Reviewed: Z170I GAMING PRO AC

Technical Specifications

CPU Support Supports 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors, and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® processors for Socket LGA1151
Chipset Chipset Intel® Z170 Chipset
Main Memory 2 x DDR4 memory slots, support up to 32GB
– Supports DDR4 4200(OC)/4000(OC)/3866(OC)/3600(OC)/3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz
• Dual channel memory architecture
• Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
• Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs
PCI-E 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
Graphics 1 x HDMI™ port, support a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@24Hz, 2560×1600@60Hz
1 x DisplayPort, support a maximum resolution of 4096×2304@60Hz, 2560×1600@60Hz, 3840×2160@60Hz, 1920×1200@60Hz
SATA Intel® Z170 Chipset
• 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
• 1 x M.2 slot (on the under side of the motherboard)*
• Supports PCIe 3.0 x 4 and SATA 6Gb/s standards, 4.2cm/ 6cm length M.2 SSD cards
• 1 x SATAe port (PCIe 3.0 x 2)**
• Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10
• Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology for Intel Core™ processors
* SATAe port is backward compatible with SATA.
USB Intel® Z170 Chipset
– 6 x USB 3.1 Gen1 (SuperSpeed USB) ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connector)
– 5 x USB 2.0 (High-speed USB) ports (3 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
Audio Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
– 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
– Supports S/PDIF output
Network 1 x Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN controller

Wi-Fi Bluetooth® expansion module with Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 chip
Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4GHz, 5GHz) up to 867Mbps speed.
Supports Dual Mode Bluetooth® 2.1, 2.1+EDR, 3.0, 4.0 BLE, 4.2

Multi-GPU N/A
Internal I/O Connections – 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
– 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
– 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
– 1 x SATAe connector
– 1 x USB 2.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 2.0 ports)
– 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports)
– 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
– 1 x 4-pin system fan connectors
– 1 x Front panel audio connector
– 2 x Front panel connectors
– 1 x TPM module connector
– 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
– 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
Rear Panel I/O Connections – 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
– 3 x USB 2.0 ports
– 1 x DisplayPort
– 1 x HDMI™ port
– 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
– 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports
– 1 x Clear CMOS button
– 2 x antenna connectors
– 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
– 5 x OFC audio jacks
Dimensions 6.7 in. x 6.7 in. (17 cm x 17 cm)
Mini-ITX Form Factor
Mounting Holes 4 mounting holes.


  • I/O Shield plate with dark outer coating with visible port labels
  • Software and  Driver CDs
  • SATA3 cables & labels
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Manual

Included Software Utilities

  • Command Centre. This includes utilities for Fan control, overclocking, RAMDISK, Monitoring etc.
  • GameBoost
  • Live Update (one stop shop for driver, utility and bios updates)

A notable omission is the Internal I/O header that you can connect all your case I/O cables to and then easily plug these into the board. MSI (and some other vendors) seem to be leaving this accessory out of their ITX offerings in Z170. It’s a shame because of the cramped working space of your typical ITX case but it isn’t a deal breaker.

Other Features

Military Class 4 components including:

  • Super Ferrite Chokes that run cooler and with a higher current capacity and efficiency than alternatives
  • Dark CAPs with an aluminium core design are expected to last over 10 years (so well past your next upgrade)
  • MSI state that all connections have ESD protection to prevent short circuit



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