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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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  • 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

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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
  • Tech Level: Average
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Average
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Average
  • 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Average
  • 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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