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MSI Z170A-G43 Plus
MSI Z170A-G43 Plus
Top 32%714 points
Top 32%
Top specs and features

MSI Z170A-G43 Plus review: 55 facts and highlights

1. RAM speed

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
2400MHz
MSI X299 Raider: 3466MHz

2. overclocked RAM speed

The motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.
3600MHz
ASRock X299 OC Formula: 4600MHz

3. Easy to overclock

Overclocking your system is normally quite a complicated procedure, but some manufacturers provide a button or a program where one click will automatically overclock your computer, giving you increased performance.
MSI Z170A-G43 Plus
17% have it

4. maximum memory size

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.
64GB
Asus Z10PE-D16 WS: 1024GB

5. SATA 3 connectors

SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.
6
MSI 990FXA-GD80: 12

6. has a HDMI output

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
MSI Z170A-G43 Plus
73% have it

7. memory slots

More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.
4
Asus Z10PE-D16 WS: 16

8. PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCIe 3.0 offers higher transfer rates than PCIe 2.0, and can give increased performance.
2
Asus Prime X299-Deluxe: 12

9. fan headers

Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.
5
Asus Sabertooth X99: 12

10. Supports RAID 1

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 1 mirrors the data across the drives. This gives you greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.
MSI Z170A-G43 Plus
80% have it

11. USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)

The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
4
Asus X79 Deluxe: 8

12. USB 2.0 ports (through expansion)

The motherboard has USB 2.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
2
Asus P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt: 10

13. PCIe 2.0 x16 slots

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.
0
Asus P9X79-E WS: 7

14. height

244mm
Asus Tinker Board: 53.3mm

15. memory channels

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
2
MSI 990FXA-GD80: 8

16. Supports USB charging boost

This feature allows you to charge your devices (such as smartphones and tablets) faster than a regular USB port. Some implementations also let you charge through the USB port even when the computer is in sleep mode or off.
MSI Z170A-G43 Plus
57% have it

17. Has WiFi

The device can connect to WiFi.
MSI Z170A-G43 Plus
20% have it

18. Supports RAID 5

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 5 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another due to the use of parity.
MSI Z170A-G43 Plus
70% have it

19. USB 3.0 ports

More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.
4
Asus Z87-Pro: 14

20. Has Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.
MSI Z170A-G43 Plus
20% have it

21. RJ45 ports

RJ-45 ports are used for LAN (Local Area Network) connections. With more ports you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. It also has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails.
1
Gigabyte GA-6LXSV: 5

22. Has integrated graphics

With integrated graphics you don’t need to buy a separate graphics card.
MSI Z170A-G43 Plus
10% have it

23. USB 2.0 ports

More USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 2.0.
2
Asus Sabertooth 990FX: 10

24. warranty period

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.
3
ASRock Z97 OC Formula: 5

25. DisplayPort outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.
0
Asus Prime Q370M-C: 2

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