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MSI - Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

( 4.8 Average / 43 Ratings )




Part #



Black / White

Form Factor


CPU Socket



Intel Z170

Memory Slots

4 x 288-pin DIMM

Memory Type

DDR4-2133 / 2400 / 2800 / 3000 / 3200 / 3600

Maximum Supported Memory

64 GB

RAID Support


Onboard Video

Depends on CPU

CrossFire Support


SLI Support


SATA 6 Gb/s


SATA Express


Onboard Ethernet

1 x 1000 Mbit/s

Onboard USB 3.0 Header(s)


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Shibs 31 points 35 months ago
from completed build RGB Sloth

This motherboard is great. The BIOS is incredibly easy to navigate, and the the theme is gorgeous. The 3X version ensures that the SATA ports are faced sideways, as opposed to earlier versions where they were up and down. This means if you use a second GPU then the ports don't get blocked. I love this motherboard and highly recommend it.

AmatisP1me 25 points 33 months ago
from completed build Black Pearl

Great Mobo and looks even better in the case. POSTed on first try. BIOS seems pretty simple as well. FINALLY something from MSI that ins't red. I won't lie, when you are shopping for this mobo online, it doesn't seem like the #1 choice. In fact it looks super janky online. When you get it in your hands, you truly see how well built this motherboard is. It is a real tank, especially since I may have been a bit rough on it putting it the case on the standoffs.

The only real con I would say is that installing any PSU headers were either hard to put in, or did not feel secure. But they all were in the end.

Also, I didn't order the R6 version from Amazon. I just ordered the normal one, but thats the one I got. Not complaining, I got a free game!

joeninja 14 points 33 months ago
from completed build White Phantom

I could not decided between this or the Asus z170-a. It literally took me about 2 weeks to finally decide with the help of the krait going on sale. Have to say, no complaints and I love the aesthetics. The UEFI was super easy to use and navigate and allows super easy overclocks and XMP profiles.

VerdixLegacy 23 points 33 months ago
from completed build FTW Legacy

No problems yet and easy to work with.

Hionmaiden 15 points 32 months ago
from completed build White & Black

Not the best Z170A motherboard out there, but it fits my color scheme and surprisingly overclocked my chip well. Had a few hiccups when I first got it which was the drivers fault, but everything has been smooth sailing since

Minky7 15 points 31 months ago
from completed build White Prism

I LOVE this Motherboard! It looks great, overclocks great, has metal reinforced pci-e brackets, has USB 3.1 type A and C, and many other things! All in all a great board!

Cosmo_Canyon 230 points 30 months ago
from completed build Polaris

?k motherboard.Some weird sata but you can work around it.

Four_Balls 51 points 30 months ago
from completed build Regularised & Mesmerised

A nice looking mother board that also worked really well for my monochrome build. The BIOS have been fairly easy to navigate so far.

Sm0k33z 24 points 30 months ago
from completed build Happy as Clams ... Thnx PCP!

Again, all we need and bios super easy to navigate. Good oc options.

Nicz 20 points 30 months ago

The board is black and white and reviews are pretty good.