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MSI Z97 GAMING 5 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA1~6) 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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  • Jonathan I.
  • 4/29/2015 7:49:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsLuck of the draw

Pros: Price to feature set is great,
Neat debug display gives you info without digging too far
Motherboard heavy, which I like

Cons: I got two of these on sale, the 1st one worked flawlessly everything worked great. The second one is where everything went down hill, the second one had a debug status of "00" meaning something is wrong with the CPU or the bios, I checked the CPU on another board and it was fine, returned the board, got another, this time three of the four ram slots did not work and would only post if a stick was installed in slot 2 otherwise it go into an endless boot cycle, so I returned that board, the board I got in exchange yet again had the SAME exact problem, I got yet another board in exchange, and everything hopefully will be fine as everything has worked so far.

I have had close to 10 MSI boards for builds I have done within the past two years, they have worked flawlessly up until now, this was the most money I have spent on a motherboard and did not expect these type of problems. MSI should have better quality control with their boards

Other Thoughts: Like I said I have had MSI boards before and never had an issue (mainly budget boards) I would expect issues with lower end boards, nothing like, what I had with this one

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  • Steve J.
  • 4/21/2015 8:15:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy and Cost Effective

Pros: Fired up without any issues. Haswell 4690 i5 Quad Core 3500. Two sticks of GSkill Ripjaws, 8 gigs each, DDR3 2400. Samsung EVO SSD, 256 gig, which gets full boot in less than 20 seconds with Windows 7 home Premium 64 bit OS. PCPower and Cooling PS. MSI GTX 970 Gaming video card.

Cons: Very minor, but I had to manually set the timing myself in the bios to 2400 for the RAM. M2 use does reduce the available SATA 6 slots from 6 to 4. Not a problem yet, as I am not using an M2 memory module. Typical searching in the bios required to find settings, but nothing too difficult to figure out.

Other Thoughts: Good cost effective gaming MOBO. It screams with the RAM, which I got on sale here for $110.00. Everything worked after installing their MSI drivers. Sound worked. USB 2 and 3 ports worked. LAN port worked. No issues at all.

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  • Boris I.
  • 4/21/2015 9:15:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs"just right"

Pros: quality made. nice appearance. no issues with 1.0 bios out of the box, smooth software upgrade.

Cons: mostly software really. avoidable, but still present bloat ware. gaming up once installed has 3 fan modes, which can only be switched between them once engaged. in other words there is no way to go back to default. this resulted in running 3-4 degrees hotter than before on "quiet" mode. while a tad louder/higher rpm on gaming which is normal. uninstalling the app did NOT reset the settings for some reason. it just kept them on last mode. i remedied this through windows restore point.

BIOS seems to take a bit long to get to the windows screen. about 10 seconds, which doesn't seem much until you are running a PCIe ssd and BIOS is 2/3 of your total boot time.

Other Thoughts: i got this as a discount bundle and could not be happier.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/14/2015 3:10:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOptimal for budget builds.

Pros: Started building comps for myself and some friends. Have bought several of these and all have worked fine (About 5 now). If you are looking for a good gaming MOBO in a low price range, any of the mod to upper end MSI gaming mobo's should do the trick. the main reason for this being the socket type. 1150 intels are realitivly cheap. and shouldn't need anything better then an i3 unless you feel like splurging on it.

Cons: None, all friends were satisfied, as was I. i feel bad for the people that have negitive reviews about this board.

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  • Roger R.
  • 4/12/2015 1:28:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsInconvenient

Pros: Looks very nice

Cons: Could not make it through the installation of the OS. Computer randomly rebooted without warning.

Other Thoughts: I've built a lot of systems, usually use ASUS products. This is my first MSI board. I am level headed enough to know that there is always a chance of getting a lemon so I RMA'd this board for a replacement with high hopes. Will update review after I get a replacement product.

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 |

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  • Brandon M.
  • 4/11/2015 8:41:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MOBO

Pros: Amazing, has all the ports an M.2 port it doesn't have the new super fast SATA but that's not supper necessary. The one button overclocking is awesome and I think this is a great board for pretty much any need.

Cons: None so far. I do wish the MSI logo lit up but thats about it

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  • Alex K.
  • 4/11/2015 5:40:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDragons

Pros: Very nice packaging and accessories, has dragons on it, had no problems installing aftermarket CPU cooler, nice and simple bios menu, overclocking is great and good price for a solid motherboard.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: if you like dragons then this is the motherboard to get

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  • Azfar S.
  • 4/10/2015 11:34:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSick Motherboard

Pros: Good overclocking utilities
mouse support in BIOS
Looks better than previous generation MOBO :P

Cons: Built in ethernet doesnt seem any different than any regular ethernet. sometimes its even worse.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/7/2015 4:33:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsQuality Control is lacking

Pros: Aside from QC, I don't think it's a bad board at all. The onboard sound is very good.

Cons: First board I got was DOA. I was able to return it to Newegg. The second board works except for it doesn't recognize the LAN. Since I didn't want to go through the return process again, I just tossed in a LAN card and it works fine.

I dislike the sideways USB 3 and SATA ports. Since my case is not that large, it is difficult to access them.

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  • Kyle H.
  • 4/6/2015 5:46:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard!

Pros: Great motherboard! Comes with a lot of great features and software. UEFI is clean and easy to use. Not the best I've seen but solid. Matte black PCB is nice. Colors are nice. Haven't tried out any overclocking yet but seems like ti would be solid. Joy to build on.

Cons: USB 3.0 at a right angle is a pain with me case.

Other Thoughts: Fractal Design Define R5
Intel 4790k
EVGA 750 G2
Samsung EVO 850
16 GB HyperX Savage
Noctua NH-D14

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