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MSI Z97 U3 Plus 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(OC)/3100(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 12/5/2014 11:04:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: DOA so I don't know. It looks nice though.
Comes with two sata cables.

Cons: DOA

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 usreview@msi.com 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 | usreview@msi.com

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  • jerry m.
  • 11/26/2014 3:30:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsnot that good

Pros: well its a good mother borad ,, just wished my new msi motherboard would have worked,, it looks nice

Cons: I had my motherboard only 2 days ,,BUILT THE COMPUTER TODAY,, ,, I also bought a brand new i7 k cpu 1150 socket of course ,,well I had some gskill ddr3 1600 and ddr3 1333,, tried both in the computer , the computer turns on and stays on,,, but no video ,, the hard drives they not make any noise eather,, it could be not capatable memory,, I tried calling tech support,, no answer ,, I tried the new i7 k cpu,, on my other socket 1150 gigabyte motherboard,,, computer it works fine a long with the gskill memory ,, and I also tried the i5 core cpu from the gigabyte motherboard ,,it does the same thing , NO VIDEO,, so now I need to do some thing ,, I am not happy ,, I will not buy msi again,, I will be using gigabyte mother boradss , I would return it to new egg but I had to send in the rebate ,, msi does not give you that much time to send in the rebate , I would lost that too.. ,, mabe I will try different memory ,, not happy at all

Other Thoughts: I am not giving newegg 2 eggs ,, its for msi ,, I will be buying gigabyte motherbords from now on ,, my last msi motherboard i bought was a socket 478 this msi motherboard was on sale ,, i thought i would give it a try,, i always bought gigabye mother borads when up grading,, i will be rma this msi motherboard or try to get of hold of tech support

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  • Lennon D.
  • 11/17/2014 9:46:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood price, solid BIOS options, some QA issues

Pros: I'm not necessarily an "elite" system builder, but I've put together a decent workstation/gaming rig every 3-4 years for the last 15 years or so and this board struck me as a good balance of price, performance, and hardware support.

My finished build (i7-4770K, EVGA-brand GTX 760, Crucial Ballistix 4x8GB) is crazy-fast even at default clock speeds and quite stable.

Cons: My first board had a bad DIMM slot (#3). However, because I initially only had two sticks installed, I didn't discover this until a couple of weeks later when I decided to make the jump to 32GB for virtualization and data processing.

By that point I had recycled the packaging, so I couldn't really RMA it. Since everything else about the board seemed fine, I decided to order another copy and put the one that could only handle two DIMMs into an old case along with an inexpensive Pentium CPU (G3220) as a hand-me-down PC for a friend. Not a big deal in the end.

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  • Robbie B.
  • 11/9/2014 9:54:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsannnnd I bricked it.

Pros: Worked great for me for a couple months. Survived one bios flash a couple weeks in. More USB 3.0 ports than I know what to do with. I liked the Bios interface, great GUI too. You can drag around the boot priority options with a GUI in the bios, and monitor your hardware and control system fans and CPU pretty easily. Comes with Intel XTU great for overclocking.

Cons: Bricked it with 2nd Bios update. I tried using Live update and my computer restarted to a black screen. RIP board. This is unfortunately a common issue with MSI boards from what I've seen online. Really sad to see this with otherwise a decent quality board.

Other Thoughts: Lesson learned never update Bios...
In the process of RMA right now. Kinda sucks having to pay for shipping all the way across the country for MSI to hopefully fix my board. Also waiting without the board for 5-15 days not including shipping to and from MSI. This just barely beats out buying a new board for me. Especially since this happened from using MSI software to update an MSI product...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, checking on RMA status etc. for us, 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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  • LUDWIG P.
  • 11/1/2014 8:02:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUSB 3.0 issues

Pros: Looks nice. Most things work.

Cons: Constant USB 3.0 issues. I have two of these boards and the usb 3.0 aren't working up to speed, dont work at all and often not even recognized by windows 7. Every day a different issue with them. I think msi has a problem with this as I called tech support and as friendly as they are, they just suggest to uninstall and reinstall and uninstall and reinstall drivers.

All USB 2.0 work fine with no issues at all, only 3.0 has all the problems, so since I built both pcs with this board to rely on 3.0 it has become quite a letdown. I suggest staying away from this board if you need to transfer images from any device relying on usb 3.0

Other Thoughts: Most everything else on the board seems to work fine except that one board freezes if you go into bios through the power button.

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. Update to latest BIOS and drivers provided from our website www.msi.com
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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  • Caleb S.
  • 10/31/2014 11:59:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Z97 Motherboard

Pros: -Excellent clickable BIOS. You can monitor all devices connected, overclock easily, and change settings in the nice new clickable bios.

-Nicely Constructed/build. MSI has a solid product here, with excellent protection built into the components for shock and humidity.

-Works great with the i7-4790K Haswell Build. Also have a Corsair H-55 liquid cooler installed and it fits like a gem on the board.

Cons: None, none at all.

Other Thoughts: Highly recommend.

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  • Angel R.
  • 10/17/2014 5:32:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsBe weary before purchasing

Pros: The overall design of the board is great and the pricing is fair. What interested me about this motherboard is its amount of USB 3.0 slots, with a wide array of them it was easy to hook up USB cables, Flash Drives, and other trinkets. Also its large amounts of SATA ports and speed.

Cons: I've ordered two of these motherboards one after another. The first motherboard was defective. It did not work when installed. I called Newegg, sent it back and then received a replacement (as I chose to). Later as soon as I get the next one, once installed it worked for a week then died just like the first one. Same exact symptoms and everything. I am extremely disappointed with this build and would greatly recommend anyone to give deep though before buying this specific motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Overall MSI is a great company with a wide array of professional grade equipment. I wish to not give a bad name to the company because of one product type. Nobody is perfect.

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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  • Robbie B.
  • 10/16/2014 11:54:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far it's great!

Pros: -Blue color scheme is perfect for my build
-Loads of USB ports
-Overclocked my i5 to 4.8ghz pretty easily with board
-Came bundled with 4690k for me. (Great deal)
-The bios was intuitive and overclocking was easy with Intel XTU

Cons: None yet really,

Other Thoughts: I was nervous buying with few reviews but I'm glad I did. MSI actually has decent support as well. Pretty satisfied with product and price point was totally acceptable.

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  • eric l.
  • 9/30/2014 2:17:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsCaught my eye

Pros: Headed in the right direction MSI.
Love the steel usb power feature; garenteed power delivery on all usbs
Love that each port is protected against ESD.

Cons: However, to make your product more competitive you should at least throw in ALC887 with ELNA audio caps. Pennies for a much more competitive product.

Other Thoughts: Also, just my opinion but your boards have a greater DOA tendency then your competitors (Asus, Gigabyte), so on a board of this price some server grade testing would re-assure the buyer

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  • LUDWIG P.
  • 9/28/2014 2:14:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Board

Pros: 12x USB 3.0 supported, all with solid 5V delivery, attractive design, so far very stable, UEIF Bios, what's not to like. Passed all the stress tests I threw at it without a hiccup.

Cons: Had to RMA firsts board as it had loose heat sinks that could have created a short. Beware with MSI software. I suggest installing the minimum. MSI is well known in forums not to test their software and if you install all their utilities, get used to programs not working, freezes, you name it. I found out the hard way and was dumbfounded until I googled and found many threads. I ended up doing a clean install of win-7 again to get things going and took everyone's advice to install the minimum supplied utilities.

Other Thoughts: I have to admit, even though my first board was a dud and I made the mistake first time around installing all the utilities on the second board and then having to reinstall windows, MSI tech support have been great. They always seem to answer quickly and do their best to get things going. For this reason alone, I will continue to purchase their brand as they do their absolute best to stand behind their product.

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