Z170A TOMAHAWK

  • Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Supports DDR4-3600(0C)
  • DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
  • GAMING LAN: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency
  • GAMING DNA: LED ambient lights are added to give it an awesome look & feel, ready for battle
  • Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency
  • MULTI-GPU with VGA Armor: VGA Armor PCI-E slots. Supports AMD Crossfire™
  • Click BIOS5: Secure and Reliable UEFI BIOS solution
  • EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
  • Overvoltage Protection:Prevent Unforeseen Damage
  • 4K UHD Support: Ultra-high Definition Visual Experience
  • GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game testing by eSports players for the best gaming experience
  • WHQL CERTIFIED.WINDOWS 10 READY.

 

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NON-STOP GAMING

Equip yourself with the MSI Arsenal GAMING Series motherboards to improve your game. MSI Arsenal GAMING Series motherboards are covered in full black camouflage with LED ambient lights and is packed with gaming features, making them the perfect weapon to dominate the battlefield.

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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.

GAMING LED EFFECT

The Arsenal GAMING Series motherboards come with LEDs on the back of the motherboard to let you fully enjoy the gaming side of things. Like war paint, turn them on for the full Arsenal GAMING experience and you are ready to dominate any battlefield.

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    GAMING DNA DESIGN

    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.

  • GAMING HEATSINK

    The GAMING Heatsink is designed for the best performance and awesome looks, confirming you are dealing with a geniune MSI® GAMING motherboard.

  • HEAVY PLATED HEATSINK DESIGN

    Heavy plated premium heatsinks truly represent style & performance and 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.

Gaming optimized bandwidth 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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Studio grade sound with AUDIO BOOST

With Audio Boost 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.

Isolated Audio PCB

Isolated Audio PCB

Audio Boost 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.

Front Dedicated Headphone Out

Front Dedicated Headphone Out

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

Front Dedicated Headphone Out

Separated Audio Layers

Equal and perfect sound quality for left & right channel audio through the use of seperated layers in the PCB.

Front Dedicated Headphone Out

ANTI-POPCORN NOISE

Audio Boost protects your ears against annoying loud popping sounds when you plug devices in or out or turn your PC on/off.

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 Gen2 enables lightning fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s!

Benefits

  • 2X faster than USB 3.1 Gen1
  • 20X faster than USB 2.0
  • Up to 10Gbps data transfer bandwidth
  • Boost transfer rate for your PC and peripherals

FRONT USB 3.1 Gen1

With a cleverly placed USB 3.1 Gen1 front pin header on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to 4 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 at 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.

PUSH YOUR SSD HARDER WITH M.2

M.2 doesn’t need any power- or signal-cables and with a very small footprint M.2 is the storage connector of the future replacing traditional HDDs/SSDs.

*Support 4.8/6/8/11cm length M.2 device

Turbo U.2 Host Card (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.

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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.

 
 
 
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MILITARY CLASS 4 COMPONENTS

DARK CHOKE

Dark Choke uses the special core design and allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature with higher capacity and better power efficiency and 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

AMD CrossFire

CrossFire support

This motherboard supports AMD 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 AMD CrossFire™ setup.

Prevent damage!

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

MSI® VGA Armor

With the increased size and weight of modern high end graphics cards, traditional PCI Express slots often show signs of bending or even breaking. Meet VGA Armor, strengthened PCI Express slots using more solder points to make sure you never have to worry about breaking off any of the slots.

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MSI® VGA 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

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

Connectivity

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

Connectivity
  1. PS/2
  2. USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
  3. LAN
  4. USB 2.0 ports
  5. DVI Port
  1. HDMI Port
  2. Clear COMS
  3. USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
  4. Optioal S/PDIF-Out+OFC Audio Jacks

 

  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.
Dam Good Value
2016-08
Canada
As such, as long as you are aware of the compromises MSI has made, and are fine with them, this motherboard deserves to be on your shortlist.
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8.5/10 Score
2016-08
Denmark
Det leverede en meget habile præstationer med nogle fine ombord komponenter, som kan tilfredsstille de fleste gamere samt kontoransatte.
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Editor's Choice
2016-06
United Kingdom
One of the best options on the market for the sort of person who prefers to use a single discrete graphics card.
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4.5 / 5 stars
2016-05
Denmark
This board has a strong set of functions and a good performance
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Worth Considering
2016-05
United Kingdom
If you’re looking for a stylish and affordable Z170 gaming motherboard MSI’s Z170A Tomahawk is an interesting consideration.
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4 stars
2016-05
France
La Z170A Tomahawk est performante, a un look "gaming" que beaucoup aimeront, et la stabilité est de mise.
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9.2/10 AMAZING
2016-04
Greece
MSI Z170A Tomahawk is a fully equipped solid choice for gamers and offers all the features you need.
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Recommended award 9/10
2016-04
Lithuania
Very nice board, with a lot of features and options. Great value for the money.
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2016-03
Australia
The MSI Z170A Tomahawk is a no nonsense board that gives you everything you need without the price tag you’d expec
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Gold
2016-03
United Kingdom
There’s a lot to like about the MSI Z170A Tomahawk.
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GOLD
2016-03
Spain
La MSI Z170A Tomahawk es una placa base ideal para los jugadores que no quieren gastarse mucho dinero y quiere tener un componente de larga duración. Nos permite instalar procesador de alta gama desbloqueados, hacerles overclock.
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Good product
2016-03
Poland
MSI Z170A Tomahawk sprawdzi się jako podstawa wydajnego i niedrogiego komputera do gier
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Gold
2016-02
Italy
Oggi abbiamo analizzato la MSI Z170A TOMHAWK una scheda madre con un prezzo di circa 130€ che ha saputo coniugare molte caratteristiche interessanti o comunque non da meno rispetto ad altri prodotti con chipset Z170.
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Editor’s Choice
2016-02
United Kingdom
For the money, it's a bargain, without a doubt.
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Recommended
2016-01
United Kingdom
Backed by what we believe to be the best UEFI BIOS on the market, MSI has fitted in an enviable amount to a board costing less than £100.
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Better
2016-01
Sweden
You get all the features that are relatively future-proof for a good price, and MSI has been good to update the bios and everything else around the motherboard.
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Recommended
2015-12
Russia
... перейдем к знакомству с героиней сегодняшнего обзора - материнской платой MSI Z170A Tomahawk. Смотрится она очень ярко и сразу притягивает к себе взгляд за счет использования ярких цветов в оформлении системы охлаждения и самой печатной платы.
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8.7/10 Recommended award
2015-12
Greece
If you want a Z170 board which completes your system, the cost friendly solution of MSI's Z170A Tomahawk is a good choice.
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Golden
2015-12
Spain
La MSI Z170A Tomahawk es la placa base para los que piensan que una placa base es una placa base y que la inversión debe estar en otros puntos que si afectan al rendimiento del equipo antes que en ellas
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Tested 2016
2015-11
Czech Republic
Levnější deska v černočerveného kabátku s „cool“ LED, lepšími kondenzátory na zvukovce a zlacenými konektory.
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Apporved
2015-11
South Africa
The LED back lights are a really nice touch adding a little style. Overall for its price we have no complaints and anyone one a budget looking for a great board should take a serious look at the Z170A TOMAHAWK
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Performance
2015-11
United Kingdom
MSI have added another fine addition to their line-up and this one offers the best bang for buck, hands down!
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Design
2015-11
United Kingdom
MSI have added another fine addition to their line-up and this one offers the best bang for buck, hands down!
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Value
2015-11
United Kingdom
MSI have added another fine addition to their line-up and this one offers the best bang for buck, hands down!
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Recomended
2015-11
Spain
MSI Z170 Tomahawk vs. Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 5
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Editor's Choice
2015-11
United Kingdom
A powerhouse modern motherboard with at an equally impressive price.
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  • Socket
    1151
  • CPU (Max Support)
    i7
  • Chipset
    Intel® Z170 Chipset
  • 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
    2
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3(16)
  • PCI-Ex1
    3
  • PCI
    2
  • SATAIII
    6
  • M.2 Slot
    1 x 2280 Key M(PCIe Gen3 x4/SATA), 1 x 2230 Key E(Wi-Fi)
  • 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)
    2(Gen1),2(Gen2)
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front)
    1
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
    2
  • Audio ports (Rear)
    5 x OFC audio jacks + 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
  • HDMI
    1
  • DVI
    1
  • DirectX
    DX12
  • Form Factor
    ATX
  • 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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