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MSI Z97-Gaming 7 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3300(OC)/3000(OC)
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Audio boost 2

Reward Your Ears with True Quality
Get ready for ear-drum-amazing sound, with MSI Audio Boost 2! With Audio Boost 2 we're delivering the highest audio quality with the use of Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio.

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Isolated Audio PCB
With traditional onboard audio the signal is distorted by electromagnetic signals from the rest of the PCB. Audio Boost 2 acts like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry which is separated by a red LED path. Less interference gives you a more clear audio signal.

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Direct Audio Power
Enjoy a heavy caliber audio experience with Direct Audio Power. A dedicated power input to Audio Boost 2 allows for a more powerful and stable power delivery, resulting in a more explosive and pure sound experience.

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Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2
Thanks to Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones or speakers. Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments. Hear your enemies perfectly, make your ears a decisive tool to finish on top.

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Dual Headhpone Amplifiers
Prepare for an eargasm. The built-in dual headphone amplifier rewards your high quality headphone with the most amazing studio level sound quality up to 600O delivered from your gaming PC.

Tired of having to connect your headset in difficult to reach places? MSI GAMING motherboards are designed to be easy to use, featuring front & rear audio outputs fueled by Audio Boost 2.

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High Quality Audio Capacitors
With the use of professional Nichicon Japanese capacitors, specially designed for audio purposes, MSI GAMING motherboards provide the highest possible audio signal filtering. Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism.

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Golden Audio Connectors
With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with less chance of distortion.

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USB Audio Power
When connecting multiple USB devices, most motherboards will be unable to deliver a strong 5V power signal to all USB ports. This is highly noticeable with high-quality external USB DACs where sound quality degrades as the motherboard is unable to deliver a perfect USB signal.

Audio boost 2Only MSI USB Audio Power continuously delivers a stable 5V to the USB ports on motherboards, making sure you can continue to enjoy the crystal clear audio standard you expect.

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Killer™ E2200 Game Networking
The Killer™ E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect™, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.

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Push Your SSD To The Limit
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI GAMING 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 GAMING 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.

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XSplit Gamecaster
XSplit Gamecaster lets you easily record your gaming moments and broadcast your live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube, UStream and more.

It's simple, easy to use and ideal for sharing your gameplay with friends, family or the world - Or for capturing those perfect gaming moments, just for the heck of it.

So what are you waiting for? Join the revolution and start streaming and recording with XSplit Gamecaster today.

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SteamOS Support Out of the Box
MSI is committed to PC Gaming and that is why MSI GAMING motherboards support SteamOS by default. Because of this, MSI works close with numerous tier #1 system integrators that released their popular SteamBOX PC's.

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Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards
Get up to three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, with optimal placement for better fitting and airflow. That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate jumping off from your screen when running a NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD CrossFire™ gaming setup.


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


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  • Shawn A.
  • 2/23/2015 9:08:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweet Mobo

Pros: Really easy to install
Looks great!

Cons: None as of yet

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  • Adam A.
  • 2/23/2015 9:01:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Board

Pros: Really nice board. Bought two, both are stable and running smooth at 4.7Ghz with 4790k's in them. Haven't tried to push it, but getting that speed was so easy, I'm betting 5Ghz is attainable. Will see soon enough.

Board looks really nice. One of the best looking boards I've owned, and I've had some of the best of the best over many, many years of building computers.

Onboard audio is actually quite impressive. I think it puts my old Soundblaster Xfi to shame. It's that good. Very clean, crisp audio. Totally did not expect that. I am old school, so I don't like integrated anything, but I can live with the audio on this board. It will please any audiophile I'm sure.

I can't complain about the connectors or anything like others. I have a case big enough to fit everything without issue. Mobo does come with pin blocks for the power cables and front panel connections, which make it a breeze to install them.

Bios is pretty cool. Haven't tweaked it much yet, but all the needed options seem to be there, and the GUI makes it so much easier to deal with.

Cons: None really. Looks nice, plays nice, easy to install and setup, easy overclocking. As good as many $200+ boards I've had in the past.

Other Thoughts: People need to recognize that sometimes, you're going to get some bad parts. If your mobo gives you problems, RMA it for another. I've had boards good and bad from most major manufacturers. I've also had some very low dollar cheapos that were indeed garbage. This board isn't one of those. It's a quality piece of hardware, but you could get a dud like some people have mentioned. That could happen with any mfg. though, and it does with all of them. As a veteran computer builder, I'd say this board is definitely worth owning.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/12/2015 12:28:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo quality control, it seems

Pros: Nice color scheme, great audio chip

Cons: Right out of the box, the PCI-E slots were defective. Tested with multiple graphics cards. Seems to be a semi-common problem with this MB.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

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

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  • Peter H.
  • 2/3/2015 3:56:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor QC

Pros: Nice looking paperweight.

Cons: Powered down for the night, next morning it wouldn't boot.

Endless cycle of b2/97/10 error codes from the board, which point all over the place with the vague descriptions in the manual. Thankfully I had an old system to test out all the other build parts in and was able to determine it was the mobo.

MSI support was woeful - sent in a detailed description of all the troubleshooting steps I had taken in the days leading up to contacting them, only to have it ignored and was sent very likely a form letter - as it listed "do all the same stuff you've already done". What a waste of time.

Second time I've had a MSI mobo burn out in under 6 months. Thankfully this one died so quickly, I could still RMA to NewEgg. Board was never overclocked, running stock speeds - it simply ate itself. Will avoid MSI at all costs in the future.

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  • Phillip S.
  • 1/26/2015 11:43:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Mobo

Pros: -Very easy installation. For this being my first full build, it was a breeze and the instructions were very well written and easy to follow.
-This mobo looks great with the black and red theme and the LEDs that light up look great through my side window on my case.
-For a new over clocker the OC Genie button is a great addition. Been testing out the OC Genie and have not had a single issue under loads, so its a safe starter for OC'ing.

Cons: -Absolutely none so far.

Other Thoughts: I built my computer on Dec 16th 2014 using this Mobo paired with an intel i7 4790k w/ 8GB of G. Skill Trident X RAM, CX 750 PSU, GTX 660ti GPU. I could not be happier.

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  • chris w.
  • 1/12/2015 5:20:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMSI Z97 Gaming 7

Pros: Of course we start with the pros...
Beautiful!!! Looks wonderful with red G Skill Ram
Great configuration!!!
Easy to install!!!
Excellent Bios and really easy to navigate

Cons: The SLOW MODE BOOT SWITCH!!!
Had a problem with my cpu not running over 800 mhz...Multiplier would not change in either direction so I was just about to RMA this board. Luckily my nerd buddies found the only thing on the net that had any reference to the switch. Found that mine was enabled from the factory. Disabled it and it cruised at 3.2 and the multiplier was finally unlocked.
I read thru the manual a few times to make sure I wasn't missing something and no where in there does it say the slow mode boot switch will force your computer to run at 800 mhz.

TECH SUPPORT
Accused me of overclocking.. How exactly can I overclock if the cpu is running at 800 MHz and the multiplier wont change? Then they blamed my CPU... The fix is above...
They were more than happy to accuse me of overclocking and not provide ANY potential fixes or problem resolution.
Nastygram submitted but I can assure you that all the "unsatisfied" surveys go straight in the recycle bin.

Other Thoughts: I love this board.. it is beautiful and wonderfully easy to work with once all the factory preset switches are in the correct position. If I had other MSI products and had dealt with the incompetent tech support prior to this, I probably would've gone with Asus or Giga for this build.

Ive read other reviews about the QC and I think this is the case... I understand they need to test everything at the factory but there needs to be some measures put in to place that can fix issues like this. Im dropping one egg because the product is great but the company and tech support is lacking.

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  • JinZhao H.
  • 1/9/2015 8:31:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdon't buy

Pros: install and running fine for the first couple times.

Cons: use no more then 10 times, now unable to start up at all.

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  • Robbie L.
  • 1/9/2015 7:20:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat board!

Pros: Dual BIOS handy for getting you out of borked O/C attempts. Lots of configuration options. Great build quality. Has worked flawlessly with all my equipment and peripherals.

Cons: Even after the latest firmware updates sometimes the UEFI will forget the boot order of my devices even during a normal reboot and will happen more often with a power failure. Running two 248GB SSDs in RAID0 for OS. Doesn't happen enough to be a major pain as I usually leave my box on 24/7, but can be a major pain if you have the computer set up for remote access and you have to reboot the box for software updates or installs and this glitch occurs which causes the machine to stop on a blue-screen error. Maybe on next update it will be fixed. Can live with it otherwise.

Other Thoughts: Great board for the money, but that boot order glitch is one minor gotcha.

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  • RICHARD L.
  • 1/1/2015 8:22:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNICE MOBO

Pros: SO FAR SO GOOD. MOVED UP TO THIS MOBO FROM MY OLD MSI Z77MA-G45. NOTHING WRONG WITH THE OLD BOARD JUST WANTED AN UPGRADE. TONS OF REALLY NICE FEATURES ON THESE NEW MSI BOARDS. EVERYTHING BOOTED RIGHT UP WITH NO PROBLEMS. GOTTA LOVE THAT

Cons: NONE

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/27/2014 1:33:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsMostly Good Board, Really Bad BIOS & Software

Pros: Strong construction, good cabling format, capable of strong overclocking, stable power delivery, components running cool. All heat sinks are attached with decent thermal paste for the average user.

Updating the BIOS with MSI's M Flash is quick and relatively easy.

The Sound Blaster sound system lives up to the suggestions of the large chip and capacitor array on the board. Using a $300 pair of Sennheiser headphones I got absolutely beautiful sound on a range of music genres and crisp contrast in games as well. Realtek 1150 and Soundblaster on this board are a wicked combo for music enthusiasts.

Cons: I don't know when it came to be a standard that gaming boards would come with a slow boot switch, much less one that comes pre-flipped. We struggled for hours trying to get our I7 4790k up to its 4 GHz rated speed because of this and in fact some BIOS issues.

The BIOS saving mechanism is unstable or perhaps downright defective in this board. It took three attempts to get turbo boost to correctly work and bring the chip up to 4.2 and 4.4 GHz under AIDA64, and this is coming from a long time overclocker. MSI, get your software/firmware QC up to snuff. Beyond this, it took several CMOS clears to get adaptive voltage and power stepping turned off to begin tweaking the CPU and Ring Bus ratios for overclocking. If you save a BIOS, chances are you'll have to save it twice with a CMOS clear before it takes hold. This is unacceptable. The CD which came with the board installed all the desired drivers up front, but then when we installed Windows updates and included our wireless driver for the Netis WH2190 USB antenna, every single MSI software package broke on the spot, forcing us to do a fresh install of MSI's drivers. Again, unacceptable.

The M Flash utility does have a major flaw. It does not allow you to browse your USB or have the BIOS file in a folder unlike in ASUS' equivalent system. Again, really MSI? Your components are so solid but your software and firmware is just awful to work with!

My one hardware complaint is about you sticking the USB 3 header between your front panel power connector and the front panel media connector. Are you joking? Are you attempting to antiquate older cases? I can't find another board maker who does this either.

Other Thoughts: We pushed our 4790K past 5GHz on this board, so it can handle just about whatever you throw at it. If you get better software or firmware experiences than we did, consider yourself blessed.

Sorry MSI. You didn't deliver a truly great product.

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