MSI Z170A GAMING XPOWER TITANIUM ATX Motherboard

MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM Ed, Intel Z170, S 1151, DDR4, SATAe, M.2 (PCIe/SATA), SLi/CrossFire, GbE, USB 3.1, 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 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.

Titanium Strength
Titanium on the in- & outside. To deliver the best performance, this motherboard is designed with Titanium strengthened PCB and Titanium chokes.

Unique Silver Design Ready For Anything
The MSI® Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM motherboard is designed to provide gamers and overclockers something truly unique. Best-in-class features, technology and design ensure the best gaming and overclocking experience. Stunning looks, backed by the MSI Dragon, the Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to perfection.

Heavy Plated Silver Heatsink Design
Silver heavy played premium heatsinks make sure your system stays cool during even the longest overclocking or gaming sessions.

Unique Silver Design
This awesome looking protective shield helps to keep the audio signal pure, preventing interference from other components.

OC Dashboard
Featuring a no compromise dedicated OC Dashboard, matched in silver, (extreme) overclocking was never easier.

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.

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.

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.

Studio Grade Sound With Audio Boost 3: Nahimic
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

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:

This One Goes Up To Eleven: 1-second overclocking with Game Boost!
Need more FPS? Need more CPU and memory power? With Game Boost’ one-second overclocking option we're giving you even more performance. Just turn the dial and your PC gets another adrenalin shot. With Game Boost going up to eleven , a performance increase up to 5GHz is possible!

Gaming Hotkey
Gaming Hotkey, with a dedicated hardware chip, enables more functionality using your own keyboard. Simply assign functions or macros to any key and turn your PC on/off, 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 16 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
• MSI® Smart keys: Quick launch of mail, browser or more
• Login Keys: One press to login (program passwords)

2x Faster MSI USB 3.1 Gen2
Transferring your favorite games, music and movies over USB has never been faster. USB 3.1 enables lightning fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s!

Benefits:
• 2X faster than USB 3.0.
• 20X faster than USB 2.0.
• Up to 10Gbps data transfer bandwidth.
• Boost transfer rate for your PC and peripherals.

Direct USB
Direct USB allows for faster and more convenient ways of saving scores, flashing the BIOS and installing drivers & software when using an open test bed.

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.

USB 3.1 Gen1
With a cleverly placed USB 3.1 gen1 front pin header on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to 2 USB 3.1 gen1 devices directly to 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.

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.

Motherboard Supports NVM Express

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!

• Copper Contact Cooling
• Extreme Socket Design
• Premium Power Phases
• DIGITALL Power
• OC PCB Design
• 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!

External Overclocking Made Easy
Featuring a no compromise dedicated OC Dashboard, extreme LN2 overclocking was never easier. OC Dashboard features all the tools needed to break records; DirectOC +/-, Slow Mode, Fast Boot and Complete Discharge. Experience easier on-the-fly overclocking under the most extreme conditions without worrying about freezing of the onboard overclocking buttons.

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.

Easy Button 3
Allowing fast and easy reset and power up / power down of your system while overclocking. The buttons are conviently placed and light up so you can easily find them in a dark environment.

Direct OC
A set of + and – buttons allows you to adjust your Base Clock in real time, even during benchmarking. The Direct OC software and onboard switch allows you to select 1 MHz or 0.1 MHz increments.

V-Check Points 2
Accurately monitor your voltages while overclocking. V-Check points 2 supports up to 3 multimeters at once for optimal monitoring of voltages.

MultiBIOS II
With a flick of the switch you can change between different BIOS chips for testing or recovery when one BIOS crashes. An easy LED next to the chip shows which BIOS is active.

Go2BIOS
Entering a BIOS can be a frustrating job. Because nowadays motherboards boot Lightning fast, we added the GO2BIOS button. Simply push it before you start or restart your system and you'll go straight to the system BIOS upon (re)boot.

Debug LED
A 2-Digit Debug LED is present for easy diagnostics. While operational it also displays the CPU package temperature.

Clear CMOS Button
Conveniently placed on the backside of the motherboard, the Clear CMOS button lets you easily reset the BIOS when your overclocking attempts failed. Saving you the hassle from opening your case and removing the jumper.

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.

Complete Discharge
A true factory reset! Holding this button for 2 seconds completely wipes your motherboard from all settings, where the CLR CMOS still leaves some settings behind.

CeaseFire
With MSI CeaseFire, it is very easy to disable one of the PCI-E x16 slots without the need of removing the cards, using just a flick of the switch. While overclocking, switching from Quad SLI™ to (Triple) SLI™ was never easier.

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, DrMOS mosfet, Hi-c CAP and Dark CAP ensure that your PC runs stable under extreme gaming conditions.

DrMOS
DrMOS is the next-gen Mosfet which is used to deliver the power for the CPU. MSI DrMOS does not waste power, stays cool and is more power efficient than other power saving solutions. DrMOS is a 3-in-1 chip that delivers much more power with less components needed. This solution gives you the power to break world records.

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.

Guard-Pro
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

SLi / CrossFire Support
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.

MSI® VGA Armor with Reinforced, Heavy Soldered Connections is up to 35% Stronger than VGA slots with no Strengthening.

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.
• Sharp, hi-res, scalable design.

Easy BIOS recovery
Run into trouble after updating your BIOS? Simply flash an old version back and continue gaming within minutes using BIOS Flashback+. You can even use BIOS Flashback+ without the CPU, memory or graphics card!

• No CPU/DDR/VGA required.
• Connect power.
• Insert dongle with BIOS file.
• Use Flashback button/hotkey.

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.

Your Game, Your Stream, Your Fame
XSplit Gamecaster & Broadcaster V2 lets you easily record your gaming moments and broadcast your live gameplay sessions 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.

Record & Stream: Use XSplit Gamecaster to stream all of your gaming activities.
Video Editor: Edit your recordings and conquer the world.
Realtime Notes: Draw attention whilst casting with in-game annotations.
TriDef SmartCam: Fully automatic chroma key that can work on any background.
Adaptive Bitrate: Automatically adjusts your bitrate according to your network conditions.
Game Detection: Game Capture Auto Detect allows for automatic streaming when starting a game.

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 Editions
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.

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.

Package Content
Besides an abundance of necessary cables and connectors, you also get a cool Do-Not-Disturb door-hanger, a slick GAMING case badge and a stylish all black GAMING I/O shield. Features • Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket.
• Supports DDR4-3600+(OC) Memory.
• OC DASHBOARD: Experience easier on-the-fly overclocking under the most extreme condition.
• 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-A + SATA 6Gb/s.
• GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel®: 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; 8 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 v2.5: 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
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
Graphics Interface PCIe 3.0 (x16)
SLI Support 2 Way SLi
Crossfire Support 4 Way CrossFireX
Audio  
Network Interface Type  
Network Interface Chip/Modules  
SATA SATA Express/SATA3 6Gb/s
RAID Support via SATA
Storage Mode Support  
Water Cooled No
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x M.2, S3 (M), 2242/2260/2280, PCIe
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 Bandwidth)
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x8 Bandwidth)
Internal I/O
  • 1 x 2-Digit debug code LED
  • 1 x 24pin (V)
  • 1 x 4pin (V)
  • 3 x 4pin Fan (V)
  • 1 x 6-pin PCIe Bus Power Connector
  • 1 x 8pin (V)
  • 1 x BIOS FLASHBACK+ button
  • 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
  • 2 x CPU Fan Header (4-pin)
  • 1 x FP Audio Header
  • 2 x Front Panel Connector
  • 1 x GAME BOOST button
  • 1 x HOTKEY switch
  • 1 x Multi-BIOS switch
  • 1 x OC DASHBOARD connector
  • 1 x PCIe CeaseFire switch
  • 1 x Power button
  • 1 x Reset Button
  • 2 x SATA Express (Compatible with 2x SATA 6.0 Gbps)
  • 4 x SATA III - 6Gb/s
  • 1 x TPM Header
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Header
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Port
Back Panel
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 (LAN)
  • 2 x Audio I/O
  • 1 x Clear CMOS Button
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2 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)
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x USB 2.0 BIOS FLASHBACK+ port
  • 1 x USB 2.0 HOTKEY port
  • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A
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:
Scan
Telephone:
0871 472 4747
Reviews
Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by sublime and excellent value Admittedly was reticent shifting from Gigabyte mobos but neednt have worried. Built quality and reliability second to none. Good bios support. OCed 6700k to 4.5ghx by just changing voltage to 1.28v. Absolute breeze. 12 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sleek, Elegant, Powerful This board is exactly what someone would expect from high-quality, gaming, motherboard. For experienced builders, this board is FANTASTIC. With the latest Intel chipset you get support for 6th-gen Core processors and DDR4. Two M.2 connectors on PCIe 3.0 x4 busses allows for the installation of two supremely fast SSDs - with room for up to two more super fast SSDs in the PCIe 3.0 slots. Up to 8 SATA devices are available across two controllers. Two PCIe 3.0 slots share x16 lanes, while the third shares 4x lanes with the second M.2 slot. 4, dual-channel DDR4 slots support memory speeds higher than anything readily available at the moment. Overall, this board supports so many incredible hardware combinations that an experienced builder will have a field day designing and building a machine off this device. This board will not make you breakfast/lunch/dinner. But it does everything you need a motherboard to do and then some. 25 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by nuanced perfection expensive - yes, perfect - almost, visually stunning - yes. Basically this motherboard may not be the most affordable route to skylake nivarna but it packs a visual punch and as long as you are not hellbent on a multi gpu solution, or obsessed by an excessive number of drives, it is a really sound m.2, overclockable platform. Hardware overlocks are clearly barking but the software tolls are eminently accessible so no real issues and the board looks 'sick'. 19 November 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by Beautiful, but some design flaws Overall, I am underwhelmed by this motherboard. On the positive side: • It is stunningly beautiful (although personally I do not really care since I have a closed case). • The packaging is very good and everything has a premium feel. • The ability to flash the BIOS via USB was a life saver, as I am using a Samsung M.2 LVMe drive, which was not recognised until I updated the BIOS this way. • I love Click BIOS. On the negative side: • The SLI x 16 slot is too close to the CPU socket, so my heatsink (Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3) is pretty much touching the graphics car. In fact, I had to insulate some parts of the heatsink with electric tape to prevent against the risk of short circuits to the graphics card. • The first M.2 slot is positioned right under both the graphics card and the CPU Heatsink, so it will be very difficult to add a drive later and it will also get very little air flow, leading to overheating. • The board needs a total of 4 power feeds (24 pin ATX + 8 pin CPU + 4 pin CPU + 6 pin graphics), requiring a Power supply with lots of connectors. I had a perfectly fine Corsair RM650i, which I had to swap for an overkill RM850i just to get enough connectors. • After flashing the BIOS, the Samsung M.2 NVMe SSD is working and I could Install Windows, however it still does not appear in the BIOS. • Personally, I see little use for the hardware overclocking module. • I was a bit disappointed by the software utilities (apart from the BIOS) and one feature is not working in Windows 10 (OSD of fan speed, CPU load, temperatures, FPS, etc.) I bought this motherboard because it is the only sort of affordable model within the MSI range with 2 x M.2 slots connected to 4 lanes of PCIe (the M5 and M7 stupidly have one PCIe and one SATA M.2 slots). But since the first M.2 slot is practically unusable, in the end it is useless for that purpose and I now regret not purchasing instead the AsRock Extreme7 or OC Formula, which both have 3 x M.2 slots and are roughly the same price, although admittedly the hardware & software both look a bit more basic. This is what made me choose MSI over AsRock initially, but I should have picked the better design over the better look & feel. Maybe if you are a hardcore overclocker (I am just a casual one) this board is better suited to you, but then again if you are looking for ultimate performance you will probably also use a large heatsink and want at some point to run 2 x M.2 NVMe drives in RAID0, in which case you will also be disappointed by this board. 21 October 2015
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