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MSI Z97-Gaming 7 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA1~6), by Intel Z97 Express Chipset 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA7~8), by ASMedia ASM1061 Chipset 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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  • 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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  • Ryan H.
  • 3/28/2015 4:40:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful board

Pros: Paired with a 4690k to replace a failing 8120 on a Sabertooth 990fx 2.0.
Was originally skeptical about migrating from Asus to MSI but glad I did.
This board has everything I need and more. Plenty of USB, 2.0 and 3.0. Dual Bios, a decent UEFI, and decent on-board audio.
Placed my r9 290 in it's rightful spot and it is a champ. Overclocking is second-nature for this beast of a board.

Cons: The only initial issue I was was the slow boot switch that is on the board. Unintentionally tripped it while building and it throttled my CPU to 800mhz, which freaked me out. Took 3 days of troubleshooting to figure this out (after a bit of research).
Probably not the best board for those with windowed cases as there are 3 different colored lights all over the board (Red, Blue and Green) but not a big deal for me.

Other Thoughts: While I wish I could have used this as part of a brand new build, I am very satisfied with how my upgrade come out.
Placed a 4690k, my existing r9 290, 16gb at 1866mhz and a old h100i and everything runs perfectly.

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  • Adam A.
  • 3/28/2015 12:37:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsReal Mad Now

Pros: None. I left a raving review for this board. It's absolute garbage. DO NOT waste your time with this.

Cons: Started refusing to boot after pressing the power button, it would just light up and go back off. After a few tries it would start. Thought it was a power management issue. Disabled all power management in bios. Nope.

Mobo died today with "boot guard verified DXE is fail". Can't even get proper grammar with an error message.

Tried everything to get it working again. I'm not a novice, and I'm not listing the steps. I've done it all. The mobo is dead, bios 1, bios 2, it's toast.

Other Thoughts: Seriously will never buy another MSI product. I have never had one fail so quickly. I've gotten boards that were DOA, but not one failing just after a month of use. What a joke.

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  • Matthew B.
  • 3/25/2015 5:54:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Board, NIC Issues

Pros: +Large board
+Plenty of sys fan connectors and SATA
+On board audio quality matches my sound blaster X-fi discrete.
+Easy BIOS, no problem setting up XMP and OC if wanted
+Great looking board with its black and red design.

Cons: -Killer NIC gave BSoD out of nowhere about 3 months of ownership. No new drivers, and was using barebone drivers only (No software bandwidth control junk).

Other Thoughts: Disabled NIC and put in a $30 intel PCI-E NIC and all troubles are a thing of the past. It's not so much MSI but more so the Killer NICs themselves. When I buy a new motherboard in the future, one mandatory requirement is that it must be an Intel NIC.

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  • BENJAMIN B.
  • 3/24/2015 6:28:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Everything functions. No issues so far.

Cons: USB 3.0 connection: Use care when connecting the USB 3.0 cable. My USB 3.0 is functioning, but had some issues seating the connector.

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