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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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  • 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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  • Matthew M.
  • 3/24/2015 1:00:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsBios is terrible

Pros: Beautiful board with all the bells and whistles. Features such as Sound Blaster and Killer NIC are awesome.

Cons: Thank goodness for dual BIOS as I was downloading and installing Video Driver for my GTX 970 and upon reboot got error codes. Endless boot cycle. Switched to #2 BIOS and now its working like a gem. Afraid if #2 goes I am out of luck. Very nervous about MSI and the QC process. Probably wont be buying an MSI again unfortunately

Other Thoughts: $10 dollar mail in rebate is a total joke and waste of time, however they probably intended for it to be a complete nightmare. Thanks again MSI - Lost Customer 4vR

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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  • Cory W.
  • 3/23/2015 6:20:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsok not cool

Pros: it has a good looking motherboard lots of flashy lights

Cons: so i was updating bios and running the internet as well when it hung and shut down i tryed to start it back up and nothing no picture so shut it down and tried again nothing so trying everything i could i switched the bios it worked so i amusing that probably won't buy there motherboards again

Other Thoughts: i think it need some work to be better

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).
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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  • Zack C.
  • 3/21/2015 2:36:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING

Pros: I absolutely love this motherboard!! I switched from a stock Asus mobo in an Asus Esentio and regret not doing so sooner. The board is aesthetically pleasing, has TONS of features, 8x SATA, 3x PCI-E 3.0 16x, TWO, yes TWO bios, just in case you burn one out! Tons of customization and overclocking features, a UEFI bios with a gazillion settings for ultimate customization. My Core i5 seems to be performing better. Before my Gskill Sniper series ram would be downclocked, this board lets it use XMP and run at a full 1333mhz. My AMD R9 280 runs like a dream now. Tons of extra stuff and parts included in mobo box too. Mobo DVD actually had usefull software and drivers, thats a first for me! I absolutely love everything about this board!!!!!!!!!!

Cons: ABSOLUTELY NONE. ZERO. NADA. ZILTCH.

Other Thoughts: Couldn't recommend a better board. Love this one. BUY IT NOW!

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  • Jesus M.
  • 3/12/2015 5:39:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDON'T BUY THIS JUNK!

Pros: It looks pretty. OC feature is cool if you don't know what you are doing.

Cons: BIOS UPDATES ARE A JOKE. Update bricks bios 1 and bios 2 is bricked following the steps on their site. I would highly recommend you avoid MSI motherboard until they find a solution to their bios updates.

Other Thoughts: Bios #1 corrupted using their update tool. Went to BIOS #2 and tried to recover bios #1 and nothing worked(googled non-stop). After a couple of months, decided to update the bios since I bought some expensive ram and even after following the step by step on their site, it bombed. Now I'm down, no codes for bios #1. Bios #2 has a 36 and F2. It's been 3 days now, trying all the solutions online and nothing. I have no keyboard lights and display. Stay away from MSI products if you like to upgrade and tinker. If you just want a board where you can press the OC and have it do things for you, go ahead. They need to fix their bios problem. I'm never buying an MSI motherboard again.

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).
2. Clear CMOS, power down system remove the CMOS battery for 1 to 2 min.
3. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
4. 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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  • Raymond H.
  • 3/9/2015 12:30:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWish you could choose the colors

Pros: Looks amazing, Haven't got to install it yet.. I'll finish the review later. Waiting for all my pieces to arrive. The shipping for this item was relatively fast.

Cons: My only con so far is that it is not available in other colors. Would look great in black and green for my color theme of black and green.

Other Thoughts: Out of all the boxes all my other parts came in, This box was the best.

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