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MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK Intel Socket 1151 Motherboard

  • Socket 1151
  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • 6 x SATA & 6 x USB Ports
  • DDR4 (max 64GB, 4 slots)
  • HDMI and DVI
  • ATX Form Factor
CCL Code: MBD1869
Part Number:

Z170A TOMAHAWK

£117.36 inc VAT

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NON-STOP GAMING

Equip yourself with the MSI Arsenal GAMING Series motherboards to improve your game. MSI Arsenal GAMING Series motherboards are covered in full black camouflage with LED ambient lights and is packed with gaming features, making them the perfect weapon to dominate the battlefield.

UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE AND STABILITY

With traditional memory design the memory signals are often distorted by electromagnetic signals from other components, making the system perform slower or become unstable. MSI introduces DDR4 Boost technology with optimized traces and fully isolated memory circuitry. This design ensures the memory signals stay pure for optimal performance and stability.

An added XMP LED highlights an active Extreme Memory Profile for the best memory speed and stability setting.

GAMING LED EFFECT

The Arsenal GAMING Series motherboards come with LEDs on the back of the motherboard to let you fully enjoy the gaming side of things. Like war paint, turn them on for the full Arsenal GAMING experience and you are ready to dominate any battlefield.

DOMINATE THE GAME WITH LOWEST LATENCY

Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI® GAMING LAN, featuring carefully selected components to ensure the best online gaming experience without lag.

GAMING OPTIMIZED BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT

Dedicated to giving you the best online gaming experience with optimized traffic prioritization and low latency, MSI GAMING LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games.

MSI GAMING LAN MANAGER

  • Automatically prioritizes games above other applications
  • Allows you to change applications' traffic priority
  • Allows you to customize you to customize bandwidth for each application

STUDIO GRADE SOUND WITH AUDIO BOOST

With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. That way, you can enjoy breathtaking, crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio or high impendence headphones and truly dominate the game.

GAME BOOST

Overclock your system instantly and generate more FPS in games with 1 push of a button using Game Boost! You can also easily enable XMP using the XMP button in Click BIOS.

GAMING HOTKEY

Gaming Hotkey enables more functionality using your own keyboard. Simply assign functions or macros to any key and launch your favorite games, load overclocking profiles or do real-time overclocking with the push of a single button. The possibilities are endless!

  • Customize any key on your keyboard
  • Up to 8 steps macro programming
  • User friendly, easy to use application
  • 1 key load up of your favorite game

2x FASTER MSI USB 3.1 GEN2

Transferring your favorite games, music and movies over USB has never been faster. USB 3.1 Gen2 enables lightning fast transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s!

Benefits

  • 2X faster than USB 3.1 Gen1
  • 20X faster than USB 2.0
  • Up to 10Gbps data transfer bandwidth
  • Boost transfer rate for your PC and peripherals

FRONT USB 3.1 Gen1

With a cleverly placed USB 3.1 Gen1 front pin header on MSI motherboards, you can connect up to 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 devices directly to the front of your PC Chassis. This way you can easily enjoy fast USB speeds without having to use the hard-to-reach USB ports at the rear.

DOUBLE ESD PROTECTION

The front USB 3.1 Gen1 ports on MSI motherboards are protected by a set of protective ICs to prevent damage caused by Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) from plugging/unplugging USB devices.

PUSH YOUR SSD HARDER WITH M.2

M.2 doesn’t need any power- or signal-cables and with a very small footprint M.2 is the storage connector of the future replacing traditional HDDs/SSDs.

TURBO U.2 HOST CARD (OPTIONAL)

The U.2 Host Card delivers performance up to 32 Gb/s and allows support for next gen 2.5-inch SSDs using the U.2 connector. A redriver chip is added to increase data transfer speed.

ENHANCED CPU OVERVOLTAGE PROTECTION

Onboard overvoltage protection prevents overvoltage and short-circuit damage of the CPU and other components. A red LED near the 24 pin CPU power connector let you know that overvoltage protection is activated for easier troubleshooting.

EASY DIAGNOSTIC

MSI EZ Debug LED is an easy troubleshooting tool using 3 LEDs to indicate CPU / Memory / VGA operation every time you boot up your system. Run into trouble? Use the LEDs to easily identify the source of your problem and get back into operation quickly.

STEELSERIES CERTIFIED

Get ready to enjoy the best gaming experience with MSI & SteelSeries!

Enthusiast gaming gear brand SteelSeries has officially approved MSI GAMING motherboards as ‘SteelSeries Certified (SSC)’. This certification is based on the performance demands and stability of MSI GAMING motherboards and SteelSeries products. Your SteelSeries headset, mouse and other top quality gaming gear works best on MSI GAMING motherboards.

GAMING CERTIFIED

Our GAMING motherboards are tested in our gaming lab, internet cafes and together with the world’s best eSports players to make sure you get top performance and reliability in the world’s most popular games. Through 24-hour on- and offline game testing, MSI ensures the onboard network configuration, audio reception and FPS performance are tested and tuned to perfection for you to enjoy the best possible gameplay experience.

Only the motherboards that pass this test receive the GAMING CERTIFIED status and are considered true MSI® GAMING motherboards.

MILITARY CLASS 4 COMPONENTS

DARK CHOKE

Dark Choke uses the special core design and allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature with higher capacity and better power efficiency and stability.

DARK CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAPs has been a staple in high-end motherboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year Lifespan.

HUMIDITY PROTECTION

Reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent "Conductive Anodic Filament". Untreated PCB's can have 10x higher failure rate.

HIGH TEMPERATURE PROTECTION

All key components used in MSI motherboards have all passed military testing ensuring stable operation in the harshest environments.

CIRCUIT PROTECTION

Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers and shielding result in the best circuit protection for our GAMING motherboards.  

ESD PROTECTION

Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.

EMI PROTECTION

All MSI motherboards comply with strict American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference

OPTIMIZED FOR MULTIPLE GRAPHICS CARDS

CROSSFIRE SUPPORT

This motherboard supports AMD CrossFire. Optimal PCI-Express slot placement allows for better fitting and airflow.

That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate jumping from your screen when running an AMD CrossFire™ setup.

PREVENT DAMAGE!

Worried about damaging the PCI-Express slot or your graphics card because of the weight?

MSI® VGA ARMOR

With the increased size and weight of modern high end graphics cards, traditional PCI Express slots often show signs of bending or even breaking. Meet VGA Armor, strengthened PCI Express slots using more solder points to make sure you never have to worry about breaking off any of the slots.

THE ALL NEW, AWARD-WINNING CLICK BIOS 5

Explore the greatly improved, award-winning CLICK BIOS 5 and use it to tune your system to maximum performance to get the most out of your games. MSI CLICK BIOS 5 is the next generation UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 10.

Control your system in two modes: EZ mode, for the most used settings and functions. Advanced mode for more detailed settings and fine-tuning options to boost your system’s performance.

  • Variety of options to boost your game performance
  • Next gen UEFI BIOS with award winning design
  • High-resolution multi language scalable font
  • Easy to use
  • Advanced overclocking

OBS STREAMING SOFTWARE

Share your gaming achievements with the world! Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is world’s most popular open source software for video recording and live streaming. Show your friends your gaming progress live.

OVERCLOCKING MADE EASY

Outperform your competition with the MSI® GAMING APP which allows simultaneous control of both your Motherboard and Graphics Card's overclocking.

CPU-Z MSI GAMING EDITION

MSI has worked closely with CPUID to develop this special edition of CPU-Z featuring the famous MSI GAMING dragon. Use CPU-Z to gather key information on the main devices of your system, such as your CPU speed, Memory speed and timings, motherboard BIOS version and much more.

SSD NOT FAST ENOUGH? TRY MSI RAMDISK!

Get an unlimited RAMDisk for free (worth $35) with MSI GAMING motherboards. RAMDisk allows you to create a virtual drive from your system memory, enabling speeds up to 25x faster than a modern SSD. You can load complete games, speed up your browser or your page file significantly increasing system performance! You even increase your SSD's lifespan by using RAMDisk as it reduces unnecessary read and write operations to your SSD.

  • Speed up system performance
  • Speed up games, apps and browser
  • Increase SSD lifespan

Main Features:

  • Supports 6th Gen Intel© Core / Pentium© / Celeron© processors for LGA 1151 socket
  • Supports DDR4-3600(0C)
  • DDR4 Boost: Give your DDR4 memory a performance boost
  • GAMING LAN: The best online gaming experience with lowest latency
  • GAMING DNA: LED ambient lights are added to give it an awesome look & feel, ready for battle
  • Audio Boost: Reward your ears with studio grade sound quality
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency
  • MULTI-GPU with VGA Armor: VGA Armor PCI-E slots. Supports AMD Crossfire
  • Click BIOS5: Secure and Reliable UEFI BIOS solution
  • EZ Debug LED: Easiest way to troubleshoot
  • Overvoltage Protection:Prevent Unforeseen Damage
  • 4K UHD Support: Ultra-high Definition Visual Experience
  • GAMING CERTIFIED: 24-hour on- and offline game testing by eSports players for the best gaming experience
  • WHQL CERTIFIED.WINDOWS 10 READY.
CPU
Installed Processors (Max) 0 (1)
Supported Processor Manufacturer Intel
Supported Processors 6th Gen Core i3/i5/i7/Pentium/Celeron
Socket 1151
Motherboard
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Northbridge Z170 Express
SATA Supported Yes
Rear Panel I/O Ports
Keyboard/Mouse Combo Port 1 x PS/2 Keyboard or Mouse Port
HDMI Port 1 x HDMI
RJ-45 Ports 1 x RJ-45
Digital Port 1 x DVI-D
USB Ports 2 x USB 2.0 • 4 x USB 3.1
Audio Line Out Ports 5 x Audio I/O
S/PDIF Port 1 x Optical S/PDIF Out
Internal I/O Connectors
Front Panel Connectors 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector • 2 x Front Panel Connectors
Cooling Fan Support 2 x CPU / 3 x Chassis
SATA Connectors 6 x SATA 6Gb/s
USB Connectors 1 x USB 2.0 • 2 x USB 3.1
Parallel Connectors 1 x Parallel Port Connector
Serial Connectors 1 x Serial Port Connector
Chassis Intrusion Connector 1 x Chassis Intrusion Connector
TPM Header 1 x TPM Header
Power Connector Port 1 x 24-pin ATX • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V
Expansion
Number of PCI Slots 2 slot(s)
PCI Slot Type PCI
Number of PCI Express Slots 5 slot(s)
PCI Express 3.0 Slot Type 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 • 3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1
Memory
Maximum RAM 64 GB
Memory Bus Speed 3600(OC)/3200(OC)/ 3000(OC)/ 2800(OC)/ 2600(OC)/ 2400/ 2133 MHz MHz
Memory Type DDR4
Sound
Integrated Sound Realtek ALC892 Codec • 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio • Supports S/PDIF output
Network
Integrated Network 1 x Realtek RTL8111H
Network Speeds Supported 10/100/1000 Mbps
Physical
Form Factor ATX
Width 30.4 cm
Length 22.4 cm
Item Details
Manufacturer MSI
Part Number Z170A TOMAHAWK
EAN 4719072425647
UPC 824142122150
Condition New

Do you have you a question about the MSI Z170A TOMAHAWK Motherboard 6th Gen Core i3/i5/i7/Pentium/Celeron Socket LGA1151 Z170 ATX RAID Gigabit LAN?

Q: Looking on the MSI support site, this board can take the new Kaby Lake (Gen 7) processors but requires BIOS firmware 1.9 or above. Can you confirm whether the supplied BIOS version is aligned or whether you would be able to flash upgrade the BIOS prior to pickup? This would be a new build, all components bought from CCL with a Kaby Lake CPU however, I wouldn't want to pay an additional fee for the BIOS flash as I plan to build it myself and avoid the pre-build costs.
Answer by Dan@CCL on 30th January 2017
There's no way to confirm what BIOS is currently shipping on a motherboard without attaching processor and memory to it and powering it on, but the majority of motherboards coming through our system build department at the moment are needing an update first. If you're buying one, simply give us a call or an email once your order has been placed and we can have it updated by our technical counter before collection or delivery. -Danlevan
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