Last week MSI announced a new motherboard, the Z170A Gaming M6, in an effort to expand its lineup aimed at enthusiast gamers.

As you can already see it in the name, the board carries Intel’s Z170 chipset at its core. Because the product is targeted at the hardcore gaming community, MSI thought it would make a good choice to give the Z170 Gaming M6 a premium look instead of the typical red and black combination that we get to see in every other motherboard.


It sports a gray color scheme that partly diminishes the characteristic MSI dragon, yet brings in quite a charming (and unique) appearance.

MSI Z170A Gaming M6 specs and features

When it comes to connectivity, the board carries the Lightning Gen2 USB 3.1 alongside Twin Turbo M.2 slots – the ideal combo to ensure extremely fast SSD performance.

Since it boasts the M.2 Genie function in the BIOS of the board, buyers can be sure that there will be support for all the latest M.2 SSDs, NVMe, as well as RAID.

The onboard USB chip runs at PCIe Gen 3 x 2, meaning users can expect to see a transfer rate twice as fast compared to any traditional USB 3.1 chips. Add to that MSI’s exclusive USB Speed Up feature, and the Z170 Gaming M6 appears as a beast capable of extorting the best performance possible from any USB device.

“For the best user experience and to achieve the highest data transferring speeds through USB 3.1 Gen2, ASMedia Technology Inc. closely worked with top motherboard vendor MSI to develop and test the new ASM 2142 ultra-high-speed USB controller,” Chewei Lin, President of ASMedia, while explaining the advantages offered by the new product.

“Tuned and optimized on MSI GAMING motherboards, we are allowed to use the latest & greatest technology to perfect hardware design, while giving the opportunity to optimize the driver at the same time.” (via Techfrag)

MSI is yet to announce the price and availability of the Z170A Gaming M6.


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