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

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3200(OC)/3100(OC)
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  • Supports 4th and 5th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3300(OC) Memory
  • M.2 + USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gbps
  • Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & 3-way AMD CrossFire Support
  • 12 Phase DigitALL Power Design
  • OC Certified: Military Class Burn-in Test Passed
  • Enhanced Thermal Design & Water Cooling Heatsink
  • OC Engine: For More Flexible BCLK Adjustments
  • V-Check Points 2: Three multi-meters at the same time
  • VGA Cease Fire: Easy to Disable the VGA Card
  • Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Essentials: The Most Convenient Tools while Breaking the Record
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in one Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel® Wireless Display

No Limits

The MSI Overclocking motherboards are designed based on four principles:

  • Continuous implementation of professional overclockers' feedback
  • Continue MSI's leading position in power efficiency and stability
  • The best overclocking tools
  • Infuse the DNA of MSI's LIGHTNING graphics cards

Changing the Overclocking Game

  • OC Certified
  • Built with LIGHTNING DNA
  • Enhanced components
  • Enhanced power
  • Enhanced thermal design
  • Military Class components
  • Extreme OC socket design
  • OC PCB
  • Optimized overclocking BIOS
  • OC Essentials
  • DigitALL power PWM

OC Certified  Z97 MPOWER MAX AC


OC Certified is a military class burn-in test for motherboards. Running Prime95 for over 24 hours with a highly overclocked CPU is already a stressing endeavor, but removing all airflow from the motherboard ensures that only the best motherboards survive. If a motherboard can survive this, it can survive any overclocking situation.

MSI Overclocking motherboards are equipped with all the necessary features to make sure you get the most out of your system. From the Enhanced PWM with a large amount of power phases and Thermal Design that give you the best stability, to all the easy features that ensure that you don't have to perform a lot of tricks to get great stability in your quest for performance.



The OC PCB used for the MSI overclocking motherboards has a completely new design in which 50% more layers are used compared to standard motherboards. This allows us to optimize all traces for overclocking. Power and signal traces are isolated, resulting in higher efficiency and performance and more features can be installed relatively close to each other without causing interference. Every MSI overclocking motherboard is tuned for better stability under extreme circumstances:

  • Increased number of PCB layers
  • Increased humidity resistance
  • Tight weave Fiberglass PCB
  • Increased ESD protection

DigitALL Power PWM

DigitALL Power digitally steers and receives feedback through a DigitALL PWM controller. This allows for pinpoint voltage delivery and lower power consumption.

Thermal Design

Besides inspiring visual awe the MPOWER Thermal Design was developed to deliver the highest cooling potential in the worst situation. Because it is optimized to work in low-airflow situations, it is the ideal cooling to use with your liquid cooling setup.

  • MPOWER thermal design
  • SuperPipe
  • Low airflow
  • Optimized design
  • Clear CPU space
  • Metal screws

Extreme OC Socket Design

What is more frustrating than not being able to properly fit your cooling solution on your motherboard? Through feedback from professional overclockers, extensive research, unique design and the use of Military Class 4 components, we were able to create a lot of space around the socket making sure you can fit any cooling solution you want. Having this much space also makes it easier to insulate the motherboard for use with LN2 or other extreme cooling solutions.

Water Cooling Heatsink

Featuring a new unique heatsink design, MSI Z97 overclocking motherboards ensure the best cooling performance. Saving water cooling enthusiasts having to buy a waterblock for our motherboards, new generation overclocking models feature a no compromise built-in solution within the heatsink. So whether you choose a traditional air cooling or enthusiast water cooling solution, be sure to expect the lowest temperatures and maximum performance under the most extreme conditions.


OC Engine

Run into unstable situations when pushing your CPU to the limit? This occurs because the internal clocks are linked through the 100 MHz BCLK strap. Thanks to a integrated Clock Generator, MSI Z97 Overclocking motherboards support more flexible BCLK adjustments, from 100 / 125 / 167 MHz straps. Using these straps prevents system crashing while overclocking on the edge and opens doors to achieve the absolute maximum.


OC Essentials

A small set of tools that are essential to get the best performance out of your motherboard. These features increase stability, assist in trouble shooting, allow you to keep your complete system in check and allow for simple management. This way you can keep your mind on overclocking.


V-Check Points 2

After MOA feedback we enhanced the V-Check Points with two extra ground connectors. This way overclockers can use three multi-meters at the same time.

Do Not Use CPU-Z to Measure Voltages!

The increased switching frequencies and incompatibilities lead to large deviations.

  1. CPU Input Voltage
  2. IMC Voltage
  3. Core0 Voltage
  4. iGPU Voltage
  5. Ring Bus Voltage
  6. System Agent Voltage
  7. Ground
  8. Ground
  9. Ground


Push Your SSD to the Limit

Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI Overclocking 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 10Gbps, making it 67% faster than SATA 3.0 solutions.

Faster Storage Solutions with M.2

M.2 is the successor to mSATA, offering a 67% performance increase up to 10Gbps. M.2 is packed in a small form factor and is compatible with three different sizes to fit most storage solutions. All latest generation Intel® based MSI Overclocking motherboards feature M.2 storage.

Flexible Fast Storage with SATA Express

SATA Express introduces a new solution in high speed storage through PCI Express, providing more bandwidth for the latest generation SSDs. We offer flexible solutions with an M.2 to SATA Express converter for more convenience.

Military Class 4

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-C Cap, Super Ferrite Choke and Solid Caps will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme conditions.


HI-C Cap

A Hi-C Cap is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAP`s MSI mainboards are the most energy efficient in the market.


Super Ferrite Choke

Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 95°F (35°C) lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.


Dark Cap

With their aluminum core design, Dark Cap's have been a staple in high-end motherboard design and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

Focus on Quality

We put extra effort in increasing customer satisfaction. Our RMA rate has drastically decreased in the last few years. To achieve the highest quality the MSI Overclocking motherboards are developed by our most senior engineers on the most advanced production lines.

We are continuously improving our customer services, so in case you might run into a problem you can be assured we offer a fast response to your questions and hand you in depth information on the subject.


Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers and shielding result in the best circuit protection for our overclocking motherboards.


With MSI ECO Center you can physically cut the power to unused chips to save up to 29% power usage.


10% Reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent "Conductive Anodic Filament." Untreated PCB's can have failure rate that's ten-times higher.


All key components used in MSI motherboards have all passed military testing ensuring stable operation in the harshest environments.


Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.


All MSI motherboards comply with stringent American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference.


 Z97 MPOWER MAX AC Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards

MSI Overclocking motherboards feature perfectly aligned PCI-Express 3.0 slots 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 NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD CrossFire™ gaming setup.

CeaseFire Lite

When you are overclocking with LN2 and 4 VGA cards and simply want to benchmark using 3 or less VGA cards you don't have to physically remove one or more cards thanks to CeaseFire Lite, saving you a lot of time. With MSI CeaseFire Lite it is very easy to disable one of the PCI-E x16 slots with a simple switch in the BIOS.

Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features. Click on the button on the right to visit our dedicated BIOS page and learn more.


Overclocking Software

MSI Overclocking motherboards are equipped with advanced overclocking software tools to fine tune even the most in-depth OC settings with ease.


MSI Command Center

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.


MSI Command Center Lite

This lightweight overclocking tool doesn't need installation and doesn't occupy unnecessary system resources lowering system benchmark scores. With a single mouse click you have access to the most important overclocking features.



MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk with the retail value of $35. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20 times faster than a modern SSD. There are options to load complete game images, you can speed up your browser or your page file which increases your whole game system performance.


Audio Boost

Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for amazing sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games.

Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability.

The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your PC.

  • Studio level integrated 600O headphone amplifier
  • Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • EMI shielded audio codec
  • High quality audio capacitors
  • Illuminated audio PCB separation

OC Genie 4

We have implemented the revolutionary OC Genie 4 button on the MSI Overclocking motherboards. Just press the OC Genie button, on the motherboard or in Click BIOS 4, to achieve a stable overclock in just one second, giving your system a nice performance boost.


CPU Over-Current Protection

When the MSI Overclocking motherboard detects a failure from hardware such as the CPU, it will shut down, prevent booting and protects other hardware from damage by disconnecting power to it. A red LED let's you know that over-current protection is active.



Entering a BIOS can be a frustrating job. Because nowadays motherboards boot Lightning fast, we added the GO2BIOS button. Simply push it before you start or restart your system and you'll go straight to the system BIOS when your motherboard powers on.


Intel® Ethernet

Always connected with Intel® Gigabit LAN networking. Optimized for multimedia and gaming use to deliver a stable and fast network connection. Even when using LN2, to make sure you can upload your record-breaking scores.


Intel® Wi-Fi AC & Bluetooth

The MSI Overclocking motherboards come with an easily unpluggable Intel® Wi-Fi / Bluetooth module which also supports Intel® WiDi (Wireless Display). This way you can easily connect to other wireless devices in your home.

The support of 802.11 AC and Bluetooth 4.0 ensures that you have the fastest available transfer speed. With Intel® WiDi and a WiDi receiver (not included) you can watch movies on your TV without the need for any cables.



What's in the Box

Besides a plethora of necessary cables and connectors, you'll also get a cool Do-Not-Disturb door-hanger, a slick MSI OC series case badge, a set of cable labels and the stylish all black M-shield.


Learn more about the MSI Z97 MPOWER Max AC

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Joshua T.
  • 1/8/2015 10:24:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsMOBO Works great but the AC....

Pros: Very Sturdy Board, Overclocking works great with several easy to use Utilities! Easy to work on, and great look and plenty of extra slots for graphic cards(will update)

Cons: The WIFI/WIDI/BT module does NOT come installed, you have to do it yourself. This wouldn't be an issue except for the fact that it is INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT to do. You have to line up some verrry tiny pins with the board, and then you have to screw it in place. Sounds easy, but I've done it several times now and its still not seeing the module as being seated. I'll update if i get it working, but if I can't I'm sending it back.

Other Thoughts: This board has great potential, but the whole reason its priced higher than the other MPOWER is because of the MAX AC. There is absolutely no reason that this shouldn't come attached to the board like everything else, since it just leaves a gaping hole in the back of the board without onboard.

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  • SUSAN L.
  • 12/27/2014 3:41:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWifi and Bluetooth problem

Pros: N/a

Cons: N/a

Other Thoughts: Does anyone else have a problem wi the wifi and Bluetooth module, the pins don't line up and it won't fit on the motherboard?

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  • Ian M.
  • 12/11/2014 3:29:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsUpset with the service

Pros: Liquid cooling protective coating, fits current gen equipment, decent cost.

Cons: Terrible support, MSI updater ruined the board when it attempted a BIOS upgrade. I've had the board about 6 months and I have to spend 10% of the cost of the product to have them replace it even though it's under warranty and now have to wait for the better part of a month for a new one.

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  • Hasan M.
  • 12/4/2014 8:09:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood board but misleading information

Pros: - Nice overclocking features.

Cons: - WiFi AC Module does not work (does not work for many other people as well, as seen on numerous forum posts)

- Audio Boost is a gimmick. The on-board sound is absolutely horrendous.

- Sound Blaster Cinema is NOT supported despite it being listed here on NewEgg, as well as the US region MSI site for this motherboard.

Other Thoughts: If you actually care about the features you are getting on a motherboard and don't throw your money around for features that don't work, this is not the motherboard for you. Here's why:

This board essentially has 60 dollars tacked onto it, compared to the regular Z97 MPOWER for features that don't work.

As mentioned before, the WiFi AC module is a hit or miss. Didn't work for me, neither did it for many other people. I called into MSI support to which I was told by the support rep himself, "yes, a lot of people have been having a problem with the module".

I was looking into getting some nice headphones and save on a sound card. This board claims to have Audio Boost with Sound Blaster Cinema support. This is completely false. Installing any kind of external Sound Blaster software will give you the error "No audio devices are supported" when you launch the SB application. For anyone that has this board, I dare you to plug in high-end headphones into the built-in sound card (even regular headphones). You will laugh at the quality. After multiple calls into MSI support, I was first told "There may be a problem with the motherboard" as to why it's not detecting audio devices on SB Cinema, and then "SB Cinema is not supported by the motherboard"

SB Cinema would have been the redeeming quality to the bad audio card on this motherboard..but it's not supported. YET they list it on the US MSI website, as well as here on NewEgg as being supported.

Don't get me wrong though. The board is awesome for its essential features, but they tack on an extra 60 dollars for this version because of features I mentioned before, that don't work. I ended up getting a full refund for this board after explaining this to Newegg, so there was that. I instead ordered the regular MSI Z97 MPower.

Moral of the story: If you want to waste 60 dollars, get this board. Otherwise get the regular Z97 MPower (and get a separate sound card because Audio Boost is not what it's made out to be).

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/3/2014 12:49:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBios Update 1.6 problem with Mause and keyboard asus gx950

Pros: ok

Cons: have a problem with bios update 1.6(bios not working and not recognized .

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  • Michael M.
  • 10/17/2014 10:03:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing motherboard

Pros: Easily the best motherboard I've ever purchased, and I have purchased many boards across many brands.

UEFI is very user friendly, easily allows for quick changes with an easy to use gui.

Tons of PWM fan headers. I use an NZXT Phantom full tower with 3 x 120mm fans, a 240mm side fan, and 2 x 120mm cpu fans on my radiator and there is tons of places to put them.

The wifi and bluetooth modules are a real treat that you don't see too often on motherboards in this price range.

PCIe slots. This board is tri-SLI capable if you are interested in that. I use 2 x 4GB 760s in SLI and they work well with this motherboard without any hiccups.

Voltage monitoring pins are in a nice place if you ever need to debug your hardware with a multimeter

Cons: Not really cons, but they are worth noting in case you are looking at this board.

The wifi module does not come soldered onto the board, you will have to manually screw it onto the board, but it's easy enough and only takes a minute to do.

There is a 6-pin power connector in an abnormal location on the left side of the board. I had no issues with my power supply, but users with shorter PSU cables without an extension may have issues reaching the header.

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  • Michael N.
  • 9/20/2014 9:28:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI'm truly impressed with everything about this board

Pros: -Incredible heatsink design, the fact that you can integrate your watercooling system through the motherboard is a great feature.
-Easy efficient overclocking.
-Good number of USB ports.
-Audio boost is noticeably better than other cards. Great onboard sound.
-Great temps due to the ingenius heatsink designs. (I'm idling in high 20s/low 30s and am in the mid 40s under load.)
-Military grade- you can feel the quality of this from the getgo.

Cons: -caps on the back were sharp and ripped my latex glove :( LOL
-in all seriousness, they need to do something about the wifi AC card that it ships with. It's nearly impossible to get in properly. TAKE YOUR TIME WHEN INSTALLING IT. I can't stress it enough, do not rush or you will cause irreparable damage to the pins on the card and/or the board.

Other Thoughts: If I was reviewing the version without the Wifi/Bluetooth card I would give it 5 eggs all day long, but i payed extra for this version and what I received is a massive pain to install properly. Literally my only issue with the board.

Amazing mobo.

(specs for those wondering:
Thermaltake LVL 10 gt snow edition case
Intel i7 4790k Devil's Canyon
PowerColor R9 280 GPU (temporarily, until the next gen premier cards come out in a few months)
16gb HyperX 1833 DDR3 RAM
500gb Samsung 840 SSD
2tb WD Eco Drive)

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  • Abrahem J.
  • 9/12/2014 1:53:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsZ97 Max Power AC

Pros: Amazing build quality.
So many features.
Easy to use.
UEFI is very intuitive.
Bundled utilities actually useful (mostly)

Cons: No SATA Express (not a con if you don't need)
Unfortunately didn't buy from the egg :(

Other Thoughts: 4790k @4.6GHz 1.225v Batch# L419B544 Max core temp 74c ~ P95 2 Hour Stable!
Shooting for that magic 5GHz!

Love this board I have not used an MSI board in a long time and didn't realize how much they've come along. MSI just won me back.

Keep up the excellent work MSI!

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  • Florent S.
  • 8/30/2014 11:54:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow.

Pros: First off, I'd like to say; if you're thinking about buying this motherboard. DO it. It is totally worth it. I must say I am extremely impressed.

So many things to talk about where do I begin?
Let me name some "Pros"

-Beautiful sexy board
-When they said military grade, they meant it!
-Clear CMOS button is literally on back I/O Panel
-Temperature clock on board
-Easy-button access for Power, Reset, + (-) for OC.
-OC Switches
-Audio boost, I swear you don't need a sound card! It sounds amazing
-Bluetooth / Wifi antennas don't cease to impress
-Runs very cool (I do have 5 case fans in my case, 2 intake and 3 cooling and I'm at 35. When playing high-end games I'm at 55-60.
-So much more but I just wanna finish this review.

Cons: None, is a little pricey but lets be honest. You get what you pay for, this was worth every penny. The extra gift with Siberia V2 Headset was also nice, great headset.

Other Thoughts: My specs:

NZXT Phantom 410 Series Case
MSi Z97 MPower Max AC Motherboard
Intel i7-4790K Devil's Canyon 4.0GHz
TridentX 16GB RAM

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  • Joseph C.
  • 8/12/2014 7:59:21 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat MB with some minor Issue

Pros: The motherboard works and the over-clocking potential is great. I built my liquid cooling system using a Phobya Kit so I could use the MOSFET block that is already installed. Though it is a wonderful motherboard with abundant options the are some issues.

Cons: The first issue is the wifi connector that you have to manually install and can ruin the motherboard if not done slowly. I can never understand why MSI and ASUS do this instead of soldering it to the board, if people buy this board it is for the included wifi. The second issue: I understand the real estate on a MB is low, but placing a 6 pin over the PCI-e slot is hell on cable management. Last: if you have read other post, the updating apps have a problem with not updating Bios, Utilities, Driver,, you get the picture. The issue is, if you try to update everything at once ( which is an opinion) it will look like it is working , then fail. If you update individually then you will not have any issues.
I used a test table to build a system before installing it ( excluding liquid cooling) and this motherboard needed it.

Other Thoughts: Beside the issues this is a nice motherboard with a lot of over-clocking potential, you just need to be a builder with a few systems under the belt before trying this motherboard.

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