MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X Motherboard Review: Page 2 of 8

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Posted by Heath Coop on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 8:00am

Packaging and Specifications

Packaging

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

The MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X comes in a black box with white graphics on the front with a background that resembles dragon scales.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

The rear of the box features several detailed pictures showcasing the motherboard's features. Some of the motherboard's basic specifications are included as well. It is quite detailed and easy to read.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

The Z170A Krait Gaming 3X is nestled in a cardboard tray in the top of the box.

MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

Under the divider we are greeted with all the accessories

Specifications


CPU

• Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors, and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors for Socket LGA1151

 


Chipset

• Z170 Chipset
 


Main Memory

• 4 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 64GB
- Supports DDR4 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)
* Please refer to Compatibility reports for more information of compatible memory.
 


Slots

• 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4 modes)
• 4 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots

 

 
Onboard Graphics


• 1 x HDMI™ port, support a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz, 2560x1600@60Hz
• 1 x DVI-D port, support a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
 

 
Multi-GPU Support


• Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
• Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
 


Storage

• Intel® Z170 Chipset
• 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports* (2 ports reserved for SATA Express port)
• 1 x M.2 slot*
- 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**
•1 x SATAe port (PCIe 3.0 x2)***
• Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors

* SATA5 and SATA6 ports will be unavailable when installing the M.2 module in M.2 slot.
** The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately.
*** SATAe port is backward compatible with SATA. SATA and SATAe ports maximum support 6x SATAs or 1x SATAe + 4x SATAs.



RAID

• Intel® Z170 Chipset
- Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
 


USB

 ASMedia® ASM1142 Chipset
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) port on the back panel
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port on the back panel
• Intel® Z170 Chipset
- 6 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors)
- 8 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)

 


Audio

• Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
- Supports S/PDIF output
 

 
LAN 

• 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
- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (2 ports reserved for SATA Express port)
- 1 x SATAe connector
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
- 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 Clear CMOS jumper
- 1 x TBT connector  

 
Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x DVI-D port
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 port
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
- 1 x HDMI™ port
- 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
- 5 x OFC audio jacks
 


BIOS

• 1x 128 Mb flash
• UEFI AMI BIOS
• ACPI 5.0, PnP 1.0a, SM BIOS 2.8
• Multi-language
 


Dimension

• 12 in. x 9.25 in. (30.5 cm x 23.5 cm)
• ATX Form Factor
 


Mounting

• 6 mounting holes

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