MSI Z170A SLI PLUS Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

MSI Z170A SLI PLUS Review

Introduction

Such is the quality of the Intel chipsets that the need for insanely complicated and expensive motherboards has greatly lessened in recent years. If you've been keeping abreast of the motherboard marketplace you'll know that boards which once would retail for the thick end of £300 are suddenly £180ish. By reducing the need for additional chips to add SATA ports or provide additional bandwidth for the PCI Express slots, so the price is kept low and all the R&D energies can be expended upon making it work as well as possible, rather than cramming as much as they can into the limited PCB space.

The Z170 is no exception to this price reduction despite it being the most recent addition to the Intel arsenal. The model we have up for review today, the MSI Z170A SLI PLUS takes this simplicity and, in the words of Colin Chapman, adds lightness. By keeping things to the bare minimum MSI have got the SLI PLUS at a very attractive price point. If you're in the mood to leap into the 6th Generation CPU world then has this got everything you require? Let's find out.

Technical Specifications

As you might expect from a motherboard barely breaking the hundred pound mark, the SLI PLUS sticks rigidly to the Intel Z170 formula with a selection of USB 3.1, SATAIII and even an M.2 port providing all your connectivity needs. 

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Most Recent Comments

15-01-2016, 13:42:41

AlienALX
Not a bad looking board that.Quote

15-01-2016, 17:26:15

ripperl
I have the z170a g-43 plus no need for sli but all sata ports horizontal ans a bit cheaper. works fine with a 6700 non-kQuote

15-01-2016, 17:55:38

MadShadow
Looks flippin' great MSI. We need more of this, but maybe with more focus on the high end, as everyone is tired of red, dragons, and GODLIKE motherboards :PQuote

15-01-2016, 17:59:09

ripperl
Quote:
Originally Posted by MadShadow View Post
Looks flippin' great MSI. We need more of this, but maybe with more focus on the high end, as everyone is tired of red, dragons, and GODLIKE motherboards :P
black is the new redQuote

15-01-2016, 18:07:14

MadShadow
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Originally Posted by ripperl View Post
black is the new red
I certainly hope so Quote
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