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To master the game you need a masterful system. The MSI Enthusiast GAMING motherboards are honored with the suffix “M for Master” to cite its truly outstanding design, ready to guide you to the next level in gaming.
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.
The MSI® Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM motherboard is designed to provide gamers and overclockers something truly unique. Best-in-class features, technology and design ensure the best gaming and overclocking experience. Stunning looks, backed by the MSI Dragon, the Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to perfection.
Silver heavy played premium heatsinks make sure your system stays cool during even the longest overclocking or gaming sessions.
This awesome looking protective shield helps to keep the audio signal pure, preventing interference from other components.
Featuring a no compromise dedicated OC Dashboard, matched in silver, (extreme) overclocking was never easier.
Titanium on the in- & outside. To deliver the best performance, this motherboard is designed with Titanium strengthened PCB and Titanium chokes.
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.
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.
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.
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. It's highlighted with a red LED inside the RJ45 connector to show its functionality.
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 impendence headphones and truly dominate the game.
Offering immersive virtual 7.1 sound in high definition using exclusive stereo equipment.More on Nahimic
With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with less chance of distortion.
Audio Boost 3 is fueled by a EMI-shielded high quality HD audio processor, making sure you enjoy the purest sound quality.
Audio Boost 3 acts like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry to give you a more clear audio signal.
Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism.
The built-in dual headphone amplifiers rewards your high quality headphone with studio level sound quality up to 600Ω delivered from your gaming PC.
Convenient use of the front panel audio output while retaining high quality amplified sound.
Nahimic sound technology has been approved for its quality and precision in projects undertaken by the military field and the aeronautics industry. It offers immersive virtual 7.1 sound in high definition using exclusive stereo equipment.
Nahimic lifts your gaming experience to a new level, offering you highly sought-after gaming benefits:
Need more FPS? Need more CPU and memory power? With Game Boost’ one-second overclocking option we're giving you even more performance. Just turn the dial and your PC gets another adrenalin shot. With Game Boost going up to eleven , a performance increase up to 5GHz is possible!
*Features may vary according to your platform and model
Gaming Hotkey, with a dedicated hardware chip, enables more functionality using your own keyboard. Simply assign functions or macros to any key and turn your PC on/off, launch your favorite games, load overclocking profiles or do real-time overclocking with the push of a single button. The possibilities are endless!
Easily program your most used commands to be executed with a single keystroke. You are free to choose any key you want.
*Real GAMING Hotkey settings depend on the configuration
Assign your own keyboard combinations
Quick launch any application or folder
Quick launch of mail, browser or more
One press to login (program passwords)
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!
This great little tool is very simple to use and automatically detects USB devices connected to the system and when enabled can provide up to 30% of an increase in USB performance, saving a lot of time when transferring data.
USB Speed Up works on all MSI X99 and Z170 and any USB storage device, no matter USB 2.0, USB 3.0 or USB 3.1.
Direct USB allows for faster and more convenient ways of saving scores, flashing the BIOS and installing drivers & software when using an open test bed.
With MSI Super Charger you can deliver more power than regular USB chargers to your smartphone, tablet, USB game controller or portable console. You can quickly charge these devices when you're not gaming on your PC, eliminating the need for wall power sockets.
USB 3.1 gen1 signal integrity suffers with longer cables. The special USB 3.1 gen1 Redrivers connected to the internal USB 3.1 gen1 ports on MSI motherboards, enable you to use longer USB 3.1 gen1 cables, especially in larger chassis.
With a cleverly placed USB 3.1 gen1 front pin header on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to 2 USB 3.1 gen1 devices directly to 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.
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.
Delivering speeds up to 64Gb/s using Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is over 10 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.
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.
With a long history of breaking world records inherited from MSI's legendary Overclocking motherboards, this motherboard has OC running through its veins. Built from the ground up to support heavy overclocking, from its OC PCB to Military Class components, you know this MSI motherboard is ready to push the limits!
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. The sky is the limit!
Featuring a no compromise dedicated OC Dashboard, extreme LN2 overclocking was never easier. OC Dashboard features all the tools needed to break records; DirectOC +/-, Slow Mode, Fast Boot and Complete Discharge. Experience easier on-the-fly overclocking under the most extreme conditions without worrying about freezing of the onboard overclocking buttons.
Meet the overclockers' swiss army knife; OC essentials is a set of tools that are essential to get the best performance out of your motherboard. These features increase stability, assist in trouble shooting, allow you to keep your complete system in check and allow for simple management. This way you can keep your mind on overclocking.
Allowing fast and easy reset and power up / power down of your system while overclocking. The buttons are conviently placed and light up so you can easily find them in a dark environment.
A set of + and – buttons allows you to adjust your Base Clock in real time, even during benchmarking. The Direct OC software and onboard switch allows you to select 1 MHz or 0.1 MHz increments.
Accurately monitor your voltages while overclocking. V-Check points 2 supports up to 3 multimeters at once for optimal monitoring of voltages.
With a flick of the switch you can change between different BIOS chips for testing or recovery when one BIOS crashes. An easy LED next to the chip shows which BIOS is active.
Entering a BIOS can be a frustrating job. Because nowadays motherboards boot Lightning fast, we added the GO2BIOS button. Simply push it before you start or restart your system and you'll go straight to the system BIOS upon (re)boot.
A 2-Digit Debug LED is present for easy diagnostics. While operational it also displays the CPU package temperature.
Conveniently placed on the backside of the motherboard, the Clear CMOS button lets you easily reset the BIOS when your overclocking attempts failed. Saving you the hassle from opening your case and removing the jumper.
Slow Mode helps to defeat booting issues when overclocking at extremely high CPU frequencies. Flicking the switch will temporary decrease CPU ratio below stock settings, creating stability to successfully boot to Windows.
A true factory reset! Holding this button for 2 seconds completely wipes your motherboard from all settings, where the CLR CMOS still leaves some settings behind.
With MSI CeaseFire, it is very easy to disable one of the PCI-E x16 slots without the need of removing the cards, using just a flick of the switch. While overclocking, switching from Quad SLI™ to (Triple) SLI™ was never easier.
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.
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 is the latest evolution in high quality components. The Titanium Choke, DrMOS mosfet, Hi-c CAP and Dark CAP ensure that your PC runs stable under extreme gaming conditions.
DrMOS is the next-gen Mosfet which is used to deliver the power for the CPU. MSI DrMOS does not waste power, stays cool and is more power efficient than other power saving solutions. DrMOS is a 3-in-1 chip that delivers much more power with less components needed.
This solution gives you the power to break world records.
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.
A Hi-c CAP is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAPs, MSI motherboards are the most energy efficient in the market.
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.
Reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent "Conductive Anodic Filament". Untreated PCB's can have 10x higher failure rate.
All key components used in MSI motherboards have all passed military testing ensuring stable operation in the harshest environments.
Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers and shielding result in the best circuit protection for our GAMING motherboards.
Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.
All MSI motherboards comply with strict American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference.
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.
Worried about damaging the PCI-Express slot or your graphics card because of the weight?
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.
MSI® Steel ArmorReinforced, heavy soldered connections
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.
Low res, non-scalable
Sharp, hi-res, scalable design
Run into trouble after updating your BIOS? Simply flash an old version back and continue gaming within minutes using BIOS Flashback+. You can even use BIOS Flashback+ without the CPU, memory or graphics card!
1. No CPU/DDR/VGA required
2. Connect power
3. Insert dongle with BIOS file
4. Use Flashback button/hotkey
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.
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.
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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
Use XSplit Gamecaster to stream all of your gaming activities
Edit your recordings and conquer the world
Draw attention whilst casting with in-game annotations
Fully automatic chroma key that can work on any background
Automatically adjusts your bitrate according to your network conditions
Game Capture Auto Detect allows for automatic streaming when starting a game
Outperform your competition with the MSI® GAMING APP which allows simultaneous control of both your 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.
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.
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.
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.
What's in the box? Check it out for yourself! Besides an abundance of necessary cables and connectors, you also get a cool Do-Not-Disturb door-hanger, a slick GAMING case badge and a stylish all black GAMING I/O shield.
FRONT SIDE OF I/O PANEL
Clever motherboard design, easy AIO water cooling use
Partners waterblocks available at launch:
Be sure to take full advantage of all the GAMING weapons by connecting your devices to the optimized ports.
• Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core&trade 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.
• Intel® Z170 Chipset
• 4 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 64GB
- Supports DDR4 4000(OC)
- 2 DIMM/3866(OC)
- 4 DIMM/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.
• 4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16/0/0/x4, x8/0/x8/x4 or x8/x4/x4/x4 modes)
• 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
• 2 x HDMI™ ports, support a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz, 2560x1600@60Hz
- Support for HDMI™ 1.4 version.
• 1 x DisplayPort, supports a maximum resolution of 4096x2304@60Hz, 2560x1600@60Hz, 3840x2160@60Hz, 1920x1200@60Hz
• Supports 4-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
• Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
• Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
• 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports*(SATA1~6)
• 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**
• 2x SATAe ports (PCIe 3.0 x2)***
• Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors
• ASMedia® ASM1061 chipset
- 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA7~8)
* M.2, SATA and SATAe ports maximum support 1x M.2 SSDs + 6x SATAs or 2xM.2 SSDs + 1xSATAe HDD + 2xSATA HDDs.
** The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately.
*** SATAe port is backward compatible with SATA.
• Intel® Z170 Chipset
- Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
- Supports RAID 0 and RAID1 for M.2 PCIe storage devices*
* M.2 PCIe RAID volume can be created with UEFI BIOS
• ASMedia® ASM1142 Chipset
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) ports on the back panel
• Intel® Z170 Express Chipset
- 7x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (4 ports on the back panel, 1 internal port, 2 ports available through the internal USB connector)
- 7x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (3 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
• Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
- Supports S/PDIF output
• 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
- 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 1 x 6-pin ATX 12V power connector*
- 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 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)
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 port
- 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 OC DASHBOARD connector
- 1 x GAME BOOST button
- 1 x Power button
- 1 x Reset button
- 1 x BIOS FLASHBACK+ button
- 1 x HOTKEY switch
- 1 x PCIe CeaseFire switch
- 1 x Multi-BIOS switch
- 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED
* Provides additional power to PCIe x16 slots
Back Panel I/O Ports
- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
- 3 x USB 2.0 ports
* 1 x HOTKEY port
* 1 x BIOS FLASHBACK+ port
- 1 x Clear CMOS button
- 2 x HDMI™ ports
- 1 x DisplayPort
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
- 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
- 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
- 5 x OFC audio jacks
• 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.
• 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
• ATX Form Factor
• 9 mounting holes