MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z170A Motherboard Review

MSI Enthuastic Gaming Intel Z170A LGA 1151 DDR4 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium Edition)

UPDATED: 10/21/16 

When it comes to gaming, it really does pay to be a little picky when it comes to choosing a motherboard. Having a quality motherboard means an uninterrupted gaming experience.

You may have the best processor, graphic card or even RAM but the motherboard that houses everything can make or break your gaming computer.

Choosing a motherboard can be a little daunting if you are a first time or casual gamer. However, there are definitely some factors you should consider if you are planning to build a gaming computer that will meet all of your preferences.

There are motherboards that support all or many of the features you want in your gaming computer right down to the LED lighting you want.

There are definitely many brands available on the market today that will answer your needs including the MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z170A ATX Motherboard.

This particular motherboard supports the 6th generation Intel Core Trade i7, i5 and i3. It has a maximum memory capacity of 64GB and features several slots. It also supports two multi-graphics, AMD 4-way CrossFireX and NAVIDIA 2-way SLI technology.

MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z170A Motherboard Review

Features

  • Brand: MSI
  • LGA1151, Supports 6th Generation Intel Core Trade i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium/ Celeron Processors
  • Memory: 4x DDR4-3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
  • Slots: 4x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (run at x16/x0/x0/x4 or x8/x0/x8/x4 or x8/x4/x4/x4), 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots
  • SATA: 8x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10; 2x SATA Express Ports (PCI-Express 3.0 x2)
  • Audio: Realtek ALC1150 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC, Supports S/PDIF Output

Pros

Those who have reviewed and used the MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z170A ATX Motherboard found the LEDs on this motherboard water block that shines outward from the top corner to be very neat. It shines under all four corners of the heatsink at the bottom and under the DAC shielding providing a nice effect when in a dark space.

With an ATX, they also liked the fact that it can support several slots. This means you have the ability to get 2 M.2 SSDs in PCIe 3.0 x4. You also have the option to use only one allowing you to use 2-way SLI. This flexibility is great depending on your preferences.

Another good feature that reviewers pointed out is the water block. This means they do not have to install an aftermarket one. This also adds to the overall look of the MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z170A ATX Motherboard.

On top of that, this particular motherboard also features two USB 3.0 front panel headers, one of which puts out more power. This means you are able to use the port to charge your phone or your tablet which can come in handy.

Some also liked the fact that the UEFI Bios of the MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z170A ATX Motherboard is very easy to navigate compared to other motherboards. You can easily manage the settings for XMP profiles, the overclocking feature or even the fan speed curves.

Cons

A few who have reviewed and used the MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z170A ATX Motherboard found that it can only support Intel processors designed for an LGA 1151 socket. This can limit use especially if you are planning to build your own PC.

It also only supports the 6th Generation Intel Core processor so anything under will pose a problem.

They also found it surprising that it is quite heavy. Unlike other motherboards on the market today, the MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z170A ATX Motherboard does have some weight to it. This may be due to the fact that it was built for stability and to be a little sturdier in case it gets knocked down, for any reason, it will be fine.

Some also found that it is not as durable as they would have liked it to be. They found that after a few months the motherboard would just die down. The computer would no longer boot and a lot of the time will not even go to the Bios settings.

Verdict

The MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z170A ATX Motherboard is a sturdy unit that supports many features.

It is a good option for both advanced users and casual gamers. Although there are some concerns in regards to its durability, the MSI Enthusiastic Gaming Intel Z170A ATX Motherboard is overall a well-built sturdy product.

Kris

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