MSI Z170A GAMING PRO (Intel LGA 1151) Review 8

MSI Z170A GAMING PRO (Intel LGA 1151) Review



MSI has a long history in the tech scene, so much so that - like so many others in the tech world - what they are now and what they were before are not the same, yet remain similar in so many ways. The success of these companies is highly dependent on meeting a customer's needs to a tee, which is a hard task when primarily dealing with enthusiasts.

When it comes to gaming enthusiasts in particular, there are said to be two different types: those who only buy Intel-based LAN products and those who don't care about who makes their LAN controller. As we all know, those who like Intel's options are pretty vocal in their support, and so, MSI has a GAMING board for them as well. Enter the MSI Z170A GAMING PRO.

The MSI Z170 GAMING PRO quite obviously has a "pro" set of features, including those Intel-based LAN chips. Gone is the Killer NIC, replaced with an Intel I219-V controller. The buttons that rarely get used are gone as well. Additional controllers to those really required? Not here. That also means the high price tag is gone, and what you are left with is a solid and reliable performance-oriented board with MSI's built-in GAMING DNA.


CPU SUPPORT:6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors and Intel Pentium/Celeron Processors for Socket LGA-1151
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 8 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z170 chipset
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependent on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB, up to DDR4-3600(OC)
BIOS:AMI UEFI BIOS with 128 Mb flash ROM
SLOTS:3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16, x8/x8, x8/x8/x4 or x8/x8/x2)
1 x PCI slot
3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (support RAID 0/1/5/10)
1x SATA Express port
1 x M.2 slots (PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
NETWORKING:1 x Intel I219 -V Gigabit LAN
REAR PORTS:4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
2 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x PS/2 mouse/keyboard port
5 x Audio jacks
1 x DVI port
2 x HDMI port
1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT port
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
FAN HEADERS:5 x 4-pin
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
  • DDR4 Boost
  • Mystic Light
  • EZ Debug LED
  • Audio Boost 3
  • MSI GAMING LAN w/ LAN Protect
  • Gaming Hotkey
  • Game Boost
  • Turbo M.2
  • OSB Streaming Software
  • Click BIOS 5
  • MSI Command Center
  • MSI RAMdisk
  • MSI Gaming APP w/ FPS Counter
  • MSI Live Update 6


I really love MSI's new box designs. That hint of a supercar with just a few simple logos to explain what the board is about and the name on front pretty much is perfection in my eyes. The rear of the box is covered in more information and includes a picture of the board itself.

I flipped open the lid to find the usual MTC papers and such with the board, and below that, separated by some cardboard, I found its accessories.
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