with studio level sound quality up to 600Ω delivered from your gaming PC.

 
Front Dedicated Headphone Out

Front Dedicated Headphone Out

Convenient use of the front panel audio output while retaining high quality amplified sound.

 

GAME BOOST

Overclock your system instantly and generate more FPS in games with 1 push of a button using Game Boost! You can also easily enable XMP using the XMP button in Click BIOS.

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*Features may vary according to your platform and model

GAMING HOTKEY

Gaming Hotkey enables more functionality using your own keyboard. Simply assign functions to any key and launch your favorite games, load overclocking profiles or do real-time overclocking with the push of a single button. The possibilities are endless!

  • Customize any shortcut on your keyboard
  • User friendly, easy to use application
  • 1 key load up of your favorite game
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TOTAL FREEDOM, MAXIMUM EASE

Easily program your most used commands to be executed with a single keystroke. You are free to choose any key you want.

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*Real GAMING Hotkey settings depend on the configuration

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2x FASTER
MSI USB 3.1 GEN2

Transferring your favorite games, music and movies over USB has never been faster. USB 3.1 enables lightning fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s!

Benefits

  • 2X faster than USB 3.0
  • 20X faster than USB 2.0
  • Up to 10Gbps data transfer bandwidth
  • Boost transfer rate for your PC and peripherals

2X FRONT USB 3.1 GEN1

With a clever placed USB 3.1 Gen1 front pin header, available on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 devices directly to the front of your PC Chassis. This way you can easily enjoy fast USB speeds without having to use the hard-to-reach USB ports on the rear.

DOUBLE ESD PROTECTION

The front USB 3.1 Gen1 ports on MSI motherboards are protected by a set of protective ICs to prevent damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) from plugging/unplugging USB devices.

FAST STORAGE WITH SATA EXPRESS

SATA Express offers a solution in high speed storage through PCI-Express, providing more bandwidth for the latest generation SSDs up to 16 Gb/s.

PUSH YOUR SSD HARDER WITH TURBO M.2

Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s using Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is more than 5 times faster than a regular SATA III connection! Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI motherboards.

M.2 TO TURBO U.2 (optional)

The U.2 Host Card delivers performance up to 32 Gb/s and allows support for next gen 2.5-inch SSDs using the U.2 connector. A redriver chip is added to increase data transfer speed.

DATA TRANSFER SPEED

 

SUPPORTS

ENHANCED CPU OVERVOLTAGE PROTECTION

Onboard overvoltage protection prevents overvoltage and short-circuit damage of the CPU and other components. A red LED near the 24 pin CPU power connector let you know that overvoltage protection is activated for easier troubleshooting.

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EASY DIAGNOSTIC

MSI EZ Debug LED is an easy troubleshooting tool using 3 LEDs to indicate CPU / Memory / VGA operation every time you boot up your system. Run into trouble? Use the LEDs to easily identify the source of your problem and get back into operation quickly.

SteelSeries headset

SteelSeries Certified

Get ready to enjoy the best gaming experience with MSI & SteelSeries!

Enthusiast gaming gear brand SteelSeries has officially approved MSI GAMING motherboards as ‘SteelSeries Certified (SSC)’. This certification is based on the performance demands and stability of MSI GAMING motherboards and SteelSeries products. Your SteelSeries headset, mouse and other top quality gaming gear works best on MSI GAMING motherboards.

GAMING CERTIFIED

Our GAMING motherboards are tested in our gaming lab, internet cafes and together with the world’s best eSports players to make sure you get top performance and reliability in the world’s most popular games. Through 24-hour on- and offline game testing, MSI ensures the onboard network configuration, audio reception and FPS performance are tested and tuned to perfection for you to enjoy the best possible gameplay experience.

Only the motherboards that pass this test receive the GAMING CERTIFIED status and are considered true MSI® GAMING motherboards.

 
 
 

MILITARY CLASS 5 COMPONENTS

Military Class 5 is the latest evolution in high quality components. The Titanium Choke and Dark CAP ensure that your PC runs stable under extreme gaming conditions.

Titanium Choke

Titanium Choke uses a Titanium core that has better ability in thermal and higher temperature tolerance. This allows the Titanium Choke to run at a 220 degree Celsius high temperature, have a 40% higher current capacity, a 30% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

DARK CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAPs has been a staple in high-end motherboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

HUMIDITY PROTECTION

Reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent "Conductive Anodic Filament". Untreated PCB's can have 10x higher failure rate.

HIGH TEMPERATURE
PROTECTION

All key components used in MSI motherboards have all passed military testing ensuring stable operation in the harshest environments.

CIRCUIT PROTECTION

Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers and shielding result in the best circuit protection for our GAMING motherboards.   

ESD PROTECTION

Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.

EMI PROTECTION

All MSI motherboards comply with strict American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference.

Optimized for multiple graphics cards

SLI /CrossFire 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.

Prevent damage!

Worried about damaging the PCI-Express slot or your graphics card because of the weight?

MSI® Steel Armor

Steel Armor has more solder points on the PCB for more strength and protects the PCI-Express signals against electromagnetic interference for a stutter-free gaming experience and higher GPU overclocking.

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MSI® Steel ArmorReinforced, heavy soldered connections

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THE ALL NEW, AWARD-WINNING CLICK BIOS 5

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Explore the greatly improved, award-winning CLICK BIOS 5 and use it to tune your system to maximum performance to get the most out of your games. MSI CLICK BIOS 5 is the next generation UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 10.

Control your system in two modes: EZ mode, for the most used settings and functions. Advanced mode for more detailed settings and fine-tuning options to boost your system’s performance.

  • Variety of options to boost your game performance
  • Next gen UEFI BIOS with award winning design
  • High-resolution multi language scalable font
  • Easy to use
  • Advanced overclocking

OTHERS

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Low res, non-scalable

CLICK BIOS 5

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Sharp, hi-res, scalable design

GAMING DEVICE PORT

MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize its speed. You can customize your mouse’ DPI to change accuracy and program macro combinations using the easy to use Mouse Master software to perform multiple commands with just one click.

Gaming benefits

  • More responsive, faster reactions
  • Customizable mouse settings
  • Customizable mouse accuracy (DPI)
  • Program macros for multiple actions in 1 click
  • Smoother gameplay

Technical benefits

  • 3x more gold than regular connectors
  • 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
  • Prevents oxidation
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WTFast is the Gamers Private Network ; like a global automated army of IT specialists all working together to optimize your game connection from end to end. WTFast reports rich connection stats for your online game, so you can see exactly what is happening with your game connection.

  • Built just for MMO gamers
  • Reduce average ping
  • Greatly reduce connection flux, spikes and packet loss
  • MSI Exclusive 2-month premium license

GET 2-MONTH PREMIUM LICENSE FOR FREE

Your Game, Your Stream, Your Fame

XSplit Gamecaster & Broadcaster V2 lets you easily record your gaming moments and broadcast your live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube, UStream and more.

It's simple, easy to use and ideal for sharing your gameplay with friends, family or the world - or for capturing those perfect gaming moments, just for the heck of it.

RECORD & STREAM

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Use XSplit Gamecaster to stream all of your gaming activities

VIDEO EDITOR

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Edit your recordings and conquer the world

REALTIME NOTES

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Draw attention whilst casting with in-game annotations

TriDef SmartCam

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Fully automatic chroma key that can work on any background

Adaptive Bitrate

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Automatically adjusts your bitrate according to your network conditions

GAME DETECTION

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Game Capture Auto Detect allows for automatic streaming when starting a game

OBS STREAMING SOFTWARE

Share your gaming achievements with the world! Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is world’s most popular open source software for video recording and live streaming. Show your friends your gaming progress live.

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    Optimized video quality

    OBS records videos using small file size,but with perfect image and sound quality, without lag.

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    Easy to share

    Live streaming to your favorite video sharing websites such as Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and many more.

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    Webcam supported

    OBS supports almost any webcam. DirectShow capture device support (webcams, capture cards, etc).

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    Multiple profiles

    Add different profiles, each of them with its own settings. Easy to use OBS for anyone, in any situation.

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    Plenty of plugins

    Allowing developers to create their own unique plugins and complete control of their streaming experience.

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OVERCLOCKING MADE EASY

Outperform your competition with the MSI® GAMING APP which allows simultaneous control of both your Motherboard and Graphics Card's overclocking.

Simply select your preferred mode with the click of a button:

/ Silent / Gaming / OC /

ON-SCREEN SPEED & TEMPERATURES

Real-time monitor GPU Core, DRAM Frequency, GPU & CPU Temperatures and much more, in game or in other fullscreen applications, customizable to your preference.

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AioDragonEye

a different view
on gaming

MSI Dragon Eye allows you to watch a YouTube video or Twitch Stream while playing a game simultaneously. Simply add a link or stream to the Dragon Eye application and select the size, position, volume and transparency and start gaming. With a few hotkeys you can start/pause your video or set the volume.

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CPU-Z
MSI GAMING EDITION

MSI has worked closely with CPUID to develop this special edition of CPU-Z featuring the famous MSI GAMING dragon. Use CPU-Z to gather key information on the main devices of your system, such as your CPU speed, Memory speed and timings, motherboard BIOS version and much more.

Download CPU-Z
MSI GAMING Edition HERE

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RAMDisk

SSD not fast enough? Try MSI RAMDisk!

Get an unlimited RAMDisk for free (worth $35) with MSI GAMING motherboards. RAMDisk allows you to create a virtual drive from your system memory, enabling speeds up to 25x faster than a modern SSD. You can load complete games, speed up your browser or your page file significantly increasing system performance! You even increase your SSD's lifespan by using RAMDisk as it reduces unnecessary read and write operations to your SSD.

  • Speed up system performance
  • Speed up games, apps and browser
  • Increase SSD lifespan
25x Faster
$35 Value

PACKAGE CONTENT

What's in the box? Check it out for yourself! Besides an abundance of necessary cables and connectors, a stylish all black GAMING I/O shield.

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FRONT SIDE OF I/O PANEL

  • I/O Panel Ports Label
  • Dark coating
  • BACK SIDE OF I/O PANEL
  • Force Absorbing Layer (NEW)
  • Aluminium Interference Shielding
  • Steel Shielding
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CABLE LABELS

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WATER COOLING READY

Clever motherboard design, easy AIO water cooling use

All-in-One optimized design
Custom loop availability

Partners waterblocks available at launch:

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Connectivity

Be sure to take full advantage of all the GAMING weapons by connecting your devices to the optimized ports.

Connectivity
  1. Gaming Device Port
  2. USB 3.1 Gen1
  3. MSI GAMING LAN
  4. Audio connectors
  5. USB 2.0
  1. DVI Port
  2. USB 3.1 Gen2
  3. HDMI Port
  4. USB 3.1 Gen1
  5. Optical S/PDIF Out

 

  1. All images and descriptions are for illustrative purposes only. Product specification, function, and appearance may vary based on different CPU and chipset. For detailed specifications, please consult the product specifications page.
ITH Rating  4.5
2016-08
Poland
MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X to typowa płyta z segmentu średniego, gdzie kupujący dostaje praktycznie wszystko, czego kiedykolwiek zechce użyć, łącznie z obsługą najnowszych standardów jak USB 3.1 czy konfiguracji Multi-GPU.
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Profitability
2016-08
Poland
MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X to typowa płyta z segmentu średniego, gdzie kupujący dostaje praktycznie wszystko, czego kiedykolwiek zechce użyć, łącznie z obsługą najnowszych standardów jak USB 3.1 czy konfiguracji Multi-GPU.
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Ginjfo - 4 stars
2016-05
France
La Z170A Krait Gaming est une carte mère gaming pour processeur Intel Skylake. Elle se dote de plusieurs arguments pour convaincre les joueurs dont l’Audio Boost 3, le Gamme Boost, une partie réseau filaire renforcée et le support du SLI/Crossfire.
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Must Have
2016-05
USA
It is easy to see why MSI’s Krait series has been so popular.
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4.5 stars
2016-03
France
Z170A KRAIT GAMING R6 SIEGE, UNE ÉVOLUTION EN DOUCEUR DE LA KRAIT GAMING
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9.0/10 Score
2016-03
Denmark
En ting, som jeg rigtig godt kan lide ved MSI's Krait Gaming i Z170 serien er, at vi får et super lækkert bundkort med alle tænkelige features, som den glade gamer kunne ønske sig, uden at vi skal have den helt store tegnedreng op.
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Safe Buy
2016-03
Denmark
En ting, som jeg rigtig godt kan lide ved MSI's Krait Gaming i Z170 serien er, at vi får et super lækkert bundkort med alle tænkelige features, som den glade gamer kunne ønske sig, uden at vi skal have den helt store tegnedreng op.
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Gold
2015-10
United Kingdom
A damn good Gaming motherboard, especially when you consider its unique design and its very reasonable price.
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Amazing Value
2015-10
United Kingdom
This motherboard is stylish, is packed with useful features, performs well and above all comes with an attractive price-tag.
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Recommended
2015-10
United Kingdom
The MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING came out swinging, and it deserves to be given a couple of awards for its performance and its creative looks.
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Gold
2015-10
United Kingdom
The MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING came out swinging, and it deserves to be given a couple of awards for its performance and its creative looks.
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Value
2015-10
United Kingdom
The MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING came out swinging, and it deserves to be given a couple of awards for its performance and its creative looks.
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3.5 stars
2015-09
France
Après un bilan positif concernant la Z97 SLI Krait Edition , la nouvelle Z170A Krait Gaming ne nous aura pas autant séduit.
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Design
2015-09
United Kingdom
There is nothing in the price bracket to rival it.
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Value
2015-09
United Kingdom
There is nothing in the price bracket to rival it.
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Gold
2015-08
France
c’est finalement la MSI Z170A Krait Gaming qui s’impose comme la nouvelle référence pour les PC performants de dernière génération
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  • Socket
    1151
  • CPU (Max Support)
    i7
  • Chipset
    Intel® Z170 Express
  • DDR4 Memory
    3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz
  • Memory Channel
    Dual
  • DIMM Slots
    4
  • Max Memory (GB)
    64
  • PCI-Ex16
    3
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3
  • PCI-Ex1
    3
  • PCI
    1
  • SATA Express
    1
  • SATAIII
    6
  • M.2 Slot
    1 x 2280 Key M(PCIe Gen3 x4/SATA)
  • RAID
    0/1/5/10
  • TPM (header)
    1
  • LAN
    10/100/1000*1
  • USB 3.1 ports(Front)
    2(Gen1)
  • USB 3.1 ports (Rear)
    4(Gen1), 2(Gen2)
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front)
    4
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
    2
  • Audio ports (Rear)
    5+Optical SPDIF
  • HDMI
    1
  • DVI
    1
  • DirectX
    DX12
  • Form Factor
    ATX
  • SLI
    Y
  • CrossFire
    Y

 

  1. All images and descriptions are for illustrative purposes only. Product specification, function, and appearance may vary based on different CPU and chipset. For detailed specifications, please consult the product specifications page.

 

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