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

Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon 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
  • 2x USB3.1
  • 6x USB3.0
  • 8x USB2.0
  • Crossfire/SLI
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Stock Code: MB-317-MS

EAN: 4719072447311

MPN: 7A12-003R

Manufacturer: MSI

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Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon Intel Z170 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

- Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1151 socket
- Supports DDR4-3600+(OC) Memory
- DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
- USB 3.1 Gen2 2X FASTER: USB 3.1 Gen2 offers performance twice as fast as a regular USB 3.0 connection
- Turbo M.2 32Gb/s + Turbo U.2 ready + USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C + Type-A combo + SATA Express 10 Gb/s
- Mystic Light: Customize and set up your own color scheme with GAMING APP to make your PC look & feel brand new!
- GAMING LAN with LAN Protect, powered by Intel® : The best online gaming experience with lowest latency
- Audio Boost 3: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality
- Nahimic Audio Enhancer: Immersive sound quality that pushes the limits of reality
- Military Class 5: The latest evolution in high quality components featuring the brand new Titanium Chokes
- Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency
- MULTI-GPU with Steel Armor: Steel Armor PCI-E slots. Supports NVIDIA SLI™ & AMD Crossfire™
- OBS Streaming software: Share your gaming achievements with the world!
- Game Boost: Generate more FPS in games with 1 push of a button
- EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
- Overvoltage Protection:Prevent Unforeseen Damage
- GAMING Hotkey: Launch your favorite games with a single button
- Click BIOS 5: Award-winning brand new Click BIOS 5 with high resolution scalable font
- SteelSeries Certified: Optimized for SteelSeries gaming gear
- GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game testing by eSports players for the best gaming experience


CPU Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors, and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors for Socket LGA1151
Chipset Z170 Chipset
Memory 4 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 64GB, supports DDR4 3600(OC)/ 3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz, Dual channel memory architecture
Onboard Graphics Outputs 1 x HDMI™ port, support a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz, 2560x1600@60Hz
1 x DVI-D port, support a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
Multi-GPU Support Supports 3-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology
Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
PCI Slots 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (support x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4 modes)
4 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
Storage Intel® Z170 Chipset
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports* (2 ports reserved for SATA Express port)
Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
1 x M.2 slot
- Supports PCIe 3.0 x 4 and SATA 6Gb/s standards,4.2cm/ 6cm/ 8cm length M.2 SSD cards
- Supports PCIe 3.0 x 4 NVMe Mini-SAS SSD with Turbo U.2 Host Card

1 x SATAe port (PCIe 3.0 x2)
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors
USB ASMedia® ASM1142 Chipset
- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 (SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps) ports on the back panel

Intel® Z170 Chipset
- 6 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors)
- 8 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)
Audio Realtek® ALC1150 Codec, 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
LAN 1 x Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN controller
Form Factor 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm), ATX Form Factor


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All Time (10)

Good mix of features and price

Originally I was going to buy an Asus pro gaming, but due to the audio issues I decided to look elsewhere.

This motherboard was the best mix of features and price for my i7 6700K and 32Gb build.

Easy to install and full size unlike some other ATX boards that are out at the moment.

The only issue I had was while installing was the capacitors around the CPU socket are tall and I was worrying about installing my Dark Rock 3 cooler, but in the end they didn't get in the way, but something to be aware of.

The only real negative I feel is the omission of a display port, however if you are buying a graphics card then this also will not be an issue.

Running Hyperx fury RAM, 4 x 8Gb modules and the board handles with ease.

All in all I would recommend the board.

Paddy McNee 2016-08-31

Fantastic Motherboard

The MSI Z170A GAMING PRO Carbon is the 1st MSI product i have purchased and it won't be the last, (also purchased a msi gtx 1070 gaming x). The quality is really good and the RGB lighting effects really add to the build i was trying to achieve.
It is rock solid currently running a 6700k @4.5ghz which was easy to achieve thanks to the easy user friendly uefi which gives me access to lots of features eg: individual fan control, 1 click xmp for ram and oc profiles. I also enjoy the audio boost feature on this motherboard.
I would not hesitate to recommend this motherboard to any of my friends or family.

David Cobley 2016-08-06

Great Mobo for the Price

This board was the first board to go in my very first build that a built a few weeks ago.

Nearly a month later, it keeps impressing me.
As a beginner to computers, i thought my reading and research would only get me so far, but the Click Bios 5 was exceptional to use and with a bit more research, i got my first overclocks. 4.6ghz on a 6600k and 3200 mhz on an 8 gig kit of hyper x savage rated at 3000 mhz.

This board was aesthetically pleasing too, the clean look of the carbon printing over the chipset and the vrms, accompanied by the matte black finish and red leds (the ones on the right hand side being fully rgb) really set the tone of my build (a phanteks enthoo pro m and a be quiet! dark rock advanced c1 heatsink). Not to mention the steel supports around the first two pci-e 16x and 8x slots.

No complaints whatsoever on this board. Great job MSI. And thanks for keeping the cost down for consumers.

Arwel Williams 2016-07-25

Value For Money. Beats Higher Priced Boards

This board is excellent performance for the money. It beats, in CPU and GPU test, even the m5, m7, and even the m9, matching and beating in areas.

I quite like the carbon look, which makes a change from the usual black and red. The RGB is a nice subtle touch also. The military class 5 components are an added bonus, giving peace of mind that it should last for a long time. The sound is also very good, with the added optical output at the back, and the segregated sound portion of the board, which I am testing outside of my sound card. The steel armor is also assuring that you are putting your GPU into something much more rigid, and prevents sag.

So far I can't complain. It seems excellent value for money. I am testing this on-going and am going to put it through more tests.

Ryan 2016-07-21

Excellent Performance vs Price

I could not really find a better value motherboard for the money. Many benchmarks point towards this having better cpu and gpu performance results, versus even the more expensive m5, m7, and even the m9 in most areas, and matching it in some others.

The carbon design is a nice choice and gives the freedom to add different colours to the board. Their military class 5 components are a good peace of mind for its reliability. The steel PCIe slot is very assuring, and has a more quality feel that it’s going to look after your GPU, and reportedly prevents sag. Of course, for the money, there are a few things missing such as the back plate area shroud, but you can’t complain for the money.

They have put a lot of effort into the audio solution, with the Audio Boost 3, which I am going to compare to my external sound card.

So far so good.

Ryan 2016-07-20

not great for overclocking

unfortunately nowhere in the specifications does it say that this board has only 8 phase voltage regulator, which makes it a bad choice for overclocking enthusiasts. Otherwise it seems to have everything else covered in comparison with other boards in the same price range.

Ardavan Shafiee 2016-03-28

Rock Solid Board

I would and already have recommended this board to others. I would purchase again. Good rock solid board. Great value for the money, and enormous expansion potential. Rock solid so far, no issues encountered, drivers all seem stable. Had no problems using 3000Mhz XMP profile even with a non K-model i7.

Eva Loory 2016-03-11

Beautiful aestically and functionally

Henry Dyer 2016-03-09

Aweome motherboard

It looks great, and feels like quality when you hold it in your hands. The PCI Express slots are nice/sturdy plus the metal finish looks great.

Software is easy to use, RGB lights are pretty cool and the UEFI BIOS overclocked my i7 to 4.5ghz easy-peasy.

David Rees 2016-02-23

awesome motherboard

I'm running a intel core i5 6600k with a gtx 980ti and this board handles it like a dream. If your on a budget this board is amazing and should be considered.

Dylan 2016-02-15

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Awards & Media Coverage

  • Vortez - Gold

    "The MSI Z170A GAMING PRO Carbon is the epitome of sleek. This motherboard oozes style and does so while offering a great feature-set at an affordable price."

  • Custom PC - Approved

    "...the MSI Z170A GAMING Pro Carbon makes a great impression, and the RGB lighting is the icing on the cake..."

  • pcGameware - Silver

    "The bottom line here is that the MSI Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon is another great Z170 motherboard from MSI, and there’s a lot to like; from the performance to the LED lighting and from the SLI/Crossfire support to the M.2 slot."

  • Bit-Tech - Recommended

    "The best part of the Z170A Gaming Pro Carbon is the price. It offers a bunch of extra features over your typical sub £100 motherboard, such as RGB lighting albeit somewhat limitedly, full USB 3.1 support, decent audio performance and solid overclocking. MSI has hit the nail on the head here"

  • TechiCize - Design

    "Based on everything we’ve seen today I’m awarding it “Design” and “Value”. It's a fantastic product with much to offer, and should be on your short list for any skylake build."

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