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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 3000(OC)/2800(OC)
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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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  • Salvador P.
  • 7/25/2014 11:11:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Motherboard

Pros: Great Mother Board
The Bios is very easy to use.
The Bios is very easy to update.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Looks great

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  • Troy S.
  • 7/22/2014 11:24:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally Nice!

Pros: -Board looks incredible
-Very simple to use BIOS
-Easy to update BIOS

Cons: The only con I have about this board is the onboard sound. Really to me this is not an issue as I always run a sound card. However, I was hoping for a little better sound out of the onboard, but really just wasn't there.

Other Thoughts: I have not used any of the OC genie things as I do not overclock my computers. So I cannot comment on how those things work.

Overall, I am very happy with this motherboard and would buy again!

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  • Michael L.
  • 7/21/2014 10:15:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Easy Overclocking options
Simple BIOS upgrade
Cool lighting scheme

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: When I first received this board and used the OC Gennie function I was a little disappointed with the results. It took my new i7 4970k from 4.0GHz to just under 4.1GHz. MSI must have realized this issue because they just released an updated BIOS a few days ago, which now brings my chip to 4.4GHz without messing with the settings. I currently have OC Genie disabled and am running my chip at 4.6GHz stable. At first I was going through the motions and manually changing the volts. Then I left all my settings on auto to compare the results and the numbers were so close that I left everything else on auto and set my cup multiplier to 46 and I was done.

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  • Mohammed S.
  • 7/17/2014 4:12:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsa joke

Pros: good price, looks nice

Cons: 3 weeks of use, comp went to sleep one fine afternoon, couldnt revive it after that, no post.. bottom half of the board powered on but no post.

Other Thoughts: i get it there are bad apples everywhere, but when you have the same experience over and over again with the same brand, i think its safe to say something else is going on as well. Needless to say, I am not happy that I had to be without my computer for almost a week. I am happy that this happened within the alloted amount of time for me to get a full refund and go with a more trusted brand.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.


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

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  • Scott S.
  • 7/17/2014 7:54:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood looks!!!

Pros: - This motherboard looks incredible
- MSI is a trusted brand
- Gaming 7 has the best of both worlds (Gaming 5, Gaming 9)
- LED debug indicator is nice
- I/O shield plate is completely Black with padding
- Future proof with SSD support

Cons: - Sound Blaster Cinema 2 is sub-par at best
- No PCI ports... only PCI-e
- No motherboard screws came with my box
- Things were flopping around when box was delivered

Other Thoughts: I looked around at all the new Z97 boards and settled on this one for my new build. I largely purchased this because of its good looks and compatibility with the new Devil's Canyon processors (4790K). I couldn't be happier with this combo. However, I expected a lot more of the on-board audio with all the hype around this Sound Blaster Cinema 2. I thought to myself, "Finally gamers will have some great audio without purchasing a dedicated sound card". Needless to say that is not the case with this motherboard. Not that I have a huge problem purchasing a sound card, but stop the hype on the on-board audio because its simply not that great. This dilemma left me to purchase a brand new PCI-e sound card because my PCI cards won't work with this board. This wasn't the worst thing to do, but it provided me homework which I was not expecting.

Not sure if it was just my package, but I had no mounting screws that came with my motherboard so I was forced to use some which came with my case. In addition, items (Not the motherboard) were flopping around in the box when I opened it which was an immediate worry. :(

With those issues off my chest, I can tell you this board looks incredible in person. The Black and Red theme is simply stunning and matching this up with other components added to it's brilliance. There are plenty of SATA ports and the LED debug/CPU temp is a nice touch. The Gaming 7 series board is the best board for the month because the Gaming 5 loses features and the Gaming 9 is simply over qualified (Unless you're willing to dish out another $150).

Would I recommend this board to anyone looking? Yes! Just understand if you're looking for top notch sound you'll be looking elsewhere. However, that has always been the case for any motherboard. I simply didn't like all the hype. If you're on the fence... understanding the faults you may see... this is a good buy.

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  • Fred W.
  • 7/11/2014 4:33:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI makes amazing motherboards

Pros: This motherboard is amazing nothing went wrong with installation or use. Supports 4th gen, haswell, cpus and does so flawlessly. I use a 4770k(was too impatient to wait for the haswell refresh) with it and no issues or complaints.

Cons: These are very small cons but the motherboard has a red theme with 4 different color LEDs on it so it doesn't do to great if you are going for a themed built. LED colors are white, red, blue, and green which clashed with my lava or magma themed build. However isn't too bothersome.

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  • Dean W.
  • 7/11/2014 3:30:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMSI gaming 7 motherboard

Pros: Someone answered their support telephone number in a timely manner, and did indeed try and help me.

Cons: Motherboard died suddenly after about 2 hours of use.
My screen went blank about 2 minutes after first logon into windows 7. After that I was never able to reach POST or do anything meaningful again. The board just suddenly died.

Other Thoughts: Well I am kicking myself for buying MSI, should have just stuck with ASUS. MSI really have the esthetics nailed down while ASUS is going with their stupid gold circles.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
I take that you already verify that other hardware's are not the casue of the issue correct? (Memory, video card, CPU or power supply)?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, suggestions for improvement for us, 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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  • Madison H.
  • 7/7/2014 12:41:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Mobo

Pros: Everything. BIOS is wonderful, plenty of options, EASY for first time builders, Windows 8.1 and SSD installed and detected first boot up. Includes tons of features for you to play around with.

Cons: None so far. Not sure what these 1 eggers are talking about this board is fantastic.

Other Thoughts: Get it.

Specs:
i7 4790k
EVGA 780 Classified
8 gig corsair ram
SSD
Windows 8.1
Etc...

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  • Mark P.
  • 7/7/2014 7:27:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI Z97 Gamin 7

Pros: Fast, stable, easy setup and no issues so far. I was hesitant to use an MSI board as the last 3 builds I have done were with EVGA, with that said I am very impressed with this MSI board, I was even able to upgrade the bios from within windows from 1.0 to 1.3 with no issues. I am a happy camper to say the least and will not hesitate to go with MSI in the future! Now that I have a stable system I will be trying to overclock the i7-4790k.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I was having some issues with the E2200 Nic, my download speeds were wonky, I set the Killer nic to 100/Full duplex (by default set to Auto Negotiate) and have not had an issue since. This is with the Killer software suite installed with Windows 8.1. I have read of others having issues you can also try a standalone nic driver if you run into any issues with the nic.

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  • James R.
  • 7/4/2014 2:32:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI Z97-Gaming 7 LGA 1150 Intel Z97

Pros: Easy install, the uefi bios is easy to use. Worked no problem, OC genie is nice for those who don't want to mess with overclocking

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: For the reviewer who said win 8 wouldn't install on a ssd because of the MBR just delete all the partitions on the ssd drive and then format.

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