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MSI MSI Gaming 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)/ 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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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 4/25/2016 10:35:49 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome...

Pros: My build:
In Win 707 case (black/red)
Intel CORE I5 4690K overclocked at 4.3 Ghz
MSI Z97 gaming 5
32 Gb GSkill 2400 (red)
Corsair 750w PS
Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler (replace stock fan with rosewill red LED fan)
M-Audio 1010 I/O sound card
Rosewill 3 antenna wireless internet adapter
1 TB Samsung SSD
3 TB Seagate HDD
LG 27" monitor
M-Audio BX5a 5 " studio reference speakers
Razor keyboard
Corsair gaming mouse
10 corsair 120mm silent case fans

I use this computer for gaming the top games at max settings, but also primarily use it as a multimedia workstation running ABLETON 9 SUITE for music creation and Adobe Premier. I am SO happy with this machine. No problems at all. The audio is mind-blowingly great!!! In my profession, that's really important.

Cons: Some forgot to put a case badge/sticker in my box

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/22/2016 8:05:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsToo many defective/dead motherboards

Pros: The 2nd one I received wasn't defective and worked.

Replacement procedure went smooth with no issues it was simple and straightforward

Cons: First one I received was defective.

You're taking a gamble when buying this product, going by the reviews you have a 31% to receive a defective motherboard(that's only including the 5 egg and 1 egg rating ratios). But if you add together the 2-3 egg ratings and the 4 egg ratings that's still a high percentage.

Be careful when unplugging the usb 3.0 port because me and my friend both had the plastic part around it attached to the motherboard pop off.

Other Thoughts: Like I said it's a gamble so be prepared for wasted time and a whole lot of stress figuring out if the motherboard is the problem or if it's any other component of your build.

Be prepared to unplug everything if you haven't tested before completing the build. Also don't throw anything out if you're replacing it make sure everything that came with it gets shipped back to guarantee the replacement. Make sure it's your motherboard that's defective too before asking for a replacement to save wasted time and effort.

Waiting a couple days and even over the weekend for a new motherboard sucks. You have to just hope you don't get another defective board.

Also I almost thought I received a 2nd defective board which has happened to some people in these reviews and I was in a state of shock where it felt like I was so mad that I didn't even care anymore and wanted to throw everything in the garbage.

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1 out of 5 eggsDefective Upon Arrival

Pros: None

Cons: Numerous error codes. Computer booted up and worked for a few hours, then began to instantly reboot. Error codes on the board cycled through almost every error under the sun. It was such a bummer to deal with when this was my first new computer build in over 5 years and I'd saved up for so long. I dealt with switching out every other component of my build over the course of a couple weeks trying to fix the problem. Not to mention the self doubt of if it was somehow my fault. After I got a new board from a different manufacturer I had no problems, though.

None of the cpu pins were bent so it was definitely something wrong with the board itself. It seems to work great for those who get one that's working, but imo it's not worth the relatively high chance of headache inducing problems (not to mention wasted time trying to fix them) if you get the 1 out of 10 that's defective.

Other Thoughts: What's funny is from the very beginning I had a fear in the back of my mind that I'd get a hardware failure with this board. Reading the number of people with issues in the reviews here on newegg had me uneasy from the moment I ordered, but there was really nothign else I could find in this price range with much better ratios of defective to 4-5 star reviews. Luckily I was able to send it back to Newegg before the 30 days and I got a different branded board which worked great from the start.

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  • Jonathan Z.
  • 4/20/2016 12:03:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWhere to Start....

Pros: - Looks nice and has great features.
- Bios is user friendly and allows so much control over your hardware. The software that comes with MSI products is by far my favorite part about it. Complete control of CPU freq and such.

Cons: -Widely known problem with DIMM slots 3-4. Dual channel is a pain since according to my research most people can't use any combination of the slots other then 1-2. Which won't allow you to run in dual channel. Also when not using DIMM slots 1-2 the computer restarts every 3 seconds and the board gives no post error numbers to follow up with.

Other Thoughts: - If it works its a great motherboard even when using slots 1-2 board was nice. But If you got the money MSI Gaming 7 board I heard is quite impressive and doesn't seem to have the known issue with the DIMM slots.
- Went with a ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X board and so far I'm happy with it using my I7 4790k

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/19/2016 1:01:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDefective just like everything else I get from MSI

Pros: none doesnt work

Cons: Board has a defective CPU 8 pin

Other Thoughts: Every MSI product I buy is broken, avoid

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valuable Customer,
Thank you for the feedback and sorry to hear about the issue you reported. Please ensure that you follow the user manual steps on installing the CPU / heat sink fan properly. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Thanks for choosing MSI

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Jason K.
  • 4/18/2016 11:16:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard

Pros: -Works well
-Easy to overclock with

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: system:
-cpu: i7 4790k
-mobo: msi gaming 5 z97
-cpu: cooler corsair h115i
-gpu: msi 980ti gaming 6g
-case: Fractal Design s

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  • Richard E.
  • 4/18/2016 5:47:52 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MOBO

Pros: Everything works exactly as it should and very easy to set up and get dialed in.

Cons: RAM slots are just a tad too close to the CPU, and the only reason this "could" be a problem is with liquid cooling tubes coming off on that side. I have just barely enough room to slip in a piece of paper.

SATA slots could and in my opinion should be verticle instead of horizontal.

Neither of these "cons" are really cons just slight annoyances. I would buy this MOBO again.

Other Thoughts: Great software.

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  • roger S.
  • 4/17/2016 10:44:28 AM

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: -Extremely easy to overclock
-Quality is excellent

Cons: -none so far!!!!

Other Thoughts: After using Asus products I was unsure about MSI but after this I will be switching to MSI. The board feels very solid and built with quality parts and felt very heavy to hold. It has many features that will appeal to not only novice oerclockers but also to experienced. Overall great build by MSI

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  • David W.
  • 4/14/2016 8:19:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Mobo

Pros: Plenty of connections. M.2 slot, utilizing the PCIE lanes, instead of SATA. Plenty of fan headers. Just rock steady in every way.

Cons: I have had no issues with this board.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/5/2016 4:45:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MOBO that looks sharp!!

Pros: its a very good mobo,set up was very easy,didnt have to update BIOS which was nice,this thing looks great inside,Esp when done with a red/blk theme.has debug LED(see other for little tip on this)comes with 2 sata cbls,nice emblem sticker,and door hanger(sorry,im busy gaming)lol.manual will walk ya right thru if ya get stuck or not sure about something.grab it up if ya don't wanna spend a lot on a big higher end mobo,this is just as good for whatever you wanna do!!

Cons: none really(see below)

Other Thoughts: So,i had some problems(or so I thought)with this mobo,it has a debug led which is great if something isn't sitting right somewhere,just know that after post and bios,that debug led will change to your cpu temperature!!so if it running in the 30c-71c range,its not a early/late cpu initialization or North Bridge, south bridge problem,just the new led code for your cpu temp!!they've changed that will the newer bios updates.

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