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MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK

The MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.

It has 64 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconSLI Support3 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support3 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetZ170 Express help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 3 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 3 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM64 GB DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR4help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
    help iconRAID Supportyes
    help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots1help iconInternal I/O
    • 1 x 24 pin power connector
    • 1 x 8 pin power connector
    • 1 x 4 pin power connector
    • 5 x fan header
    • System Panel Connection
    help iconUSB 2.0 Rear3help iconBack Panel I/O
    • Display Port">Display Port
    • 7.1 Surround Sound
    • Audio Input Output
    • PS/2 keyboard connector
    • PS/2 mouse connector
    help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0

    MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK compatibility review

    The MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK uses the Intel LGA 1151 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 64 GB RAM.

    Conforming to the ATX standard, the MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

    The MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK has 6 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage.

    The MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 3 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK's PCIe v3.0. The MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK supports up to 3 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards or up to 3 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

    The MSI Z170A GAMING M9 ACK has 4 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. With so few slots, however, you would have to use a USB expansion hub. As such, we would highly recommend a different motherboard, preferably with USB 3.0 functionality as well.

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