Thursday, August 27th 2015

MSI Launches the Z170I Gaming Pro AC Mini-ITX Motherboard

MSI launched its premium socket LGA1151 motherboard for the mini-ITX form-factor, the Z170I Gaming Pro AC. The board offers a premium feature-set, including support for dual-channel DDR4 memory, with MSI's DDR4 Boost technology. It draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and conditions it using a 5-phase VRM. Expansion slots include a PCI-Express 3.0 x16, an mPCIe (for the WLAN card), and an M.2 (reverse side of the board), with PCI-Express 3.0 x4 wiring.

Storage connectivity includes an M.2 slot (reverse side of the PCB), with 32 Gb/s PCIe bandwidth, and four SATA 6 Gb/s ports, two of which convert to a SATA-Express 16 Gb/s connector. Display outputs include one each of DisplayPort and HDMI. Networking features include a gigabit Ethernet interface (Intel controller), 802.11 ac, and Bluetooth 4.0. The onboard audio solution packs an 8-channel 115 dBA SNR CODEC. There's also a USB 2.0 port specialized for USB headsets. Six USB 3.0 ports make for the rest of it.
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15 Comments on MSI Launches the Z170I Gaming Pro AC Mini-ITX Motherboard

#1
TheLostSwede
Actually, the Wi-Fi card is using an M.2 slot as well.

Not a bad looking board though, for what it is. Been years since I used MSI though.
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#2
Nokiron
What's up with that 8-pin connector though?
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#3
jboydgolfer
great looking board, im guessing it will run in the $110++ area...weird 8 pin location.
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#4
yun4l
Nokiron said:
What's up with that 8-pin connector though?
+1

and where's SYSFAN2 ?
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#5
RMX
Looks awesome! Found that it also has M.2 on the back which rocks;
[IMG]http://media.msi.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=132072&g2_serialNumber=1[/IMG]
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#6
MakeDeluxe
Man, I really hope that is just a bad picture of the mobo. I mean, how could they screw up with the 8-pin's placement like that :confused:
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#7
Lionheart
I know many ppl are over the black & red colour scheme but man that looks sexy as f..k! :D
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#8
GhostRyder
This board...Man that is a good looking MITX board!!!

I really want one, but I need to see first if it has the voltage for the CPU unlocked before I would be interested.
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#9
Fx
In general, I don't like the color red, but this board would look pretty sweet with an AMD R9 Nano.
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#10
deemon
MakeDeluxe said:
Man, I really hope that is just a bad picture of the mobo. I mean, how could they screw up with the 8-pin's placement like that :confused:
and you think they re-touch only ugly celebrities? :p it's called "photoshop fail motherboard edition" :)
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#11
lZKoce
That is some sick board....gj MSI.
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#12
micropage7
MakeDeluxe said:
Man, I really hope that is just a bad picture of the mobo. I mean, how could they screw up with the 8-pin's placement like that :confused:
yeah, they should give more space for than pins, or simple way just move the heatsink left a little or cut it to make more room



but anyway i like that board, small form factor, many satas, and simple (no add on board)
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#13
RMX
seems they released the wrong photos, I got this from their forums;
[IMG]http://media.msi.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=132143&g2_serialNumber=2[/IMG]
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#14
deemon
RMX said:
Looks awesome! Found that it also has M.2 on the back which rocks;
[IMG]http://media.msi.com/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=132072&g2_serialNumber=1[/IMG]
ONLY PROBLEM with this is, that... the only currently available fast M.2 SSD (Samsung SM951) is 2280, but the slot on the MSI board supports only 2242 and 2260 cards. So it's like ... what? Why?
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#15
Fx
deemon said:
ONLY PROBLEM with this is, that... the only currently available fast M.2 SSD (Samsung SM951) is 2280, but the slot on the MSI board supports only 2242 and 2260 cards. So it's like ... what? Why?
Wow! I can't believe they would do that. It doesn't make any sense. I really wanted this board until I found that out because I wouldn't be able to mount the Samsung 950 Pro.
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