|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
MSI Intel Z97 LGA 1150 DDR3 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z97 PC Mate)
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Optimized For Multiple Graphics Cards
MSI motherboards feature one or more PCI Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running a AMD CrossFire gaming setup.
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Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Dark Choke and Solid CAP will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.
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.
With their aluminum core design and Japanese made quality, Solid CAPs are made for high-end design motherboard. Not only do Solid CAPs could provide lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), but also work firmly for over-10-year.
OC Genie 4
With the one-second overclocking option OC Genie we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot straight away. Give your system an awesome performance boost with ease.
Click BIOS 4
MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS optimized for Windows. Besides that, it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features.
MSI's Command Center software is a very powerful tool to push your motherboard to the max. With a very intuitive touch ready interface, Command Center allows users to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance and adjust cooling features.
Live Update 6
MSI Live Update is renewed! Our popular software automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS and software. Rest assured while your system is always configured using the latest software so you get the maximum performance and stability.
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|Chipset Type||Intel Z97||Intel B85||Intel H81||Intel Z97||Intel Z97||Intel Z170|
|Processor (CPU) Model Socket||LGA 1150||LGA 1150||LGA 1150||LGA 1150||LGA 1150||LGA 1151|
|Item Dimensions||10.6 x 13.9 x 3.3 in||2.03 x 10.24 x 10.63 in||3 x 9 x 7 in||12 x 13.5 x 3.4 in||3 x 14 x 11 in||2.7 x 10.4 x 12.9 in|
|Item Weight||2.6 lbs||1.6 lbs||2.6 ounces||3.96 lbs||1.98 lbs||3.4 lbs|
|Memory Slots Available||4||4||2||4||4||4|
|Ram Memory Maximum Size||32 GB||32 GB||16 GB||32 GB||32 GB||64 GB|
|RAM Technology||DDR3 1066||DDR3 1600||DDR3 1066||DDR3 1333||DDR3 1066||DDR4|
|Supported Motherboard||atx||micro_atx||Micro ATX||ATX||ATX||atx|
|Total Pci Slots Free||7||0||0||5||2||—|
|Total SATA Ports||6||4||2||11||6||—|
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My first impression of this motherboard was a positive one. Easy to manage settings in the Bios and absolutely no problems getting the board to recognize all components installed on the board. With the installed Samsung EVO 850 256GB SSD it was lightning fast booting into Windows. I felt I had made the right choice...UNTIL...after 2 days of using the new computer working on my music in 2 different DAW's the motherboard simply died. No warning it was having problems. It just died. Knowing that components can die is a reality so I wasn't shocked when it happened. More like disappointed that it happened. Hence the 4 stars. I know some people would rate it lower but keeping in mind (stuff happens) keeps things in check. I still liked what this motherboard has to offer so I purchased another one through Amazon.
Realizing I needed to remove the board and file a return with Amazon and then order another motherboard I logged onto Amazon and got the necessary information sent and asked for a direct deposit into my Amazon Store Card. That was simple and easy to do. Then I went to investigate specs of other motherboards and noticed a few problems some of them had so began to think it's like a crap shoot when purchasing electronics. You can get a good one...and you can get a bad one. After debating about buying a different board/brand I decided to purchase this same motherboard once again and see if I might get a good one. The motherboard was ordered and it shipped in 2 days from Amazon and arrived well packaged and in great shape. At this point I'd like to say how pleased I am with how well the return and shipment of another new motherboard went. In a word I'd call it seamless. I'm very impressed with how well Amazon's website is setup to accomplish the needed transactions and can't speak highly enough about their customer service. Excellent job Amazon and thank you for your quick response!
Here are the items I installed into the new computer build for anyone interested in using any of the components. I can say they all work well together and installation/assembly is a breeze.
1. 2 - Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB 4x8GB (32GB total) DDR3 2400MHz PC3 19200 Desktop, Red CMY16GX3M2A2400C11R
2. 1 - Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)
3. 1 - Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)
4. 1 - Asus 24x DVD-RW Serial-ATA Internal OEM Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST (Black)
5. 1 - MSI Intel Z97 LGA 1150 DDR3 USB 3.1 ATX Motherboard (Z97S SLI Krait Edition)
6. 1 - Corsair RM Series, RM750, 750 Watt (750W), Fully Modular Power Supply, 80+ Gold Certified
7. 1 - Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Graphics Cards, Black GV-N960G1 GAMING-4GD
8. 1 - Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K
9. 1 - Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Mid Tower Case Fits ATX Motherboard, Large Water Cooler Ready, with 6 Fan Controllers, Air Chimney - Black
With the new motherboard installed and the desktop up and running again I'm feeling the joy. Hopefully the bad board experience was only limited to the one board. If things keep running smoothly and there are no other problems to report...I'll return to offer an update to include details of how well this build is doing. Again, thank you Amazon for being a great company to deal with. I give Amazon 5 stars for this experience!
only complaint is the lack of SATA3 ports. six without M.2 or SATA Express, 4 while using either. and cannot use M.2 and SATA Express at the same time. though i knew this upon purchasing, it being designed as a gamer's or enthusiast's board should mean it has at least 2 more SATA3 ports. because it's $50-100 less than a lot of the same caliber Z97 boards i'd say this still deserves 5 stars even with the lack of ports.
color scheme matches my Corsair 500R, CM Quickfire Storm TK, and my receiver's LEDs perfectly.
runs DDR3 2400 RAM with no problem. XMP profile recognized easily.
have my i7-4790K @ 4.6Ghz with no problem.
8GB 290X with a good overclock also.
I've also had USB issues, sometimes on startup my keyboard isn't detected right away which is a huge issue when trying to enter the bios or select from the boot menu.
I ultimately scheduled an RMA for the motherboard to get a replacement. They expected me to box up this motherboard and send it off and I'd get the replacement in the mail in 10 days. I have a job and things to do so 10 days without my computer is totally unacceptable. I'll be purchasing another motherboard from a different manufacturer.
I only gave it two stars because when it's not having issues, it does run well.
I was torn between the Z97-G45 board and this one. I eventual choose this one for the added features including better overclocking and the Japanese audio capacitors. I just assumed it would have Optical as the cheaper G45 board because of the better audio harware (and thus i didn't do the simple little thing of looking at a picture of the I/O). So now i have a wondrous gaming board with a decent on board audio system that's silent as i have no way to connect analog to my current audio setup or headset.
So if you're a gamer specifically looking for decent on board audio with Coax S/PDIF or Optical audio for surround sound look elsewhere, or buy a sound card along with this board. People with analog setups should be fine.