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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)/ 3200*/ 3100*/ 3000*/ 2800*/ 2666*/ 2600*/ 2400*/ 2200*/ 2133*/ 2000*/ 1866*/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066

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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.

Audio boost 2

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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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Bobby B.
  • 8/23/2015 11:06:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMSI ???

Pros: good features,and looks.

Cons: Purchased this MBA in Nov 14 ran great till June when it would randomly shut down, cup Temps 28-32 iddle-load, checked all connnections, changed PSU and the problem persisted then in July the board completely failed bios a has no debug codes but both bios led lights light up. Bios b has no codes most of the time but post b6 from time to time. I have now changed out all components and verified that it is a faulty mb.

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 that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPRW2), clear CMOS.
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
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.

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

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  • Josh C.
  • 7/25/2015 6:41:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Experience As First Ever Motherboard

Pros: Beautiful Looking Board
Well Though Out Design
No flaws
Overall Great Board

Cons: Built in "audio booster" is a gimmick

Other Thoughts: Great mobo, especially for the price. I really cannot say anything else about it, the other reviews really speak for board. If you are on the edge about getting this mobo, go for it. MSI did an excellent job.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/15/2015 4:44:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAwesome till bios goes dead

Pros: Awesome board currently only working on bios b. As I write this I'm using hq to try and reflash bios a into working order.

Cons: So had a gaming 5 it bricked got a gaming 7 while I waited for RMA return RMA returned dead lol. So here I sit trying to recover bios a , used m flash updated to 1.9 ran for about 2 months on and off came back from going out all monitors dark. Just had got a new graphics card thought it died put in a working video from another of still nothing long story short changed to bios b had display awesome. Bios a just went dead so m flash b sweet working 1.9 as well at this time trying to recover bios a I hope the dos tools work and every turns out well if not I think I have had enough of the bios issues.

Other Thoughts: So at this time I would advise people to stay away from MSI motherboards with the current and past bios issues. I have other MSI products including a great gaming laptop no issues at this time over a year.

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 that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPRW2) Clear CMos.

2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.

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.



Best Regards,

MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Thomas H.
  • 7/14/2015 10:36:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Motherboard

Pros: This motherboard is amazing. It is easily one of the best I have used. The instructions that come with it clearly detail the layout and function of everything on the board. The BIOS is very clean and user friendly. It makes it very easy to overclock everything. It even has a built in overclock button, called OC Genie, that will do it for you. The board is competitively priced with other boards of similar make, but I found this to be the one I liked the best. Glad I bought it.

Cons: None

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  • Brian G.
  • 7/10/2015 6:04:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Amazing board

Pros: Very configurable, oodles of options for OC and data managment. Looks amazing. Smells fresh. Feels comfortable. The realtime CPU temp indicator helps a lot. The MSI Command Center app is very handy for Android users, too. Many more features and things I love about it.

Cons: Slow boot through BIOS. This is the second MSI board I have ever owned. BIOS has lots of features. But the boot process, even when options are configured for the fastest boot possible, just takes a long time. It's about half, if not more than half of my total boot time into Windows. This is probably not worth taking a whole egg away, but it's worth at least a half an egg... For being a benchmark/gaming board, this would be a key element not to ignore.

Other Thoughts: Money well spent.. supports 4th and 5th gen Intel CPU's.. so I'm slightly ready for what the future has to throw at me.

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  • Dylan w.
  • 7/5/2015 12:22:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThe unlucky one of the batch.

Pros: This motherboard has all the features most people would want. Overclocking software support for SLI graphics cards. it is a very well built board

Cons: Now as for the reason I knocked off two eggs is I was unlucky enough to get a bad board. Thie second pci-e slot for the second graphics card has been acting up since day one. I though it was other things but recently found out it was the pci-e. Especially when I went to remove the second graphics card and unlatched the pci-e slot to remove it and the whole slot came off in my hand. This is the second time i've had to send it in. The first time was for it not posting. MSI probably didnt check for the pci-e problem though.

Other Thoughts: I am now having troubles doing and RMA as MSI says the serial number isnt valid so tomorrow I have to call them to sort this out. This is beginning to become an irritant. Otherwise the board is a good board as long as you are not as unlucky as I was.

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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  • Rick O.
  • 5/18/2015 2:11:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood purchase.

Pros: Mobo looks and works great. Not much else to say! Love the red and black theme that goes with my matching MSI GTX 980. BIOS is very nice and easy to update

Cons: None

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  • Barron B.
  • 5/9/2015 11:42:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAwesome board EXCEPT can't connect at gigabit speed

Pros: Board installed and booted up on first try. No issues there.

Cons: The Killer E2200 LAN won't stay connected at gigabit speed. It will connect for a couple minutes and then automatically revert back to 100megs. I even tried using the Qualcomm Atheros AR8161 without any success. I'm not sure if this is related to running Win 7.

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  • Barron B.
  • 5/8/2015 7:27:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat board except for onboard LAN

Pros: Board booted up on first try with Windows 7 pro.

Cons: Onboard Killer LAN won't connect at gigabit speeds. Tried uninstalling Killer LAN bloatware and installing Qualcomm Atheros driver but gigabit speed won't stay. Will finish up Win 7 updates to see if correct issue. If not, maybe will try Win 8.1 Pro.

Other Thoughts: All in all pretty well built board. MSI should use a different onboard LAN than Killer.

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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  • Lois K.
  • 5/5/2015 9:50:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsComing back to MSI

Pros: Nice looking board, Easy to install, Simple to use BIOS
Did I Mention Really "Awesome looking" MB !!!
and got it for a nice price I'm Happy =)

Cons: None at all

Other Thoughts: My very first build was a MSI and i stuck with them for many builds.
finally moving to Abit and last Asus p5k deluxe now I'm back with
MSI feels like coming Home =)

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