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MSI Z97 MPOWER Max AC LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3200*(*OC)/ 3100*/ 3000*/ 2800*/ 2666*/ 2600*/ 2400*/ 2200*/ 2133*/ 2000*/ 1866*/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • alan k.
  • 10/10/2015 4:48:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNo problems yet

Pros: Easy to setup; solid; pretty

Cons: so so bios

Other Thoughts: I've not head this motherboard very long; it was a replacement for a p67-g65 (B3) since I was updating the graphic card. The board is extremely solid and the layout is not bad (better than the p67). The only complaint is that the fan headers were too far from the front fan and I had to order cable extensions. Also I'm not a fan of the msi bios; much prefer my asrock bios (I have 4 of them). wifi could be a pain but it was easy for me to install; maybe i was lucky.

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  • Daniel V.
  • 9/14/2015 5:34:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: Sturdy Board
2 bios to select
Awesome Amount of ports

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/6/2015 10:44:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: I'm a beginner, and even though I don't want to overclock any of my components, this motherboard was amazing for the price, I got a deal for only 150 bucks. The components are very easy to install, the board is very sturdy, it looks great, and the audio boost works rather well! There are more ports on the board than I would ever need. I love it.

Cons: All of you have probably already heard this one.. the wifi module is bad. Yes, I agree that it should have been pre-installed, but with a little patience, you can get it installed. I'm getting speeds upto 500mbps. The antennas are rather fragile. One of them broke, but I fixed it with a little duct tape and it works good as new.

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  • Brandon W.
  • 8/19/2015 1:53:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board, bad wifi

Pros: Great board, simple and quick ability to overclock.

Cons: Wi-fi/blutooth not built in as implied, has to be installed by the end user/installer. And it is nearly impossible to line up the pins blind and with no guide to make sure they -are- lined up.

On my particular board, it worked once then quit.

Other Thoughts: Great board, but good luck installing the wi-fi adapter.

I do not wish for an RMA, I would settle for a decent wi-fi and/or blutooth card instead.

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  • John D.
  • 8/13/2015 3:12:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Z97 Board; Info on Wifi/BT Adapter

Pros: Solid build construction, lots of usb ports, attractive design, built in wifi/bt (see other thoughts)

Cons: Defective wifi/bt module

Other Thoughts: I bought this to build my first gaming pc (specs at the bottom) earlier this year. I needed a Z97 motherboard that had built in wifi, lots of usb 3.0 ports and reliability. I almost went for the asrock oc formula, but that board wasn't compatible with my cpu cooler.

This is a quality motherboard. Nothing feels flimsy or cheap on it...
...aside from the wifi/bt module.
The first one I had was defective. It connects to the board via a pin header with very small pins. The pins on the first one were too short, so the module wouldn't fully seat even with the screw securing it. It would wobble at the slightest touch. causing the module to become disconnected.

I had to do some back and forth with msi (originally they wanted me to send the entire board in) but they finally agreed to send me a replacement module. The replacement works absolutely fine. It doesn't wobble at all and it hasn't disconnected once since installing it.

Realistically, the adapted should be attached at the factory, or at the very least, improve the connector so installation is easier. Being soldered to the board at the factory would be ideal and would negate pretty much every negative review or complaint this board received due to the wifi/bt module.

As a performer, the board has been rock solid. The uefi is easy to navigate, and the board explorer is a great feature (it especially came in handy troubleshooting the defective wifi/bt module). No problems with any of the ports, usb, audio or otherwise.

My current system will easily last me for the next 6+ years, so I wanted to spend a bit more upfront for the features and quality I needed. Aside from the defective module, I am satisfied with my purchase.

System Specs:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor OC to 4.7GHZ
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U14S CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
SSD: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
SSD: Samsung 850 Pro Series 512GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
HDD: Western Digital Red Pro 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
HDD: Western Digital Red Pro 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB FTW ACX 2.0 Video Card
Case: Fractal Design Define R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: EVGA 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Case Fan: 4x Noctua NF-A14 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 140mm Fan
Mouse: ROCCAT Kone Pure Naval Storm Wired Optical Mouse
Keyboard: Max Keyboard Blackbird Tenkeyless (TKL) Cherry MX Backlit Mechanical Keyboard with Brown Switches

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  • Loren K.
  • 7/25/2015 10:26:44 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsSo far So good

Pros: Good board, 8 SATA ports, Intel LAN, Enough Fan headers for a HAF 922 with 4 case fans.

Cons: Not Free. Just a bug but the back plate has a cutout for the wireless adapter. After reading the reviews on the wireless I decided not to put it in.

Other Thoughts: So here is my long winded review.

So 4 years ago I purchased an i7 2600K with a Gigabyte board. Nice right? No from day one I was have hit and miss problems, RMA the board, problems still there. RMA the RAM problems still. Get new RAM, still problems. Get new AsRock board and still hit and miss problems. The problems only showed when XMP was turned on. running the RAM @ 1333mhz everything was better to a point. It turns out the 2600K CPU was bad. Enable XMP and I would BSOD and have freezing problems. Last month I tried the CPU in 2 different PC and it would post loop in one and the other it was good till XMP was enabled. BAD CPU. I called Intel and jerks said sorry out of warranty... There goes $300.

Another store had this board on a combo with a 4690k for $318 before rebate. I jumped on the deal. In about an hour I had my old setup out and the new MSI in. I have not had an MSI setup in 15 years or so. Back then MSI was on a down hill slide going the way of Abit. When I first opened the box I could tell this is a fine quality product. Took me about an hour to swap out my board for the new. Installed my old Crucial DDR3 1866 (4x4GB) RAM. EVGA GTX970 Crucial M4 SSD Hyper 212 cooler and away I went.

I didn't reformat my PC I just had to re-enter the product key in windows installed all the drivers and started playing Far Cry 4 (this game would freeze on the old 2600k). Ran prime95 over night, no errors. Enabled XMP to 1866 and played all day and re-ran prime95 for another night. Still no errors. Rock solid setup. I am not using the wireless and have no plans to either. My PC sits 6' from my router. It's nice to have the Intel LAN, not the lesser realtek that comes on most boards.

Bottom line this board is a hit. Easy BIOS, I talking caveman easy. I cant wait for next month when I can get me a Samsung 850 Pro and see how it is on a fresh image. I hope this last 4 years, I have no plans on overclocking beyond stock XMP.

I just wish Intel would have done me a solid with the defective 2600k

Case: Cooler Master HAF 922
Mother Board: This one
CPU: Intel 4690K
Video: EVGA GTX970
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 4x4GB 1866
SSD: Crucial M4 256GB
Power: Corsair HX1050
Cox Cable 167Mbs down and 37Mbs up sweet.

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  • Craig J.
  • 7/19/2015 12:56:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsVery Strong Overclocking Board With Great Features

Pros: The MSi X97 MPower Max AC is one of the best MSi boards I have ever owned. While I DO completely agree with some of the negative comments below regarding the Wifi/Bluetooth module installation difficulties, I have mine installed & working perfectly! It has awesome signal strength on 5GHz & I'm getting 180 mbit/sec download speeds on wifi (which is better than some other dual band adapters I've tried). I strongly agree that the wifi module should have been pre-installed & NOT left up to the poor consumer to deal with! Aside from that, this board has AWESOME overclocking capabilities, a very simple to navigate & feature rich "click bios" to make all of your hardware configuration settings & is a very study PCB. I literally popped in my i5 4690K & my MUSHKIN Enhanced Redline DDR3 2400 memory, rebooted at stock settings & went back into bios, upped the multiplier to 48, set CPU core voltage to 1.32 volts, set memory profile as XMP memory profile (which set my memory to the correct clock speed of 2400 MHz & the voltage to the required 1.65 volts) and I was off & running @ 4.8 GHz, ROCK SOLID & 100% Prime95 stable on air! THAT'S IT!!! easiest overclock I've done in years! I will admit that I have mostly been an AMD guy for the better part of 10 years & this IS my first Intel build in over 5 years, I was amazed at how easy (and stable) this board is for overclocking vs the AMD builds I have done.

Cons: Like others have mentioned, the Wifi/Bluetooth module has a very tiny & flimsy connector on it & should have either been permanently mounted onboard or at the very least, pre-installed at the factory & NOT left up to the consumer to try to install. Also, I have yet to find a way to disable the Bluetooth feature (which I DON'T need & will NEVER use). The M.2 socket only seems to support X2 mode, which will limit the fastest X4 M.2 PCIE SSDs to about half of their speed (750 MB/s) but this is still relatively new tech. so I'm not going to take off an egg for that ;-)

Other Thoughts: I didn't purchase this from the Egg (which is where I usually purchase ALL of my PC stuff) only because a BIG electronics store had this motherboard with an Intel i5 4690K combo for under three hundred bucks! I just couldn't pass that deal up!

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/17/2015 12:44:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat board marred by WiFi module

Pros: As a first time builder I could have chosen an easier Mobo, but I was curious. The board is pretty sturdy with heatsinks all over. Rather than just listing features, I can say that the BIOS utility is pretty cool with the saved OC profiles etc.

Cons: The wifi and Bluetooth module is not soldered onto the PCB. This means you have to put one screw basically (not quite) in through the motherboard to the module. It is very loose when attached no matter how close you get to overtightening and breaking your Mobo.

Then it moves and clashes with its own circuitry when you try to fit it in the I/O panel. So I'm a newb, and of course I broke it, I'm sure (according to a Tom's Hardware post) but only the WiFi module. If I want to have Bluetooth, it's still possible; but alas, I'd rather have WiFi so I can update the drivers for my WiFi module.

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  • Dennis S.
  • 6/28/2015 10:46:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent Board

Pros: Received This As A Gift And Here Are My Thoughts:

Nice On-board Soundcard
Easy Overclock And BIOS
Easy Setup With Included Driver CDs
Good Motherboard watercooling Support

Cons: Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Module Took A Bit To Put In Correctly. Just Take Your Time And It Will Work Eventually.

Pricey Compared To Most Other Boards

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  • Brandon D.
  • 5/14/2015 8:52:59 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: A really nice motherboard, Had no problems with installing the wifi adapter. I used this in my first custom build.

Cons: the sound card is EHH. Its not hard to tune the sound card, but the sound card is not as loud as my older M17X alienware laptop.

Other Thoughts: MSI makes a great product, i would def recommend it.

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