MSI Z170A GAMING M3 ATX Motherboard with USB 3.1 Gen 1

MSI Z170A Gaming M3, Intel Z170, S 1151, DDR4, SATAe, M.2, 2-Way CrossFire, Killer LAN, USB 3.1 Gen2 A, ATX

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MASTER THE GAME
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.

UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY
DDR4 BoostXMP 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 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.

Killer E2400 - TRUE GAMING LAN WITH KILLER™
Designed with gaming DNA, Killer™ LAN is optimized for championship level online and LAN eSports.

The new Killer E2400 Intelligent Networking Platform, featuring Advanced Stream Detect 2.0, is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Killer™ LAN automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge.

GAMING OPTIMIZED BANDWITH 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

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. It's highlighted with a red LED inside the RJ45 connector to show its functionality.

REWARD YOUR EARS WITH STUDIO GRADE SOUND QUALITY
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

WITH NAHIMIC, ENJOY SOUND THAT PUSHES THE LIMITS OF REALITY
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:

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.
*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

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.
*Real GAMING Hotkey settings depend on the configuration

Shortcut Hotkeys
Assign your own keyboard special functions

Windows keys Quick launch any application or folder Quick launch of mail, browser or more

MSI® Smart keys
One press to login (program passwords) Login Keys

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

2X FRONT USB 3.1 GEN1
With a clever placed USB 3.1 Gen1 front pin header, available on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to 2 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 on the rear.

FRONT USB 3.1 GEN1DOUBLE ESD PROTECTION - FAST STORAGE WITH SATA EXPRESS
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.

PUSH YOUR SSD HARDER WITH TURBO M.2
Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s using Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is more than 5 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.

M.2 TO TURBO U.2 (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 MSI OC Essentials
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.

EZ DEBUG LED
MSI EZ Debug LED is an easy troubleshooting tool built with 3 LEDs to indicate to CPU / Memory / VGA operation every time you boot up your system. Run into trouble? Use the LEDs to easily identify the item causing problems.

EZ Debug LED
SLOW MODE
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.

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.

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.

MILITARY CLASS 5 COMPONENTS
Military Class 5 is the latest evolution in high quality components. The Titanium Choke and Dark CAP ensure that your PC runs stable under extreme gaming conditions.

Titanium Choke
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.

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.

MSI® VGA ARMOR - REINFORCED, HEAVY SOLDERED CONNECTIONS
THE ALL NEW, AWARD-WINNING CLICK BIOS 5
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
Low res, non-scalable

CLICK BIOS 5
Sharp, hi-res, scalable design

GAMING DEVICE PORT
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.

Gaming benefits
- More responsive, faster reactions
- Customizable mouse settings
- Customizable mouse accuracy (DPI)
- Program macros for multiple actions in 1 click
- Smoother gameplay

Technical benefits
• 3x more gold than regular connectors
• 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
• Prevents oxidation

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

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.

Plenty of plugins
Allowing developers to create their own unique plugins and complete control of their streaming experience.

Optimized video quality
OBS records videos using small file size,but with perfect image and sound quality, without lag.

Easy to share
Live streaming to your favorite video sharing websites such as Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and many more.

Webcam supported
OBS supports almost any webcam. DirectShow capture device support (webcams, capture cards, etc).

Multiple profiles
Add different profiles, each of them with its own settings. Easy to use OBS for anyone, in any situation.

Plenty of plugins
Allowing developers to create their own unique plugins and complete control of their streaming experience.

Optimized video quality
OBS records videos using small file size,but with perfect image and sound quality, without lag.

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.

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.

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.

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 Features • Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
• Supports DDR4-3600+(OC) Memory
• DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
• USB 3.1 Gen2 2X FASTER: USB 3.1 Gen2 offers performance twice as fast as a regular USB 3.0 connection
• Turbo M.2 32Gb/s + Turbo U.2 ready + USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A + SATA 6Gb/s
• GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Killer™: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency
• Audio Boost 3: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality
• Nahimic Audio Enhancer: Immersive sound quality that pushes the limits of reality
• Game Boost: This one goes up to eleven; generate more FPS in games with 1 push of a button
• GAMING Hotkey: Launch your favorite games with a single button
• OBS Streaming software: Share your gaming achievements with the world!
• SteelSeries Certified: Optimized for SteelSeries gaming gear
• Military Class 5: The latest evolution in high quality components featuring the brand new Titanium Chokes
• MULTI-GPU with VGA Armor: VGA Armor PCI-E slots. Supports AMD Crossfire™
• Click BIOS 5: Award-winning brand new Click BIOS 5 with high resolution scalable font
• GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game testing by eSports players for the best gaming experience
Specifications
Specifications
Form Factor ATX
CPU Socket 1151
QPI Speed N/A
Chipset Intel Z170
Memory Type DDR4
Memory Channel Dual
Memory Type (ECC) Non-ECC
Memory Type (R/U) Unbuffered
Memory Speed (Mhz)
  • DDR4 - 2133
  • DDR4 - 2400
  • DDR4 - 2600(OC)
  • DDR4 - 2800(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3000(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3200(OC)
  • DDR4 - 3600(OC)
Maximum Memory Capacity 64GB
Graphics Connectors
  • DVI-D
  • HDMI
Graphics Interface PCIe 3.0 (x16)
SLI Support Not Supported
Crossfire Support 2 Way CrossFireX
Audio Realtek ALC1150 7.1 HD Audio
Network Interface Type Wired Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000)
Network Interface Chip/Modules 1 x Killer E2400 (Gigabit LAN)
SATA SATA Express/SATA3 6Gb/s
RAID Support via SATA
Storage Mode Support
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 10
  • RAID 5
Water Cooled No
Expansion Slots
  • 3 x PCI
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16
Internal I/O
  • 1 x 24pin (V)
  • 2 x 4pin Fan (V)
  • 1 x 8pin (V)
  • 1 x Chassis intrusion header
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x FP Audio Header
  • 2 x Front Panel Connector
  • 1 x Parallel Port (LPT) Header
  • 1 x SATA Express
  • 6 x SATA III - 6Gb/s
  • 1 x Serial (COM) Header
  • 1 x Slow Mode Switch
  • 3 x System Fan header
  • 1 x TPM Header
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header
Back Panel
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 5 x Audio I/O
  • 1 x DVI-D
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo
  • 1 x SPDIF In (Optical)
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A
Warranty

Please note your statutory rights are not affected.

For further information regarding Scan's warranty procedure please see our terms and conditions

Details
Duration:
24 months
Type:
Return to base
DOA Period:
7 days
RTB Period:
24 months
Manufacturer Contact Details
Manufacturer:
SCAN/MSI
Telephone:
0871 472 4747
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MSI Z170A GAMING M3 ATX Motherboard with USB 3.1 Gen 1
MSI Z170A GAMING M3 ATX Motherboard with USB 3.1 Gen 1