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MSI - Z170A PC MATE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

( 4.4 Average / 9 Ratings )




Part #

(or) 7971-001R

Form Factor


CPU Socket



Intel Z170

Memory Slots

4 x 288-pin DIMM

Memory Type

DDR4-2133 / 2400 / 2800 / 3000 / 3200

Maximum Supported Memory


RAID Support


Onboard Video

Depends on CPU

CrossFire Support


SLI Support


SATA 6 Gb/s


SATA Express


Onboard Ethernet

1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps

Onboard USB 3.0 Header(s)


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Price History (Excluding Tax) History:


Pill_Slinger 15 points 22 months ago
from completed build SOVEREIGN

My initial thoughts: For the price, it is definitely a quality motherboard capable of at least decent over-clocking. No frills version of the more expensive boards . Great bios for nooby like me. Still has all necessary features i.e. all usb 3.1 gen2, 2x max speed SATA ports, m.2 and more (see image 10, back of box). very helpful and clear manual showing locations of each power sockets etc.

Only comes with 2 SATA data cables, so if you have SSD+HDD you will need another sata cable from an old computer/ebay to have an optical drive :) But when first booting/installing things you can always just swap out cables.

It is brown when put under white light but it just looks like a nice very dark brown/black normally, a good option for black schemed colour builds. (Google and/or see my pics)

CAUTION: However do NOT use MSI Live Update to update bios or any of that. Everyone says to avoid it and if you don't need to update then don't do it.

tekeem 7 points 20 months ago

Probably should of gone for one of the gaming boards but this does the job. Oh the I/O shield is **** but aren't they all now.

jawash22 22 points 20 months ago

Seems fine and supports 7.1 audio. Only thing I don't like is that it only has three 4 pin fan headers. Plenty of USB 3 support.backplate included,etc. Plus when I purchase my next CPU, it will be overclockable so I won't need a new MOBO.

trevionpaul 7 points 18 months ago

Its a nice and motherboard. I got it for a good price, it does its job.

InputUsername 15 points 14 months ago
from completed build First build

Basic Skylake Z170 motherboard. Doesn't have too many features, but I didn't need that anyway. Nice and cheap.

giorgos8574 12 points 10 months ago
from completed build Black & White (First Build)

Nothing special. Just got it because it was cheap and had enough USB & SATA Ports.

trevionpaul 7 points 10 months ago
from completed build Finally Finished.

Pretty basic motherboard I kept from previous build. No problems with it.

prohibitable 8 points 7 months ago

Motherboard - Bios very easy to use. Booted up Win. 10 easily. Haven't attempted overclocking with this board yet.

Kenflow 12 points 5 months ago
from completed build Black Ice (First Build)

A low cost motherboard with over-clocking capabilities that fit my budget and my color scheme.