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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.

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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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  • 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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  • Brian G.
  • 5/5/2015 8:45:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesomness in a box.

Pros: * Lots of features.
* Red LED lighting separating the audio PCB.
* Red LED lighting on the back side, along the inner edge of the board.
* Simple to setup and configure.
* Smells like good!
* Very nice attention to detail and craftsmanship (eye candy).
* Included case pins make hooking this board to any case simplified.
* Dual BIOS's with multiple profiles for each means many profiles can be setup.
* Dual digit LED's under 24-pin port shows real-time CPU temp...very handy.
* OC Genie makes overclocking a breeze, even for this noob (to overclocking)
* On-board power/reset/OC buttons are illuminated (green/blue), making finding them in such a dark place very simple.

Cons: * Requires additional hardware for M.2 support, not included.
* Comes with Intel Speed Step and Turbo Boost ENABLED by default.
* USB ports not labeled by HUB.
* Went on sale four days after I bought it AND came with a free mouse. That's stinks.
* This board will not fit in my pocket. I want to take it everywhere with me. Not portable.
* The included audio software doesn't come with a customizable equalizer, which bugs me slightly, but still sounds superb.

None of these are deal breakers, in my opinion, therefore, no eggs shall be deducted.

Other Thoughts: This is a FULL ATX board -- make sure your case has room! All 9 board screws will be utilized! The padded I/O shield kinda pushes the board around while you're trying to get that first screw in place.. having a case with a removable mobo tray will make installation much easier. The included documentation doesn't inherently express details about the AMI BIOS, or specifics to settings not fully described within BIOS, making overclocking for new-comers a little harder--hence the OC Genie--but this is typical for board manufacturers to not specify details about BIOS settings. This is a very good, and very powerful board, and handles itself quite well with my 850 watt PSU and the 4790k CPU.

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  • Nicholas C.
  • 5/3/2015 8:12:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood MB

Pros: I have yet to have any issues with this MB. This was in my very first build ever. Followed directions, downloaded everything, it runs smooth.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: This board was easy to install, I have yet to have zero issues with it and have put easily 150+ hours on the board. Runs perfectly fine. IMO most reviews are user error. Some boards may come faulty, that is a normal thing for almost nay product made.
But, as for me, this is the board I use currently and in my first build ever, and love it.

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  • Randall H.
  • 5/2/2015 6:33:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRandy H

Pros: Don't understand all the fuss. Installed this Mobo without a hitch. No problem with plugs, bios, boot, or anything for that matter. Installed with an ADATA M.2 256gb board and a Samsung EVO 850 250GB SSD and an Intel Core I5 Haswell processor and this thing flies!! Five stars for MSI, been using their boards for years,

Cons: None

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  • Rose D.
  • 4/27/2015 4:44:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUpdate to my "so far so good" March 2015 review.

Pros: Nice looking board. Numerous 3.0's.

Cons: Now not so good. I can not get into bios at all. It does not recognize my keyboard or mouse at boot. I am not a gamer, I just do basic computer things with photos, dvd videos, make backups,etc. Just want to change the boot order.Got in with the msi disk--info said to update utilites. I did, flash update, etc, rebooted, computer died. No F11, Delete or Windows.I tried every backup and restore disk and windows disk I ever had and it would not fix the problem. All my computer parts are brand new from newegg in March 2015, a new build, all working fine. I had to ask my builder to come over and reset cmos.

Other Thoughts: I've spent many thousands at newegg for over ten years now and never left a negative review here. Only have had a few mistakes and newegg took care of it.
I'm back in my windows 7 desktop but still can not get into bios and I don't want it to die again so give up. I've emailed msi and communicated back and forth with Michael. Each email to me suggested to test another part in my pc.
After awhile I sensed he wasn't reading what I was saying.I explained in full the problem and all the parts tested fine, it's the motherboard and could he replace it or fix it as I've had it a month and it's under warranty and it is faulty. He asked me then to reinstall windows. "NO, I'm not doing that, Windows is fine." Took me weeks to get everything back in there. Never heard from him again. Thanks MSI. I know some here have received a good board and are satisfied and I'm glad for you, but I did not and they now are treating me poorly by their indifference towards me. My pc is running but hope I don't have to try and do an image backup or have to get into the bios for anything-I'll have to get another MB. No more MSI anything for me. Not a good customer service which is the most important to me as a buyer. You all have helped me over the years with your reviews so I felt I should this time too.

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  • Ricky S.
  • 4/26/2015 7:14:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome MB

Pros: Easy to install
Easy Bios setup
Easy overclock settings

Cons: None that I can find.

Other Thoughts: It looks great and the drivers that come with it work great. I would definitely buy this board again.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/20/2015 6:38:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBack to MSI

Pros: 15 years ago I only bought MSI products to build computers for my customers. Then I cheated on MSI and switched to ASUS for years.

Now MSI is back again! Super easy setup, smart BIOS, stable and proper voltage and data handling. I'm not saying ASUS did something wrong lately, but it's good to be back to my old pals....

Cons: Wireless and Bluetooth capabilities should not be extra and included in the flagship m.boards only.
Put these little guys on every board nowadays. Like power windows are not extra in cars anymore

Other Thoughts: The BIOS is amazingly simple and efficient. The board can determine the voltage and frequency by its own for the best and safest result.
My i7-4790K 4.0Ghz is running on 4.4Ghz since the beginning depending only on the BIOS automatic settings! OK Intel helps a bit with the unlocked multiplier, but still a nice feature.
You can go higher with the speed of course, but then be wise and buy quality parts only. People think good memory, cpu and a nice fan can resolve everything. No. PSU is critical for example. If your voltage is not stable then your cpu will freeze frequently.

And finally I found the Super Charge function very useful. Charging phone devices much faster.

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  • mark j.
  • 4/11/2015 5:51:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice....

Pros: 8 usb 3.0 and sata 3 connections. Great software for system management, including ram disk and quick mode change (gaming mode that keeps the turbo kicked in, silent mode and OC mode). Don't think you could find a better looking board, especially with the LEDs on.

Cons: Had problems with keyboard, updated bios and usb keyboard works great, wireless still keeps going inactive randomly. MSI offered a RMA but to much work to redo everything again and computer being dow would be quite troublesome, so just using usb keyboard(wireless works on all other computers and tried 2 other wireless keyboards on this one). Soundblaster and Realtek are worthless for a theater. No Bluetooth or wireless, but many mobos don't....should at $180.

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  • Adam A.
  • 4/5/2015 12:22:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSECOND mobo dead in a week.

Pros: NOTHING good about this product.

Cons: This is about the replacement board I just paid through the nose to have overnighted when the first one died. It's dead as a doornail after less than one week.

Went to bed, shut it down to install windows updates. Wake up, power on, lights, fans, no action. Look at the board, and the debug leds aren't even lighting up.

Good thing I use this machine for business, so now everything is in limbo again until I pay through the nose to overnight a new board to keep my business running. This is the most expensive mobo I ever bought that didn't work because of the loss this is costing me to keep my machine running.

Other Thoughts: Will never, ever, not in a million years buy another MSI product. In 15 years of system building, I've never had this much trouble so quickly. These things can't make it through a week of normal use, what a joke.

Sadly I have yet another one of these boards in my son's machine. His is having the start up issue too, taking three or four tries to boot the machine. Back to Asus for me.

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  • Christopher B.
  • 3/31/2015 7:59:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome overclocker

Pros: 4690k i've hit 4.87 ghz but the sweet performance spot is 4.62 ghz, with a raijintek with a cougar 120mm fan haven't broken 62 c with prime 95

Cons: none

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