MSI Z97 Intel LGA 1150 DDR3 USB 3.0 ATX Gaming Motherboard
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- Socket LGA 1150, Supports DDR3-3300(OC) Memory, M.2 + USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
- Supports 4th and 5th Gen Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processors for LGA 1150 socket
- Audio Boost 2: Reward Your Ears with True Quality, Serve Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB
- 3 PCI-E x16 3.0 (16x single card, 8x+8x dual card or 8x+4x+4x triple card) and 4 PCI-E x1
- VGA, DVI and HDMI, Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
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Z97 GAMING 5
AUDIO BOOST 2
Reward your ears with true quality and get ready for ear-drum shattering gaming with MSI Audio Boost 2! Less noise, crystal clear sound and the best audio components for truly sensational sound quality.
USB AUDIO POWER
When connecting multiple USB devices, most motherboards will be unable to deliver a strong 5V power signal to all USB ports. This is highly noticeable with high-quality external USB DACs where sound quality degrades as the motherboard is unable to deliver a perfect USB signal.
Only MSI USB Audio Power continuously delivers a stable 5V to the USB ports on motherboards, making sure you can continue to enjoy the crystal clear audio standard you expect.
KILLER E2200 GAME NETWORKING
The Killer E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.
PUSH YOUR SSD TO THE LIMIT
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI GAMING motherboards. We offer the next generation of high speed storage support through M.2 and SATA Express. M.2 and SATA Express transfer data through a PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface up to 10 Gb/s, making it 67% faster than SATA 3.0 solutions.
Guard Pro is a suite of features that protect your PC under the most extreme and harshest conditions.
- Circuit Protection
- Eco Power
- Humidity Protection
- High Temperature Protection
- ESD Protection
- EMI Protection
OC GENIE 4
OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this one-second overclocking option we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot. Delivering up to 20% of free extra performance for the CPU, memory and iGPU.
Top Customer Reviews
Packed with GAMING features to keep your system fast and ready-to-game, Provided fan connectivity and control is excellent, Audio Boost for added "BOOM" to your in-game explosions, Includes 6-month premium subscription to XSplit, Excellent software package that caters to gamers of all types,...
No Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, No Intel Thunderbolt, No digital audio output except via HDMI, Color scheme used may not appeal to all
I read a ton of reviews on Amazon, Newegg, and everywhere else online. A lot of people really like the Asus boards. Don't get me wrong, Asus makes some great products, but sometimes I get the impression that you are paying more for the name (like the ROG series) than for the motherboard.
I've already been using MSI products before, starting with my GTX 750 ti TF OC. Since I was happy with that, I went with this motherboard. I am really happy with it.
It has a ton of USB 3.0 connectors and headers for your front panels on your case. OC Genie is cool too, although I can't comment as I haven't yet decided to overclock my system since I'm happy with the i7 4790k's stock speed of 4Ghz.
The UEFI bios is pretty straight forward and it was easy to install Windows 7 from a USB flash drive by pressing F11 to get into boot options and selecting my flash drive. Updating the bios was easy did that the conventional way using a usb flash drive.
As for drivers, MSI does a pretty good job of making it easier to install and update drivers. I prefer to download the latest drivers than to use what came on the DVD, so I did that. I also decided that I didn't want the Killer Network App and decided to install the stand alone Killer Network driver instead.
I put this motherboard into a Cooler Master HAF 922 case with two Cooler Master MegaFlow 200 fans, + 3 Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition fans connected to my NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller to keep everything cool and quiet.
I've had my system built for the last two weeks and everything runs really well. I'm very satisifed with this MSI motherboard and I can see using this system for the 4+ years without any problems. I'll update as needed should anything change. Otherwise at this time I would like to say that I highly recommend this motherboard.
But in my case, after having to pop a USB into another computer, grab the software installer for Killer Network Suite, and transfer it back over to my new computer it still wasn't working right. I noticed I was getting occasional lag spikes and sometimes in games I would refresh a server browser then nothing would come up. Refresh it again, bam, all the servers come up. After some googling turns out Killer Network Suite likes to throttle your internet, causing intermittent lag in games/downloads/streaming, etc. I saw a thread where there was a supposed fix for that as well but I'm disappointed any troubleshooting has been necessary in the first place. My old board was bottom of the line super cheap and outdated. It had working internet the second you installed windows and didn't need software that just ended up hindering you more than helping you.
This isn't a horrible board. I'm just not thrilled about spending more money than I needed to for what turned out to essentially be a downgrade. I'd like to recommend the board because it's pretty cool looking. I don't. Find something else in the price range.
3 stars for working. Eventually.
My only gripe is that there is a bunch of bloatware on the driver disk, so do not use the typical install when getting your drivers from the disk.