MSI Z170A GAMING M7 Intel Z170 LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe USB 3.1 ATX

MSI Z170A GAMING M7 Intel Z170 LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe USB 3.1 ATX

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The MSI® Z170A GAMING M7 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 M7 motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

By fully isolating the memory circuitry from other components, DDR4 Boost ensures the memory signal to stay pure for maximum performance and stability.

Generate more FPS in games! Use the Game Boost dial with automated overclocking settings that goes up to eleven and reach for 5GHz.

The ultimate audio solution for gamers, powered by Nahimic Audio Enhancer. With dual OPA1652 AMPs and metal EMI Shielding you get breathtaking sound quality.

MSI GAMING LAN is powered by the KillerTM LAN E2400 Network Controller featuring intelligent AES 2.0 to automatically prioritize games above other applications. GAMING LAN uses LAN Protect with 15KV anti-surge protection for safety, highlighted with a red LED in the LAN port.

Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® Processors
CPU socket LGA 1151
Intel® Z170 Chipset
Graphics interface - 3 * PCI-E 3.0 x16, Steel Armor PCI-E slots, 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI®, 3-Way AMD CrossFire™ support
Display Interface - 1 * DisplayPort, 2 * HDMI - Requires Processor Graphics
Memory support - 4 DIMMs, Dual Channel DDR4-3600+(OC)
Expansion slots - 4 * PCI-E x1 slots
M.2 / SATA - 2 * M.2 32 Gb/s, 6 * SATA 6 Gb/s (4 ports reserved for SATA Express)
SATA RAID - RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 - Available on SATA1 to SATA6
USB - 1 * USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C, 1 * USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A, 6* USB 3.1 Gen1, 7 * USB 2.0
LAN - 1 * Killer™ E2400 Gigabit LAN
Audio - 8-channel Audio Boost 3 with Nahimic




Product Description
MSI Z170A GAMING M7 - motherboard - ATX - LGA1151 Socket - Z170
Product Type
Motherboard - ATX
Chipset Type
Intel Z170
Processor Socket
1 x LGA1151 Socket
Compatible Processors
Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7
Max RAM Size
64 GB
RAM Supported
4 DIMM slots - DDR4, non-ECC, unbuffered
Storage Ports
6 x SATA-600 (RAID), 2 x SATA Express port, 2 x M.2
USB / FireWire Ports
1 x USB-C Gen 2 + 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 + 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 + 3 x USB 2.0 + (4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 + 4 x USB 2.0 via headers)
HD Audio (8-channel)
Gigabit Ethernet



Product Type
Motherboard - ATX
Chipset Type
Intel Z170
Processor Socket
LGA1151 Socket
Max Processors Qty
Compatible Processors
Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7

Supported RAM

Max Size
64 GB
Bus Clock
2400 MHz, 2133 MHz, 2800 MHz (O.C.), 2600 MHz (O.C.), 3000 MHz (O.C.), 3200 MHz (O.C.), 3600 MHz (O.C.)
Supported RAM Integrity Check
Registered or Buffered
Dual channel memory architecture, Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP)


HD Audio (8-channel)
Audio Codec
Realtek ALC1150
Compliant Standards
High Definition Audio


Network Controller
Killer Gaming E2400
Network Interfaces
Gigabit Ethernet

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Slots
1 x CPU , 4 x DIMM 288-pin , 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (dual: x8 mode; triple: x8, x8, x4 or x8, x8, x2 modes; single card: x16 mode) , 4 x PCIe 3.0 x1
Storage Interfaces
SATA-600 / PCIe 3.0 -connectors: 6 x 7pin SATA, 2 x SATA Express port - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5 , SATA-600 / PCIe 3.0 -connectors: 2 x M.2 - RAID 0 / RAID 1
RAID Features
Intel Smart Response Technology
1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) , 3 x USB 2.0 , 2 x HDMI , 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 , 1 x DisplayPort , 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack , 1 x microphone - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (rear) - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (center/subwoofer) - mini-jack , 1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse , 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 , 1 x USB-C Gen2 , 1 x TOSLINK
Internal Interfaces
4 x USB 2.0 - header , 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 - header , 1 x audio - header
Power Connectors
24-pin main power connector, 8-pin ATX12V connector


BIOS Features
DMI support, UEFI BIOS, BIOS FlashBack+, MSI ClickBIOS 5
Hardware Features
Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) support, NVIDIA 2-way SLI Technology Support, Hi-c CAP, Super Charger, Fanless Design Heatsink, AMD 3-way CrossFireX technology support, Easy Button 3, Clear CMOS Button, MSI Gaming Device Port, MSI Guard-Pro, Debug LED, Nahimic Audio Enhacer, MSI Steel Armor, MSI Audio Boost 3, Game Boost, MSI Military Class V, LAN Protect, Double ESD Protection, OC Engine 2, OC Essentials, V-Check Points 2 Lite, SteelSeries Certified (SSC)


Included Accessories
"Do-Not-Disturb" door hanger, case badge, cable labels, I/O back cover
Software Included
RAMdisk, MSI Gaming App, MSI Gaming Hotkey
Compliant Standards
Plug and Play
30.5 cm
24.4 cm

Customer reviews

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5* Future Proof Motherboard
Reviewed by John on 13/08/2015
This board looks beautiful. Everything worked flawlessly and it was very easy to configure. This is my first time building a computer too!! All the important future-proof features for the next few years like m.2, high-clock memory speeds (3600mhz), and the full set of slots for 64gb of ram.
5* Superb Board
Reviewed by Bill Jones on 07/08/2015
It looks amazing. Was very impressed with the quality of this board. It also has a very nice appearance that went perfect with the rest of my build.

The layout was also very nice as the finished product allowed for MUCH better cable management than my previous ASUS board. Nice stable board has tons of features which is great and it has USB 3.1 which is great future proof and DDR4. M2 port and tons of sata too. Love it all around.

5* Great Performance
Reviewed by Mark on 11/08/2015
This motherboard is absolutely FANTASTIC. Not a single issue. It’s working great with my i5-6600k at 4.8 GHz! The BIOS is very easy to update and also easy to navigate. It is a really great first Intel board! Fast, feature packed, and perfect for gaming. I'm not sure I'll ever want to buy boards from anyone else. If you're building a gaming PC and want to get as much value for your money as you can, the Gaming M7 is the way to go.
5* Very happy with this board
Reviewed by Jim on 07/08/2015
I’m impressed by their packaging very sleek and top quality, not many companies worry about something like that.

The box includes their drivers and utilities but I know they have additional BIOS updates on their website as well. The board booted up perfectly no problems the BIOS set up was pretty easy and straight forward. Loving the red and matte black combo - paired it with a MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4GB video card so everything flows nicely.
5* Great board for the price
Reviewed by Victor on 10/08/2015
The spacing for the graphic cards suck when running two or more. This board has a nice list of features, lots of ports, and is a great quality board for the price. I haven't had any issues with the board - its rock solid. Looks great in my black C70 case.
5* Impressed
Reviewed by Cal on 07/08/2015
This Motherboard will not disappoint!! Well worth the expense of a first rate Motherboard. No issues at all so far. 'Game Boost' worked like a charm. Pushed the board, processor, RAM hard and it didn't even flinch. Of course I got it in a Full ATX case with plenty of room, and water cooled also so you wouldn't expect any issues.

The Killer E2400 is just incredible for streaming, downloading, uploading, just great. Plenty of USB 3.1 and the sound is just as advertised, loud, crisp and clear. The BIOS is so well crafted, it even shows you what is plugged and where. This is such a nice motherboard you better get a great case that displays it proudly.
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