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MSI Z97-Gaming 5 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)/3000(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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  • Ronald E.
  • 12/21/2014 12:03:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggssuper disappointed

Pros: good looking board

Cons: Dead On Arrival

Other Thoughts: ordered this thing on Dec. 12th with other things to build me a new PC. finally got the time to put it together Dec. 20th. turns out the board was dead and wouldn't even light up. tried 2 different PSU's...different memory...only had the one processor i bought (i7-4790k) that might would work with it, but no matter what I tried, nothing happened. board was dead...have and RMA in process now and have to wait a couple weeks on a new board to build my new PC....sigh

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  • Brian B.
  • 12/20/2014 11:14:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Easy to overclock and configure settings.
Love that it has an LCD display for the CPU Temperature.
Love that there are three PCIe 3.0 slots!

Cons: No issues here!

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  • Phillip M.
  • 12/19/2014 4:40:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: Board has a lot of functionality, good price. Guess
More to do with Intel then the board but my first true Intel build have a i5 4690k board and cpu stable at 4.4 didn't have to do a lot of voltage changes unlike with asus over clocking. Had to update bios first one didn't take had to use back up bios and transfer etc glad the board came as a 2 bios board otherwise it would be bricked so a con and a pro.

Cons: Well like others not the most update bios, almost killed board. Had pin issues been an amd guy used to having to comb cpu pins like odd doing mother board pins. Biggest con is I have an ssd as my os drive motherboard does not find it on first boot ever always have to do a reboot wants to load from and old hhd drive with Linux loaded.

Other Thoughts: All and all a great motherboard wish they would fix the bios flash issues. Maybe have some qc on the motherboard pins. The ssd issue I'm not sure maybe a bio update could fix this in the future not sure I want to do another updat at this time.

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  • Mark H.
  • 12/17/2014 3:48:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOrdered two 1 good, 1 DOA

Pros: Great MD, I like the Killer networking built in

Cons: Second board was DOA, looks like MSI quality control needs work.

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  • Donnie E.
  • 12/15/2014 7:51:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Performance

Pros: Awesome board, used with my Antec Nine hundred case, EVGA GTX 660 superclocked, corsair vengeance DDR3, and 4590 i5. No flaws. looks great to.

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: None

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  • 12/11/2014 8:36:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHow to update BIOS!

Pros: This motherboard is absolutely FANTASTIC. Not a single issue. Its working great with my i7 4790k at 4.4 GHz! The BIOS is very easy to update and also easy to navigate. It is a really great first Intel board!
To update BIOS please see "Other thoughts"

Cons: 3-pin fans cannot be voltage controlled. You can only control the speed of 4-pin PWM fans.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend flashing the BIOS as it has more features.
To flash the bios, you need to do is go here:


1. Download version 1.8. (Or Newest Version)
2. Extract and move the "E7917IMS.180" file into an empty flash drive.
3. Power down your system. Power back on and spam the 'delete' button to get into the BIOS.
4. Click the "M-Flash" button in the bottom left (It's really big) then click "Select one file to update BIOS and ME"
5. Click on your flash drive then browse to the "E7917IMS.180" file. click the "E7917IMS.180" file.
6. A message will appear saying: "WARNING!! Don't Remove USB drive or shutdown system. System will be reset to update BIOS in 5 seconds."
7. After you system automatically reboots it will tell you it is "Updating BIOS ME" and "Updating BIOS" this will take about 2 minutes.
8. If all goes well, it should get to 100% and say "BIOS Updated successfully! System will auto reboot in 5 seconds."
NOTE: After the update. The screen may go blank for up to a minute! Don't worry! Wait!
9. The POST screen will then appear, spam the delete key to enter the BIOS!
10. Once inside the bios it should say whatever version you updated to at the top. Congrats! The settings MAY have changed back to default so change them back.

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  • Adam M.
  • 12/9/2014 7:27:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsYet another DOA review

Pros: It's pretty

Cons: Got all excited about my new computer I was going to build, got all the hardware, put everything together, double checked everything, triple checked it. Plugged it in and turned it on only to have the entire place smelling like burned silicon and immediately had to unplug it. Took the side off and found a nice scorch mark on the board. All instructions were followed installing it and there was nothing touching the board.

Other Thoughts: This was the first MSI product I purchased and it'll be my last. I'm glad I didn't order anything else from them with this kind of quality control.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reason can cause the situation like this,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPWR2).
2. Clear CMOS with jmper or battery.
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 do not hesitate to contact us directly by email at or by phone at 626.271.1004 M-F, 6AM to 6PM PST. We will be more than happy to assist you.
Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Brian O.
  • 12/5/2014 8:09:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Product

Pros: Great Audio
Looks Sleek
Good OCer

Cons: No optical port for audio, not a big deal.

Other Thoughts: This board is beautiful. I used in in a red/black build and I'm really happy with the audio. I like the cpu temp numbers right on the board. With the money I had, there is no other board I would have gotten. If anything happens in the future I'll update the review because I've only owned it a month now. I'd recommended it highly though.

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  • Kyle H.
  • 11/21/2014 9:47:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsI'm pretty dissapointed

Pros: This motherboard does everything I need it to do. The bios (UEFI) is fast (albeit not very intuitively set up) and the mobo looks great. Has all the expansion room you could want, with a good amount of USB 3.0 ports

Cons: I bought this item on October 16th, but didn't get around to my latest build until last week. The motherboard worked fine for a few days, and then this evening took a dive.

I know it's my fault for waiting so long to build with this, but I feel like quality in a product shouldn't make it a necessity to test parts as they come in.

Now I have to pay for shipping back to the manufacturer and it'll be at least a month before I get my board back.

Other Thoughts: I know this kind of thing happens, I've just come to expect better quality from MSI.

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  • Aaron B.
  • 11/19/2014 12:59:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove MSI

Pros: Onboard M.2, PCI-e 3x, Front USB 3.0 Side slot. I mean its awesome .

Cons: Wish it had the Built in Wi-Fi like the 9. The board had room and reading all the comparison reviews between the 2 boards I think the Gaming 5 with the Wi-Fi would of crushed the Gaming 9 in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: Gaming board it is. Price is awesome for what it offers and you realy cant go wrong with MSI. In my opinion.

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