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Motherboard

MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

(43 Ratings, 4.8 Average)

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Specifications

Manufacturer

MSI

Part #

Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X

Manufacturer

MSI

Socket / CPU

LGA1151

Form Factor

ATX

RAM Slots

4

Max RAM

64 GB

Color

Black / White

Chipset

Intel Z170

Memory Type

DDR4

Memory Slots

4

Memory Speed

  • DDR4-2133
  • DDR4-2400
  • DDR4-2800
  • DDR4-3000
  • DDR4-3200
  • DDR4-3600

SLI/CrossFire

  • 2-Way SLI Capable
  • CrossFire Capable

PCI-E x16 Slots

3

PCI-E x8 Slots

0

PCI-E x4 Slots

0

PCI-E x1 Slots

4

PCI Slots

0

Onboard Ethernet

1 x 1000 Mbit/s

SATA 6 Gb/s

4

SATA Express

1

M.2 Slots

1

mSATA Slots

0

Onboard Video

Depends on CPU

Onboard USB3.0 Headers

Yes

Supports ECC

No

Wireless Networking

No

RAID Support

Yes

Price History

    Reviews

    Cosmo_Canyon
    • 230 points
    • 34 months ago

    from completed build Polaris

    ?k motherboard.Some weird sata but you can work around it.

    iotapsi
    • 101 points
    • 29 months ago

    from completed build Tuxedo

    It looks nice, and preforms well. The BIOS is quite nice.

    TechnoTom74
    • 70 points
    • 32 months ago

    Easy overclocking mode boosts my CPU to 4.1Ghz!

    Four_Balls
    • 50 points
    • 34 months ago

    from completed build Regularised & Mesmerised

    A nice looking mother board that also worked really well for my monochrome build. The BIOS have been fairly easy to navigate so far.

    shreduhsoreus
    • 44 points
    • 22 months ago

    from completed build White Widow(OLD)

    Good Z170 board for the price, with great looks to match. Using an NVMe drive disables 2 of the SATA ports so I had to rethink my cabling. Plenty of fan headers, but MSI cheaped out and the sysfan headers are dummy 4 pin headers(the 4th pin is just for show, so those headers are not PWM), but they at least included 2 CPU fan headers which are PWM. I've had this board for almost a year now and it's still going strong. The look of this board is honestly the main thing keeping me from upgrading to Coffee Lake. Pssst, hey MSI, make a Z370 Krait that looks identical to this and I'll buy it like a fool ;)

    Shibs
    • 31 points
    • 39 months ago

    from completed build RGB Sloth

    This motherboard is great. The BIOS is incredibly easy to navigate, and the the theme is gorgeous. The 3X version ensures that the SATA ports are faced sideways, as opposed to earlier versions where they were up and down. This means if you use a second GPU then the ports don't get blocked. I love this motherboard and highly recommend it.

    SpearsZ
    • 31 points
    • 33 months ago

    great motherboard. Looks great for black/white build.

    superheroninjaguy24
    • 29 points
    • 28 months ago

    Hasn't caused me trouble at all. Beautiful piece of hardware. The fact the Google Chrome was part of the driver list was okay, but it would just be easier to download it straight from Edge. other than that, can't complain.

    Wailord_use_Body_Slam
    • 27 points
    • 32 months ago

    from completed build Project E.C.L.I.P.S.E. (1.1)

    Its one of the few motherboards that are white and black, that's what made me choose it.

    AmatisP1me
    • 25 points
    • 37 months ago

    from completed build Black Pearl

    Great Mobo and looks even better in the case. POSTed on first try. BIOS seems pretty simple as well. FINALLY something from MSI that ins't red. I won't lie, when you are shopping for this mobo online, it doesn't seem like the #1 choice. In fact it looks super janky online. When you get it in your hands, you truly see how well built this motherboard is. It is a real tank, especially since I may have been a bit rough on it putting it the case on the standoffs.

    The only real con I would say is that installing any PSU headers were either hard to put in, or did not feel secure. But they all were in the end.

    Also, I didn't order the R6 version from Amazon. I just ordered the normal one, but thats the one I got. Not complaining, I got a free game!

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