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

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  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
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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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  • Jonathan N.
  • 10/23/2014 4:00:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBroken Audio Boost

Pros: Awesome looking.
Great Bios Menu
Lots of ports
Great for audio recording through the backpanal usb 3.0 ports

Cons: Audio Boost is broken on mine
You have to send the motherboard in to be assessed before they deiced to send you a new one, major bummer.

Other Thoughts: I bought this awesome board for a new gaming pc I built, and 99% of it is awesome and works great and runs great, but the 1% is the back panel audio ports. The sound I get from them (tested all the line-outs with multiple sound systems, headphones, and speakers.) is extremely quiet. I had to turn the volume up to 100% to get it to as loud as I normally have sound. The front panel headphone jack on my case works great, however, and is super loud. (found that out the eardrumbursting-way.) I'm bummed that I have to pay to ship this board and then wait until they decied if its actually broken and then ship me a new one, AND I installed an OEM of windows 7 so I'll have to call microsoft and pray they let me activate windows without buying a new code.

Awesome motherboard, not-so-awesome RMA policy.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/16/2014 8:28:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGaming Beast

Pros: Had the z87-g45 gaming bad bios flash no way to recover. I ordered this MB love the dual bios option among many other power options. This board oc my setup with ease even without the oc genie.

Cons: Does not come with the me to sata express adapter. Oh well.

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  • Michael E.
  • 10/8/2014 3:08:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell spaced

Pros: Great spacing and easy to understand instructions. I am still exploring all the features.

Cons: When I first powered up MB I see this awesome bio page. Wish I could see this same page through the OS :) not really a con.

Other Thoughts: Not sure what happened after the initial power up and install of OS but during the second software install the MB powered down/off. At first I thought there was a system protection issue but checked for issues found none. Turned power to MB back on and never had any other issues. Grateful :)

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  • Matthew B.
  • 10/2/2014 3:22:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI Z97-Gaming 7

Pros: 1. Looks - Nice matte black PCB with red accents on the heatsinks. Also has audio traces outlined in red LEDs. OR the LEDs can be deactivated if you choose. 2. Size - FULL ATX. Some manufacturers (mainly one named after a unit of storage space) are making their boards "narrower". This causes the end of the board where the RAM and ATX Power plug go to be unsupported. Makes me nervous...

Cons: 2 HDMI ports and NO DVI. My monitor has 1 HDMI and 1 DVI input. The HDMI is shared by my PS3 & PS4. No DVI is kind of a bummer, but thankfully discreet graphics cards have DVI-D.

Other Thoughts: This is my second MSI Z-series board. The first was a Z87-GD65 and it was AMAZING! Everything worked EXACTLY as intended, everything looked great and the UEFI is easy to understand and navigate. I have used MANY MSI motherboards and graphics cards in the past and will continue to do so!

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  • Luis Q.
  • 10/1/2014 3:03:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest gamnig MOBO for the bucks

Pros: 12 phase power makes oc very stable. Loving it since 1st day. Got a lot of features on BIOS, very easy to use. Upgrading from B85 Pro4 from ASROCK and I'm very happy with MSI. Best integrated audio i have ever heard. Not like Asrock's one that have a very loud noise on USB powered headphones.

Cons: no issues fond so far. Will update later if something gets wrong.

Other Thoughts: Loving it

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  • Hayden R.
  • 9/21/2014 7:08:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful motherboard

Pros: This motherboard i killer it has so many cool features looks cool and runs nice!

Cons: The only thing is that there are only 3 fan headers

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  • Ken B.
  • 9/19/2014 7:11:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding board!!!

Pros: Full featured ATX board.
M.2 capability.
Direct Audio Power for hi-fi buffs.
8 x SATA 6Gb/s ports!
Updated and improved UEFI for overclockers.
Looks fantastic.

Cons: It can't talk to you.
UEFI is better than it was, but still has room to improve.
MSI BIOS updating is a daunting and scary task.

Other Thoughts: This is really an outstanding board and stands up against boards costing $100+ more. The looks and design of the motherboard are fantastic. MSI really hit the nail on the head with this "Gaming" motif. Love it!!!

Runs great and keeps my i7 4790k purring along at great temps and voltages.

Plenty of SATA 6 Gb/s ports and M.2!

However -and this almost made me take an egg away - the board will come with BIOS v1.0 or 1.1 and the newest version is 1.5. Version 1.4 is recommended to take full advantage of Devil's Canyon procs.

There are two common methods for updating the BIOS on this board to a newer version. The included BIOS/UEFI utility called "M 'Flash," and a MSI Windows app, called "Live update 6."

Both suck horribly! First of all - NEVER USE WINDOWS TO FLASH A BIOS. Yes I know there are a few of you out there that will say it worked for them. But you stand about a 50-50 chance of bricking your board by using the Live Update app.

But the M-Flash is only marginally better. I read countless blogs and forums and reviews about bad BIOS flashes or borked MSI motherboards using M Flash so I held off doing anything for about a month (mine had v1.1). Finally on a whim, I decided I needed BIOS v1.5 and tried the M-Flash. It went through fine and seemed to have been successful, but after rebooting...blank screen then power cycling -over and over. It was a bad flash and borked my board.

I went crazy and spent the next two days trying to fix this mess!!! Luckily this board has dual BIOS'es and a dip switch to flip back and forth. I was able to use a MSI Forum DOS Utility to reflash the bad BIOS (A) with the one from the back-up BIOS (B) and it worked!!!

But the average person shouldn't have to go through this. It was a huge pain and I came real close to an RMA. MSI needs to fix this BIOS update issue.

Just Google it and you'll see what I'm talking about.

But enough about the BIOS. Once I was back in business (and now with BIOS v1.5), this board is absolutely amazing. I love it!!!

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  • Leopold T.
  • 9/7/2014 5:50:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMSI Z97 Gaming 7

Pros: MSI Z97 Gaming 7 is very good.

Cons: Newegg?

Other Thoughts: This motherboard I bought as a gift for someone. I know that this someone is happy.When you buy MSI motherboard I got Steelseries Optical Mouse as a gift. Newegg is trying to cheat and wants me to pay for it.MSI SteelSeries Optical Mouse added to the bill.It's hard to believe, I'm a customer for several years Newegg.Beware also that on Newegg.

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  • Sean G.
  • 9/5/2014 7:03:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMSI Lifetime Buyer 4.5/5

Pros: Visually awesome! They def got the layout of this board down!

I love MSI, when i upgrade from board to board every 6 months of so, i dont have any issues (usually) with just throwing my old components right on the new one.

I think they really do think about the gamers first, this is as fast as you can get now, and for the price its really nice.

The i7 4770K runs very nicely in it, I haven't even needed to overclock it the computer is just seriously is that fast.

Bios are the same as the last gen, makes it easy to use.

SO all in all I like this because of how fast it was to install it and get my games up and running withing a few hours.

Cons: The USB 2.0 and 3.0 drivers are differen! than the last gen! so if you dont have a ps/2 mouse you wont have a keyboard of mouse to use while you install!!!! HOW ANNOYING!

HINT! if you dont like reinstalling windows everytime you install a new mobo, (although you should reinstall each time i hate to and if you stay with the same mobo manufacturer you shouldn't have to). you have to uninstall the intel chipset and install the new drivers from the cd BEFORE you take stuff then when you boot from the new mobo, install the new chipset drivers and then you should be golden! no installing windows from scratch!

I also dont get the pro of having a ps/2 mouse port... like people who love those track balls/??? it just messed me up a little durring install. but thats about it.... thats why i'm dropping it an egg. the drivers were almost impossible to install.... but once the USB drivers were installed it was a sinch...

Other Thoughts: I wish I bought the gaming 9 version. I was going to make it a water cooled comp... but I changed my mind.

Now that the 5890K is out I think im going to sell this and upgrade to the X99 instead. Its more my style.

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  • John H.
  • 8/25/2014 5:46:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMSI Z97 Gaming 7 review

Pros: The first Z97 gaming 7 motherboard was completely dead on arrival but thanks to Neweggs excellent customer care, I received a replacement board within a week. The motherboard itself is durable and feels well made. If you are into showing off your build, the black and red accents are really nice and would fit well with a lot of color schemes. The gaming 7 has a lot of ports (SATA, USB3.0, etc.) and it even has a M.2 port (which is a really nice way to save space in your PC and to have a super fast boot drive for Windows).

Cons: I dont have many cons for this board except that the BIOS is a little clunky and the menus could be presented better. Also, DO NOT update the BIOS using their update utility in Windows!!! It has not happened to me but having read a lot of forums, other people have noticed that updating the BIOS from Windows will brick their system. MSI needs to remove this feature from their update utility.

Other Thoughts: After having the motherboard for a month now, I would probably have either bought the Z97 gaming 5 to save some money or just bought the gaming 9, which has integrated bluetooth and wifi.

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