MSI Z170A Krait Gaming 3X Motherboard Review


The Z170A Krait Gaming 3X is the first opportunity that we have had to review a MSI motherboard in quite some time. MSI’s Krait series has proven to be quite popular and one look at the black and white color scheme, it is easy to see why. The Z170A Krait Gaming 3X has a long list of features to back up those good looks as well. The Z170A Krait Gaming 3X supports 6th Generation Intel Core processors and DDR4 memory up to 3600Mhz. DDR4 Boosst gives your DDR4 memory a performance boost. There is Turbo M.2 32Gb/s + Turbo U.2 ready + USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C + Type-A combo + SATA Express 10 Gb/s. USB 3.1 Gen2 is also included and offers performance twice as fast as a regular USB 3.0 connection. It also features Military Class 5: The latest evolution in high quality components featuring the brand new Titanium Chokes.

Being that the Z170A Krait Gaming 3X is a gaming oriented motherboard, there are plenty of gaming features as well. Gaming LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel offers a gaming experience with lowest latency. Audio Boost 3 promises your ears studio grade sound quality and features the Nahimic Audio Enhancer for immersive sound quality. Steel Armor PCI-E slots offer additional strength to reduce GPU tear out during transport. Support for Nvidia SLI & AMD Crossfire is standard. Game Boost generates more FPS in games with just a push of a button, while Gaming Hotkey allows you to launch gaming with just a single button. It is also SteelSeries Certifieg and Gaming Certified, with 24-hour on- and offline game testing by eSports players for the best gaming experience.

MSI has also paid close attention on the software side. They have revised their UEFI BIOS, which has exclusive MSI Boost Overclocking features. There are also several applications that allows quite a bit of control over the BIOS, overclocking, LAN, and other various features from inside the Windows environment.

MSI’s take on the Z170A Krait Gaming 3X

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.


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.

Black & White Heatsink Design

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

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.

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 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.

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.

MSI Xtreme Audio DAC

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.

  • Nahimic Sound Technology
  • Golden Audio Jacks
  • High Quality EMI-Shielded HD Audio Processor
  • Isolated Audio PCB with LED Line
  • Chemi-Con Audio Capacitors
  • Dual Headphone Amplifiers
  • Front Dedicated Headphone Out

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.

That is just a highlight of the Z170A Krait Gaming 3X’s many features. Let us take a look at the product specifications and packaging next.

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