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MSI Z97 GAMING 5 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
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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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  • John P.
  • 7/1/2015 6:59:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDon't Bump It

Pros: Worked great, loved the oc genie even though it's kinda worthless if you know what your doing anyways. Also matched the look of the case and the gpu I had as well.

Cons: Not sure if I bumped it, or if it got nudged, but after moving it into another room only half the board gets power now. I think this is what happend to all those DOA reviews, someone bumped the board, and something broke.

Other Thoughts: Tested everything on the board to make sure it was the board and not the psu, cpu, or anything else. Also having problems returning the thing or getting the extended warrenty to work.

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  • Michael L.
  • 6/27/2015 7:05:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBoard was DOA

Pros: Unknown as this point aside from it looks really good aesthetically.

Cons: Board was DOA

Other Thoughts: RMA'd it for a replacement through newegg. Hoping the next one is good.

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), clear CMOS.
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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  • Scot K.
  • 6/27/2015 2:22:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: Very nice BIOS with mouse support.
Can take a LOT of RAM.
Looks and feels very high quality.
Very good price.

Cons: The first board that I ordered was defective. This was confirmed by the manufacturer, and they sent me a new one and paid for the shipping. It was a bit of a hassle, but these things happen sometimes. They were very helpful throughout the process. I will take away one egg though because I have seen some other people saying that theirs were dead on arrival as well.

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  • John G.
  • 6/26/2015 8:58:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsi7 4790 Compatibility?

Pros: Looks Great
Lots of Space
OC Genie is pure magic

Cons: I'm not certain what's going on, but either this motherboard has a defect or my new i7 4790 does. As long as I'm just browsing the internet or doing something else non-taxing, everything runs great. However, when I start up a game, any game, I can play for about 30 seconds then get a black screen, the audio continues for a short time (doesn't actually loop), then a complete system crash and reboot. I'll be RMAing this board for a different brand (probably ASUS) to see if the board is the problem. If this doesn't solve my issue, I'll be RMAing the processor, as well. I'll update my rating once I get things sorted out.

Other Thoughts: I was really excited to get this board, as I've been a big fan of MSI products in my home build. Needless to say, I was more than a little disappointed with the issues posed between this board and the i7 4790.

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  • Mike M.
  • 6/25/2015 12:40:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful to behold

Pros: 1. Simply gorgeous to look at.

2. Fantastic bios for setting up RAID, overclocking... etc.

3. The Killer Networking software is amazing for dividing bandwidth between apps that need it

4. It some special red colored USB 3 slots and PS2 on it for low latency input.

5. LCD on motherboard provides real time cpu temp after booted

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Never had any other motherboard for a personal system besides Asus until now...

My system:

Mobo: MSI Gaming 5 z97
Cpu: i5 4690k
Gpu: XFX DD R9 290
Ram: HyperX Fury Black series (16gb)
Psu: Rosewill Photon 1050
Aio: Corsair H100i GTX
Case: Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 (w/ window)

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  • Christian F.
  • 6/17/2015 11:34:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStylish and works

Pros: Looks really awesome, is easy to install, has a bunch of features and software was nice. Very satisfied

Cons: None so far.

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  • John N.
  • 6/8/2015 9:25:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSLI Capability

Pros: Austin..... no Z97 board has SLI capability with anything plugged into the 3rd PCI slot....except for the very rare few that have PEX chip. This is true for ever brand out there.

Cons: Like every other Z97 board (w/o PEX) , it only offers 16 PCI lanes.....each card in SLI uses 8 lanes.

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  • Austin S.
  • 6/8/2015 5:04:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSLI not compatible!

Pros: nice look to board, red and black scheme is sharp.

Cons: No where does it list on this motherboard, that if you have ANYTHING plugged into the 3rd PCI x16 slot, then this motherboard disables SLI mode, with no way to turn it back on. I ordered a PCI slot SSD card, along with two GTX 970's. Windows detects both 970's, but nvidia control panel won't give me the option to SLI the video cards together. Take out the SSD from the 3rd pci x16 slot, and wahla! SLI is detected. Now I have to buy either a new motherboard, or a sata SSD. Not happy that this fact was hidden when buying the card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/8/2015 11:34:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Its a gorgeous board very simple, only give you what you actually need nothing extra;)

Cons: The USB 3.0 that port was a little bit difficult to install, but after 10 minutes I got it

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  • eric a.
  • 6/8/2015 6:34:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far so good!

Pros: This motherboard has done everything I've asked it too without a hitch. It promotes a lot of audio stuff, yet, everything you need to overclock is there.

Cons: If your not looking to overclock go with a cheaper board. The reason I deducted 1 egg is because despite it being a very solid board. The audio promotion is a little over rated. There also isn't anything super special about this board. It's meant for overclocking and does the job. Don't expect a lot of bells and whistle's with this board.

Other Thoughts: If you want more features than go for a gaming 7 or gaming 9 board. If I could do the motherboard all over again I would have probably saved my money and grabbed the gaming 9. But I like bells and whistles even if I don't use them.

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