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MSI Z97 MPOWER 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(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
  • 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

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


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.


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 35 degree Celsius 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.


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 ear-drum shattering 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 overcurrent 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.



What's in the Box

Besides a plethora of necessary cables and connectors you 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

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Timothy S.
  • 1/2/2015 10:16:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Great motherboard with what seems like vast overclocking potential; most of which will go unused.
Overclocked 4690K to 4.2GHz; stock voltage settings with CM Hyper 212 EVO without issue.
Overclocked 4GBx2 GSkill Sniper 1866MHz RAM to 2133MHz using stock voltages without issue.
Updated BIOS via USB stick (not through Windows) without issue.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I am only utilizing two RAM slots, so I cannot attest to CPU cooler clearance beyond that.
So far, this board has been nothing but solid.

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  • Mark R.
  • 11/20/2014 3:10:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing board

Pros: Great board, easy to setup, runs fantastic, very awesome slick looking. Bios is easy to use, definitely meant for overclocking

Cons: none

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  • Zbigniew O.
  • 11/12/2014 2:28:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeastly Board :)

Pros: My 5-6 year old gigatbye 770t board was starting to die out on me. So i decided its time to upgrade, and paired a intel 4790k with this board.
Everything works seamlessly with this board. The Bios has a very attractive and informative interface. Construction design and quality is great on this board. This board looks great with my Msi 670gtx power edition, and corsair carbide air 540 artic white case.

Cons: Wish the M power words would glow yellow and the yellow M chipset logo too :)

Other Thoughts: Newegg and MSI fail to metion this board comes with these little awesome front panel connectors called M connectors. You basically connect all those tiny front panel connectors onto a labeled little block, then you easily plug it into the front panel connector on your motherboard. Save time and effort looking into the manual where things need to be connected. Also the debug LED show your Cpu's temperature in real time accurately.

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  • Miles G.
  • 10/24/2014 7:44:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid, fast, and full featured

Pros: High quality construction. Fast, easy to navigate BIOS. Extremely stable under standard settings and light overclocking (I haven't tried any really crazy OC yet.)

I've installed Z series motherboards from ASUS and Gigabyte as well. I find this card to be of higher production value and the BIOS is a step up from the ROG. Granted my last ROG was a Z77, so they might have improved.

Cons: I'm docking MSI an egg because their marketing at the company website indicates that the board comes with an M.2 to sata express converter.

"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."

My box did not come with one. I can't even find where they sell it separately.

My SSDs are fast, but I wanted to use the converter to get to 10 gb/s instead of 6.

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  • Marc D.
  • 9/14/2014 2:52:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA Audio / Not Military Grade Components

Pros: Bios / Drivers are easily upgradable. There were a few things that the engineers got right on this board but the one or two bad layout decisions sort of makes the good decisions pointless.

Cons: This is probably the 2nd worst motherboard I've had since I've started building computers 15 years ago.

Audio was DOA. Not detected by anybody.

Unfortunately their return policy requires you to be without a computer for the 2-6 weeks they anticipate it takes them to round trip a return. (You send us the product and wait 2 weeks and then we'll send you a return package 2 weeks later). Unfortunately Newegg's return policy is not that much better either.

The UEFI Bios resets all settings to manufacture default about 80% of the time on reboots/startups.

The location and choice of the PCI Express slots make utilizing a two video card setup along with any othe peripheral devices a pain. The sound card pretty that I had to put in because Audio was DOA is directly underneath a video card. Almost all mid sized to upper range video cards now take 2 slots.

There appear to be other hardware issues with the motherboard and I am expecting this motherboard to be replaced very quickly.

Other Thoughts: For being advertised as having "Military" grade quality components I expected far better quality control and at a bare minimum a system that had all components functional and had normal stability (being able to run for several months without a problem).

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure you done a clean/fresh load of window.
2. Check that you have update Bios / drivers provided from our website .
3. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.
you can request for advanced replacement, which is subject to product availability and requires a credit card (non-prepaid type) to proceed. Thank you

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Michael G.
  • 8/22/2014 10:47:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Mobo

Pros: Installed all my parts and it booted right up.

Intel Core i7-4790k

HyperX Fury Black Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX316C10FBK2/16

MSI n770 (GTX 770) 4GB

Cons: the Sata ports are in a bit of a weird location if you have larger graphics cards but its nothing that is an inconvenience

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  • Bilal C.
  • 7/24/2014 12:27:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTons of power, very stable. OC Dream.

Pros: Nothing bad to say about this board. Have my 4790k runnning at 5.0ghz currently, rock solid voltage supplied. Also ran a 780ti KINGPIN at max voltage from PEX(PCI-E) and it was rock solid. If you know what you're doing, this board will back some heavy overclocks. Worth every penny compared to other boards in this price range.

Cons: Nothing

Other Thoughts: If you want power.. buy it. I've installed 5 different Z97 boards now and this one gives the most stable voltages.

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  • Timothy H.
  • 6/26/2014 6:15:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat board false info

Pros: Oc is a breeze, options are amazing. Solid board as far as i can see at the moment, a year from now tells all. I compare everything i build to the one that still runs my asus p5n going over 6 years...

Cons: the info on the board when i bought it said it came with a wifi/wimax adapter this was not shipped or mentioned anywhere and trust me i looked. That feature is the reason i chose msi over an asus board, i have been with asus for a while and like them, but wanted the wifi/wimax feature enough to try msi... it was mentioned on new egg at time of sale, and on msi website, a few days after i bought the board, both places no longer mention this feature would have been nice had i waited

Other Thoughts: this board seems great don't get me wrong if it keeps going i'll be pleased enough, but i wanted the wifi/wimax i did not want a usb adapter and the pci-e slots don't work well with the sli trying to fit them in... I can only imagine it becoming an air flow night mare. I haven't decided if i will buy msi again... hard to say because you might expect to get one feature listed and it not be there and removed... for that reason i will hesitate to buy from msi again

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

It's an optional feature and the model that has the WLAN module is Z97 Mpower Max AC, see below link.

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
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Rashed C.
  • 6/18/2014 9:06:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome board!!

Pros: Very good board, full of new features, haven't tested the overclocking ability yet because I am waiting for 4790k.

Cons: Look at other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: Took me a while to get it working because the I had the ram sticks in the wrong slots. Apparently, you have to put the ram sticks closer to the cpu for some reason.

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  • Jon W.
  • 6/2/2014 10:00:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad luck? Or Bad Quality?

Pros: Looks cool and has a lot of the same features as other boards for less.

Cons: I'm not sure if this board has some build flaws or if I just got really unlucky... I bought this board with an EVGA G2 1000 watt power supply. The motherboard arrived with some slightly bent pins in the CPU socket, but it looked like they would all still contact the CPU, so I went ahead and put it all together. To my dismay, the on-board POST code reader would run up to 55 and then loop over and over again. I was using a known good i7-4770K and Corsair Dominator RAM, so I returned it for a replacement from Newegg. While I was waiting for the replacement, I ordered an MSI H81M-E35 motherboard to use, and that board worked out of the box without issues.

So a few days ago I got the replacement and it looked good. No bent pins or defects that I could see. I installed it and it worked for most of the day, but then it started doing some hard-resets and then stating that the overclocking failed, which suprised me since I never turned on the overclocking functions. There are three ATX power connections and one PCI Express on the motherboard, and I had all four connected to the brand new power supply I ordered with the first board. I decided to run Prime95 to put the system under some load and after only a couple of seconds the board hard-reset. This time however, it started doing the same thing the original board did and would not get past POST code 55. I then took everything apart and reinstalled the H81M-E35 motherboard I had got previously with all of the same parts that had been on the Z97 MPOWER board. Everything worked normally and I ran Prime95 all day without any issues, so I know all of my parts are good.

Other Thoughts: So due to this, I gave up and am sending the replacement back for a full refund instead. I hope I was just unlucky and no one else has these problems. In the mean time, I'm just going to go back to ASUS and order a Maximus VII Hero.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Bent pins is an user-induced damage, see below for the proper installation procedures (shown in the user's manual as well).

Proper CPU installation procedures:
1. Open metal cage first by releasing lever without removing the plastic cover (Warning! Do not remove the plastic cap yet).
2. Insert processor into the socket.
3. Close the metal cage and secure the lever, plastic cover will come off automatically.

In order to replace this motherboard, we will charge you a $45 to process a replacement.
Please feel free to get in touch with us to proceed with this OOW RMA request by calling our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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