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MSI Z87I GAMING AC LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z87
  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/1600/1333/1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Nathan S.
  • 6/5/2014 8:54:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSticker Shock

Pros: I ordered two of these.
For the one that works, it works quite well.
The features are great and it is a beautiful motherboard.
The other one was DOA....

Cons: There are no cons for the board that is running. Placement of connectors on the board is good. It is a really good board.

Other Thoughts: This is the second purchase I have ever made of MSI equipment. Normally, I go with ASUS and thus far I have never had a DOA board. This is the first purchase of high end MSI equipment and I can't recommend this board for the reason below:

The reason I am giving this 1 Egg is because on both boards I received, there was a sticker that contains the serial number. On both boards it was partially stuck to the bag. I thought nothing of it and I thought it was for easier identification of the boards. So I just let it peel off an stuck it to the bag. Little did I know that this is the only identification on this motherboard and now NewEgg will not take the board back. I went to MSI's website but it basically sent me back to NewEgg for a return. So it looks like I am out $200 dollars because the company is too cheap to print the serial number on the board. I don't know who thought that a simple sticker not placed on a flat surface (it was placed across a few chips and such) was a good idea as the sole identifier on the MB but it was a bad one. So as of right now, I do not see myself purchasing or recommending purchase of MSI components to others.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.
http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or underneath the motherboard, eg 601-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • James G.
  • 6/3/2014 10:40:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot a bad board

Pros: It does the job fairly well, with a couple of small problems (see cons).

I don't really have a visual case (there is a top window, but not very big), so I really couldn't care about what it looks like inside the case. I focus on functionality over fashion.

Cons: The biggest gripe I have at the moment is the audio, namely with my headphones, I can hear when there is I/O happening (I believe to my platter drive, not the SSD). It's definitely not completely random, which leads me to believe there's a charge building up over time, which, when released, finds its way into the audio output stream.

There are only 2 fan headers on the board, one of which 'belongs' to the CPU. Modern cases, even as small as the Corsair 250D (which is what I have), have room for more than 2 fans (The 250D comes with 3 (two to the opposing side of the GPU, and a front intake, which this board doesn't support. Currently, I only have the front intake fan running).

As others have mentioned, the layout doesn't quite feel as good as it could be. Front panel header should probably be... near the front panel.

Other Thoughts: I see MSI has released the Z97I... I might upgrade in the near future. I'll give the board some more time (I bought in February, installed in March) to grow on me. For rest of the components of my build:

- Corsair 250D
- Corsair TX650v2
- Intel i7-4770k
- Crucial Ballistix Sport (Very Low Profile) 2x8GB
- Gigabyte GTX 770 4GB (yes, it fits in the 250D!)
- Samsung 840Pro 256GB (Boot+Programs)
- Toshiba 500GB (Data+Saves)
- Windows 7 HP SP1 64

For headset info:
- Razer Carcharias

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  • christopher r.
  • 3/28/2014 10:55:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsProblem Board

Pros: The board is aesthetically pleasing
2) A great overclocker, and an easy one at that.
3) The on board blue-tooth works great and has good connectivity. However, the driver that came on the disk didn't work and I had to get one off MSI's website.

Cons: After purchasing this mobo a month ago I have had nothing but hair pulling aggravation.

1) The motherboard takes forever to boot into windows. Before the MSI splash screen I get a black screen that lasts about 20 seconds. I should be booting in 10 seconds~ like my previous ASUS motherboard!

2) The on-board wi-fi is AWFUL.
I: I randomly get disconnected.
II: the speeds vary wildly (which was never the case when I was using my net-gear wireless adapter)
III: Sometimes I will boot and I wont be able to connect at all, but when I restart it magically starts working again.

3) The on-board USB (9 pin) doesn't work even after installing the drivers for it and re-installing them. A fresh install of windows didn't fix it either.

4) The bios screen is hideous and tedious to navigate through.

Other Thoughts: I really wanted to like this motherboard. I bought an MSI GTX 780 LIGHTNING and loved it so I trusted the brand. NEVER AGAIN will I buy a motherboard from MSI. A friend of mine warned me not to buy this motherboard, and unfortunately, I dismissed him. I would return it but I would be without a computer for a week, and I can't do that, so I'm stuck with this monstrosity until I can pass it on to the next unlucky guy.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
1. You can activate fast boot to speed up the boot process, and/or add SSD as boot drive.
2. Have you tried the latest WLAN driver from Intel's own website to see if it helps with the symptoms?
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=3714&DwnldID=23715&ProductFamily=Wireless+Networking&ProductLine=Intel%C2%AE+Wi-Fi+Products&ProductProduct=Intel%C2%AE+Dual+Band+Wireless-AC+7260&lang=eng
3. Intel has released newer driver already, please kindly try the new version.
http://download.msi.com/dvr_exe/intel_usb30.zip
4. It's a simplified menu for easier navigation, but it may take time for you to adapt to our style if you came from other manufacturer.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/17/2014 4:14:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

Pros: No problems, easy install.
Top notch wireless networking.
Superior audio (headphone amp)

WIth only the memory and GPU overclocked, I ended up in the top 1% of scores on 3dmark for my combination of CPU & GPU.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: For those using this in an especially tiny case, perhaps with a low profile CPU cooler, I highly recommend low profile ram.
I bought 2 X 8 (16gb total) crucial ballistix sport ram (vlp) overclocked great running 1.5volt @1866 with 9/10/10/27 timings.
Other parts:
SG05 silverstone case (tiny!)
xeon 1230v3
MSI 770 twin frozr (remove case fan and everything to install)
NT06 cpu cooler
silverstone 450 sfx psu & flat short cable ki

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  • John H.
  • 2/3/2014 2:10:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

Pros: Until recently I had not pieced together a system in over a decade. When I decided to move forward on this one I spent several weeks reading specs and reviews. All came down to this motherboard. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself while putting this thing together. I could not be any happier during the build or with the end result. This board is the result of quality material and workmanship put together to bring you the latest technology in such a small form factor. My grandpa always told me "a nickel more, first class" BAM

Cons: Zero, Nada, Zilch

Other Thoughts: If it fits your budget you will not be disappointed

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  • Ann B.
  • 1/26/2014 6:10:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorked perfectly on new Linux machine, was especially pleased about Wifi

Pros: I ordered this motherboard instead of others because I saw it had an intel chipset instead of a broadcom one for the Wifi. I've had no end of trouble with broadcom wireless (especially with Linux and annoying with Windows.

The motherboard was set up into a beautiful working small footprint computer within hours (with my husband and I building). Wifi worked perfectly with no tweaking. Overclocking ram was very easy to set up - just go into the bios, I overclocked to 2400 with the ram bought for that overclocking speed (which is a nice pricepoint right now). It was also pretty easy to set up Raid0 to dual 740GB SSD via bios - for video encoding this is a good practical portable setup, and of course as advertised it would make a good portable gaming machine also.

Cons: one external fan connector. Not worth reducing an egg as cooling has not been an issue.

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  • Brian F.
  • 1/20/2014 5:48:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate to my first review after 4 wks

Pros: Fast!!
Quiet
Runs excellent after 4 weeks
Automatic BIOS update on first connection
Runs low temps @ stock settings
Choice of installing software - NO BLOATWARE
5 Bars on 5ghz wireless on second floor!
Plays COD/Team Fortress II/COD/etc at full settings

Cons: Very few. Already stated the one four pin fan connection for case (actually has two to include CPU fan). Fixed with a cheap converter with no issues.

Other Thoughts: Disregard the negative reviews about bloat ware. The disk is very well designed and gives you the option to install all or pick what you want to install. The loss of two eggs for the placement of connectors I believe is excessive. This board is well designed (my first ITX and I'm very impressed). They fit everything in with the video card, RAM and stock CPU cooler in mind. I played Day of Defeat and Team Fortress II before I had my case fans running with amazingly no issues (40c - 50c temps on CPU). I'm going to buy another one when I can find a small enough case with two slots for the video card!

I7 4770K
MSI GTX 760 (made for this board)
G.Skill Sniper 8Gb
250 SSD
1TB Seagate HD

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  • Fletcher M.
  • 1/6/2014 7:27:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsnewegg and msi both failed

Pros: Posts and boots.

Cons: USB ports failed in 2 months. BIOS improperly reads memory speeds. Full functionality requires bloatware. Intel chipset drivers corrupted 4 different hard drives. UEFI enabling features fails constantly.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard has cost approx. $900 in lost and corrupted data as it even destroyed the backups. When it physically failed within 2 months initiated RMA, at which point Newegg rep. removed purchase from my account while processing.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Data corruption sometimes can be caused by defective memory modules.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.
http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or underneath the motherboard, eg 601-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • David G.
  • 1/5/2014 11:49:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsFront Panel Connectors

Pros: Small

Cons: The Front Panel Connector is more in the middle of the board, why? Just more cables running across the board. For that reason i don't like it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product, and we always do our best to accommodate the best I/O placement on our products.
Since Mini ITX is a very small platform therefore many things had to be placed inconveniently.
http://www.msi.com/pic/product/five_pictures2_3006_20131024183135.png

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Suzanne D.
  • 1/5/2014 11:30:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: -Size
-OC capabilities
-Appearance
-Wifi is strong and reliable
-Bios, software
-PCIE 3.0, Killer Lan, No lag
-Runs cool
-Quality materials, the military grade 4 is truly quality
-One speedy board considering its size
-Comes with cool sticker, door handle, box is beautiful
-Rich audio, best onboard audio yet.

I think this board is neck and neck with the EVGA z87 stinger. For 18$ less this board has WIFI (evga does not). MSI has good customer support.

Cons: -Placement of 4 pin power connector is odd to me

Other Thoughts: First OC 4.0ghz @34c idle. CPU is 4670k I5 on EK supermacy HF waterblock.

Next clock should be a lot higher.

Very easy to OC.

Disregard the one star review. If you have a ITX rig and want the strongest and most reliable board, buy this. Cheaper compared to 220-239$ boards.

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