MSI Z170A Intel Skylake M5 GAMING ATX SLi/CrossFire Motherboard

MSI Z170A GAMING M5, Intel Z170, S 1151, DDR4, SATAe, M.2 (PCIe/SATA), SLi/CrossFire, Killer LAN, USB 3.1 Gen2 A+C, 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.

The MSI® Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard is designed to provide gamers the best gaming experience through genuine GAMING design, best-in-class gaming features and the latest technology. The Z170A GAMING M5 motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

Unmatched Memory Performance and Stability

DDR4 Boost
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.

XMP LED
An added XMP LED highlights an active Extreme Memory Profile for the best memory speed and stability setting.

GAMING DNA Design
GAMING on the inside, GAMING on the outside. Attention to detail, from red and black look & feel to PCB printing, make the next generation MSI GAMING motherboards stand out once again.

Dragon Heatsink
The Dragon Heatsink, featuring the famous MSI GAMING dragon, confirms you are dealing with a genuine GAMING motherboard.

Heavy Plated Heatsink Design
The Dragon Heatsink, featuring the famous MSI GAMING dragon, confirms you are dealing with a genuine GAMING motherboard.

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.

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 Optimised 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.

MSI GAMING LAN Manager
• Automatically prioritizes games above other applications
• Allows you to change applications' traffic priority
• Allows you to customize 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.

Audio Boost 3 with Nahimic: 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
• Chemi-Con Audio Capacitors
• Dual Headphone Amplifiers
• Front Dedicated Headphone Out

Hear beyond the limits with Nahimic Sound Technology
To lead the gaming market, MSI is adopting Nahimic sound technology to boost the audio performance for their new range of gaming computers. So what’s new about this? Nahimic now offers immersive virtual 7.1 sound in high definition using advanced sound enhancement effects.

Enjoy sound that pushes the limits of reality.
On the cutting edge of innovation, Nahimic Sound Technology has proven its quality and precision in Military and Aerospace projects. Now they’re making some serious noise by becoming an essential part of your lethal gaming arsenal.

Nahimic places your user experience right at the heart of their software, offering you premium gaming benefits:

• Virtual Surround: Immersive 360° sound that puts you right in the heart of the action.
• Voice Leveler: Perfectly defining even the smallest sounds and providing unmatched clarity of dialogue.
• Bass Boost: Intensified bass, giving you incredibly high-powered sound.
• Noise Gate & Reduction: Microphone quality: constant volume and noise reduction for perfect voice clarity and comprehension.
• HD Audio Recorder: Lastly, Nahimic is unveiling their HD Audio Recorder for the very first time: this function enables you to enjoy studio quality sound to immortalize your streamed games - all in one click!
*The HD Audio Recorder function can only be activated when the XSplit Gamecaster software is installed.

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.

Gaming Hotkey
Gaming Hotkey enables more functionality using your own keyboard. Simply assign functions or macros 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 key on your keyboard
• Up to 8 steps macro programming
• User friendly, easy to use application
• 1 key load up of your favorite game
• 1 key overclocking

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.

• Hotkeys: Assign your own keyboard combinations
• 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: One press to login (program passwords)

2x Faster MSI USB 3.1 Gen2
Transfer your favorite games, music and movies over USB faster than ever. 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.

Type-C with reversible design
Get all the performance benefits from USB 3.1 Gen2 combined with the convenience of the USB Type-C connector. This reversible connector allows for effortless connecting of USB devices.

Super Charger
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 ReDrivers
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.

Front USB 3.1 Gen1
With a cleverly placed USB 3.1 Gen1 front pin header on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to 4 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 at the rear.

Double ESD Protection
The front USB 3.1 Gen1 ports on MSI motherboards are protected by a set of protective ICs to prevent damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) from plugging/unplugging USB devices.

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.

Twin Turbo Design
Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s using Gen3 x4, Turbo M.2 is over 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.

Turbo U.2 Host Card - Optional, not included, sold separately
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. Optional, not included, sold separately.

Designed for Overclocking
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!

• Extreme Socket Design
• Premium Power Phases
• DIGITALL POWER
• Overvoltage Protection

Sky's the Limit with OC ENGINE 2
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!

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.

• V-Check Points 2 Lite: Accurately monitor your voltages while overclocking. V-Check points 2 Lite supports legacy and modern multimeters for optimal monitoring of voltages.
• Debug LED: A 2-Digit Debug LED is present for easy diagnostics. While operational it also displays the CPU package temperature.
• 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.

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, Hi-c CAP 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.
• Hi-c CAP: 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.
• 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

SLi/CrossFire Support: Optimised for Multiple Graphics Cards
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.

• Prevent Damage:Worried about damaging the PCI-Express slot or your graphics card because of the weight?
• MSI® Steel Armor: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.

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

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

Best Live Streaming App Ever: XSPLIT 1 Year Premium License, Showing Off or Just for Fun
XSplit Gamecaster lets you easily record your gaming experience and broadcast it live 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.

With the upgraded version, you can even edit your gameplay video and share it to your social media pages directly through Gamecaster.

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.

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.
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.
• Twin Turbo M.2 64Gb/s + Turbo U.2 ready + USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C + Type-A combo + 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; 11 levels of easy overclocking.
• GAMING Hotkey: Assign macros, launch your favorite games or do real-time overclocking using a single button.
• Designed for overclocking: with OC Essentials and OC Engine 2.
• XSplit Gamecaster v2: 1 year free premium license to show off your skills and achievements to 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 Steel Armor: Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports NVIDIA SLI™ & AMD Crossfire™.
• Click BIOS 5: Award-winning brand new Click BIOS 5 with high resolution scalable font.
• BIOS Flashback+: Easy BIOS recovery without the need of a CPU, memory and VGA card.
• 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 (4x16GB)
Graphics Connectors
  • DVI-D
  • HDMI
Graphics Interface PCIe 3.0 (x16)
SLI Support 2 Way SLi
Crossfire Support 3 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
  • Intel® Smart Response Technology
  • NVMe Boot (via M.2 Slot)
  • NVMe Boot (via PCIe 3.0 Slot)
  • RAID 0
  • RAID 1
  • RAID 10
  • RAID 5
Water Cooled No
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x M.2, S3 (M), 2242/2260/2280, PCIe/SATA
  • 4 x PCIe 3.0 x1
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth)
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 Bandwidth)
Internal I/O
  • 1 x 2-Digit debug code LED
  • 1 x 24pin (V)
  • 3 x 4pin Fan (V)
  • 1 x 8pin (V)
  • 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 2 x CPU Fan Header (4-pin)
  • 1 x FP Audio Header
  • 2 x Front Panel Connector
  • 2 x SATA Express (Compatible with 2x SATA 6.0 Gbps)
  • 2 x SATA III - 6Gb/s
  • 1 x Serial (COM) Header
  • 1 x Slow Mode Switch
  • 1 x TPM Header
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header
Back Panel
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 2 x Audio I/O
  • 1 x DVI-D
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x Line In
  • 1 x Line Out
  • 1 x Mic-In
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo
  • 1 x SPDIF Out (Optical)
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C
Warranty

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Details
Duration:
36 months
Type:
Return to base
DOA Period:
28 days
RTB Period:
36 months
Manufacturer Contact Details
Manufacturer:
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Telephone:
0871 472 4747
Reviews
Rated 4 out of 5 by 3 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by very good product this motherboard is very good, however it has one big letdown for me , it wont let software access isamBUS or SMBus for speedfan which wont let it read voltages,fans, etc etc. and i really like the app to control fans. BUT then i had to find an alternative! and the BIOS now supports 0- 100% fan speed at 0-100c temp! which is new in msi bios.. all previous boards had 50+speed or 40+c ... other important things on this board : reinforced pcie slots debug LED(display current cpu temp)very visible now in the middle of my window. type_C usb for a new mobile i am planning to buy. overall good usb ports and the whole IO is good for my personal taste fan headers are in great positions on the board! 27 March 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Good but limited Build quality is good, bios a little confusing. My main concern is the networking; this board uses Gigabit Killer E2400 which works fine in Windows. However there appear to be no drivers anywhere for Linux, which does not recognise it. In sum: if you only ever use Windows, a reasonable board, but if you use any Linux OS, look elsewhere. 25 December 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great board The board itself is very good, well designed and well made. The reinforced PCI slots are a highlight, as is m2 compatability. The software included lets it down a bit though. Unless you are very careful, Google toolbar and Norton gets automatically installed. The “gaming app" has some bugs also. The instructions are difficult to follow in places with poor grammar. 28 October 2015
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