MSI Z170A Gaming M7 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

Z170A Gaming M7 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

  • Skylake 6th Gen
  • DDR4
  • 3x PCIE x16
  • 4x PCIE x1
  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s
  • SATA-Express
  • M.2 (SATA/PCIE)
  • Gigabit LAN
  • 7.1 HD Audio
  • 1x USB3.1
  • 6x USB3.0
  • 7x USB2.0
  • 1x 5Gb/s USB Type C
  • Crossfire/SLI
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Stock Code: MB-304-MS

EAN: 4719072412784

MPN: 7976-001R

Manufacturer: MSI

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Z170A Gaming M7 Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

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 Killer 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.


CPU Supports 6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors, and Intel Pentium and Celeron processors for Socket LGA1151
Chipset Intel Z170 Express Chipset
Memory - 4x DIMMs, max. 64GB, DDR4 3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz
- Dual channel memory architecture
- Supports ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Slots 3x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 slots* (support x16, x8/x8, x8/x8/x4 or x8/ x8/x2 modes)
4x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x1 slots
*Steel Armour PCIe slots 1 and 2 have more solder points on the PCB for more strength and protects the PCI-Express signals against electromagnetic interference
Multi-GPU Support Supports 2-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology
Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFire Technology
Onboard Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor - Intel HD Graphics support
Multi-VGA output support: 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI ports
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @24Hz / 2560 x 1600 @60Hz
- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution of 4096 x 2304 @24Hz / 2560x1600@60Hz / 3840x2160@60Hz / 1920x1200@60Hz
Storage - Intel Z170 Express Chipset with RAID**** and supports Intel Smart Response Technology
- 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports* (4 ports reserved for SATAe)
- 2x M.2 slots* supports PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6Gb/s standards, 4.2cm/ 6cm/ 8cm length M.2 SSD cards.
- Supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe Mini-SAS SSD with Turbo U.2 Host Card**
- 2x SATAe port (PCIe 3.0 x2) ***
* M.2, SATA and SATAe ports maximum support 1x M.2_PCIe + 6x SATAs or 1x M.2_SATA + 1x M.2_PCIe + 4x SATAs. Please refer to page 35 for M.2 slots with examples of various combination possibilities
** The Turbo U.2 Host Card is not included, please purchase separately
*** SATAe port is backward compatible with SATA
***** Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices. Supports RAID 0 and RAID1 for M.2 PCIe storage devices (M.2 PCIe RAID volume can be created with UEFI BIOS)
USB Intel Z170 Express Chipset
- 6x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connector)
- 7x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (3 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
- 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) port on the back panel (ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset)
- 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port on the back panel (ASMedia ASM1142 Chipset)
Audio Realtek ALC1150 8-channel Audio Boost 3 with Nahimic
Nahimic Audio Enhancer: Immersive sound quality that pushes the limits of reality
Audio Boost 3: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality
Supports S/PDIF output
LAN Killer E2400 Gigabit LAN
Dimensions ATX form factor: 30.5 cm x 24.4cm)


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Great product with a load of features if you need them

I upgraded to this motherboard from an Asus motherboard, and it exceeded all my expectations. Just screw it in and plug your components, booted right up. The UEFI is point-and-click, so very easy to use. I hadn't had any prior experience with overclocking processor before, but EZ mode made it simple to get a nice stable overclock going. At first I wasn't very sure about the Ethernet controller, I hadn't heard of it before, but I haven't had any problems with it. Working great with my i5 6600k at 4.0GHz, 970 GTX and 16GB of DDR4 RAM.

Nice selection of ports (USB 2.0/3.1 Gen 1 and 2/Type C), slots (Can 2-way SLI and 3-way CrossFire, M.2 slots) and it's pretty darn good looking.

Ian Mal 2016-02-01

Solid, midrange gaming motherboard

Solidly built, good audio chip, no issues. Overclocks very well - Great easy to use bios. This was an upgrade from an ASUS Z97 motherboard and installation/setup was a breeze. I have to say this MSI board is better all round. Wise purchase indeed!


Amazing motherboard

Not much to say besides this is an amazing motherboard. Things fit where they needed to. Has plenty of features, and had no problems with install. Easy installation and configuration, well laid out, and excellent build quality. The BIOS is a huge bonus, easy overclocking (and advanced OC if you need/want it), changing boot devices is a snap, and navigation is intuitive.


Solid Quality

This is my first time buying an MSI product (I also bought a GTX 980 from MSI to go with this board) but I've always heard good things about the quality of their products and I wasn't disappointed. Everything from the box and packaging to the motherboard itself is well-made and solid. Installation went off without a hitch and I am currently running a stable, safe overclock to 4.8 gig with no issues whatsoever. Driver installation was painless, everything works fine, not much else to ask for.


Awesome Sauce

Price to feature set is great.

Neat debug display gives you info without digging too far.

Fired up without any issues. Had MSI boards before and never had an issue. Everything worked after installing their MSI drivers.


Awesome Sauce

Price to feature set is great.

Neat debug display gives you info without digging too far.

Fired up without any issues. Had MSI boards before and never had an issue. Everything worked after installing their MSI drivers.


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Awards & Media Coverage

  • KitGuru - Worth Buying

    "If you’re in the market for a high-end Z170 motherboard to partner your Core i7-6700K CPU, MSI’s well-balanced Z170A Gaming M7 will not be a disappointment."

  • eTeknix - Innovation

    "The MSI Z170A Gaming M7 offers one of the best Z170 experiences, combining great performance with great looks and an absolutely huge and innovative feature set."

  • Vortez - Gold

    "The Gaming M7 brings stellar performance in a luxurious shell. This motherboard is jam-packed with features allowing gamers (and enthusiasts) to get the most out of their Skylake CPU."

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