What is the difference between these msi Z170A motherboards?

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so im going to be using an i7 6700k, im a bit of a noob when building pcs, so can anyone tell me the difference between these three mobos?
msi Z170A Krait Gaming 3X
msi Z170A Gaming M3
msi Z170A Gaming M5
they are all basically the same price, so im confused on the differences. i will be using 1 RX 480 8GB Gamingx

so im going to be using an i7 6700k, im a bit of a noob when building pcs, so can anyone tell me the difference between these three mobos?
msi Z170A Krait Gaming 3X
msi Z170A Gaming M3
msi Z170A Gaming M5
they are all basically the same price, so im confused on the differences. i will be using 1 RX 480 8GB Gamingx from msi, and probably wont be going with a dual gpu setup

thanks

Best Answer:

youdontneed: The M5 has a few more features like a beefed up LAN/Network/Internet chip. However the e2400 Network chip on the M3 is suppose to be pretty good.

I see the M5 has two M.2 type SSD slots whereas the other 2 boards have one. Also, it looks like the heatsink above the VRM is a little bit bigger than what's on the other 2 boards.

Both the M5 and M3 have six USB 3.1 headers whereas the Karit has four. Although the M5 does have a USB 3.1 Type-C header.

The Karit and the M5 board have three PCI-E x16 slots. Although I don't see the purpose of having more than 2. The M3 board has regular PCI slots in case you need one of those. The M3 does not support SLI.

All 3 boards have the exact same onboard audio. If jacked up onboard soundcard is important to you then spend $40-50 more and get the Gigabyte Gaming 7 board.

The M5 has a few more features than the other 2. It seems that comparing the Karit to the M3 is like comparing Apples to Oranges aside from the fact that the M3 does not support SLI.

Personally, I'm not a fan of MSI so I'd have a difficult time recommending their products to you. If you have your heart set on these 3 boards then get the M5.

Other answer:

youdontneed:
MSI Z170A KRAIT GAMING 3X – now about $148
MSI MSI Gaming Z170A GAMING M3 now about $140
MSI Z170A Gaming M5 now about $170

There are many Z170 motherboards to choose from.
https://pcpartpicker.com/products/mother…

RX 480 8GB is $240 to $250 at low end
GTX 1060 6GB also starts at this price, about $250, though I like EVGA 06G-P4-6163-KR at $260.
GTX 1060 6GB usually slightly beats an RX 480 8GB and the RX 480 should not be overclocked, where the EVGA 1060 overclock version gets another 5% performance
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1…

RX 480 can be crossfired, but GTX 1060 not SLI
DX12 in some games have a new feature to use cards together that is not SLI or Crossfire for some games.
That came up here:
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index…

Anyway, about the motherboards,
3X, M3, M5
All are Z170, 4 Dimm slot, ATX, but the 3X is 9.25 inch rather than 9.6 inch
The 3X and M5 are SLI compatible and full crossfire. The M3 is not SLI and therefore weakened crssfire support.
The 3X and M5 have 3 x pcie x 16 and 4 x PCIe x 1 slots. The M3 has 2pciex16, 2 PCIex1, and 3 legacy PCI
The M5 has 2xM.2 slots instead of 1
audio looks about the same
Ethernet is different 3X has Intel I219-V and M3/M5 have Qualcomm Atheros Killer 2400

3x
– 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (2 ports reserved for SATA Express port)
– 1 x SATAe connector
– 2 x USB 2.0 connector headers
– 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connector headers
– 1 x TBT connector  
BACK- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
BACK- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 port
BACK- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
BACK- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports

M3
– 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
– 2 x SATAe connectors 
– 1 x USB 2.0 connector headers
– 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connector header
– 1 x Serial port connector
– 1 x Parallel port connector
– 1 x Slow mode switch
BACK- 2 x USB 2.0 ports 
BACK- 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 ports
BACK- 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports

M5
– 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
– 2 x SATAe connectors
– 2 x USB 2.0 connector headers
– 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connector header
– 1 x Serial port connector
– 1 x Slow mode switch
– 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED
BACK- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
BACK- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 port
BACK- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
BACK- 4 x USB 3.1 Gen1 ports

There are plenty of good motherboards.

William:
Krait: less RAM speed support (only up to 2400 MHz without overclock) compared to 3200 on the other 2, 1 fewer SATA express port, fewer USB 3.1 ports, more USB 2.0 ports
Gaming M5: one more M.2 slot compared to the other 2
Aerialnine:
The i7 6700k is for being able to overclock…..are you going to be overclocking??…
The gaming M5 is designed for overclocking….
the Krait and the M5 supports and AMD video card " cross firing " ( 2 amd video cards ) and Nvidia SLI ( 2 NVidia video cards )
the M3 supports AMD video card " cross firing only….

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