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MSI Z97 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
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Z97 PC MATE

  • Supports 4th and 5th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • 4K UHD Support: Ultra-high Definition Visual Experience
  • Multi-GPU: AMD CrossFire Support
  • Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
  • Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds
  • Smart Utilities: Easily Setup & Configure Intel® Technologies
Z97 PC MATE Z97 PC MATE OPTIMIZED FOR MULTIPLE GRAPHICS CARDS

MSI motherboards feature one or more PCI Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running a AMD CrossFire™ gaming setup.

Z97 PC MATE

MILITARY CLASS 4

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Dark Choke and Solid CAP will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.

Z97 PC MATE

DARK CHOKE

Dark Choke uses the special core design and allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature with higher capacity and better power efficiency and stability.



Z97 PC MATE

SOLID CAP

With their aluminum core design and Japanese made quality, Solid CAPs are made for high-end design motherboard. Not only do Solid CAPs could provide lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), but also work firmly for over-10-year.

Z97 PC MATE

OC GENIE 4

With the one-second overclocking option OC Genie we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot straight away. Give your system an awesome performance boost with ease. Z97 PC MATE

CLICK BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features. Click on the button on the right to visit our dedicated BIOS page and learn more.

Z97 PC MATE

SOFTWARE

Z97 PC MATE

COMMAND CENTER

MSI's Command Center software is a very powerful tool to push your motherboard to the max. With a very intuitive touch ready interface, Command Center allows users to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance and adjust cooling features.

Z97 PC MATE

LIVE UPDATE 6

MSI Live Update is renewed! Our popular software automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS and software. Rest assured while your system is always configured using the latest software so you get the maximum performance and stability.

Z97 PC MATE

UNLIMITED RAMDISK

MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD.

  • Speed up system performance
  • Load complete game images
  • Speed up games, apps and browser
Z97 PC MATE

Z97 PC MATE

SMART UTILITIES

The MSI Smart Utilities application helps to easily setup, configure and boost your systems' performance and more through 3 Intel® key technologies:

  • Intel® Rapid Start
  • Intel® Smart Response*
  • Intel® Smart Connect

*This feature only works on platform/model that supports Intel® Smart Response technology.

Z97 PC MATE

Z97 PC MATE

FAST BOOT

No more seamless waiting for your O/S to be loaded! MSI Fast Boot helps to make your system boot lightning fast. MSI Fast Boot also features a GO2BIOS button. Simply click it to restart your PC and go straight to the system BIOS.

Z97 PC MATE

Z97 PC MATE

4K UHD SUPPORT

Enjoy awesome 4K UHD video playback with MSI 9 series motherboards. MSI motherboards that are equipped with HDMI port(s) support the latest 4K UHD (2160p ultra-high definition) resolution to provide an unprecedented breathtaking visual experience.

Z97 PC MATE

HDMI

Enjoy the awesome HD video playback now! MSI motherboards that equip with HDMI port(s) supports the latest and the most innovative signal outputs to provide an unprecedented visual experience.


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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Zachary O.
  • 6/26/2015 1:34:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood MotherBoard

Pros: has 6 sata ports. has 4 ddr3 ram slots. the bios is pretty easy to operate and to overclock your cpu. it does support amd crossfire.

Cons: Doesnt have a power/reset button on motherboard. doesnt support SLI

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  • Dennis A.
  • 6/24/2015 8:29:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFroze on Bios

Pros: Was easy to setup. simple bios

Cons: bios froze every second time. after updeting via live update to 4.9 work fine for a day next morning the bios froze can use mouse or keyboard tried to restart same problem. took out the battery didn't help

Other Thoughts: i can't say that this mobo is bad. the price was temping. it's looked like i just got one that has problem. reading the msi forum a lot of people having problem after updating bios

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 | usreview@msi.com

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  • Gee L.
  • 6/14/2015 12:50:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHuge Dissapointment and Headache

Pros: Bought this board as part of a bundle and figured I'd use the board as an upgrade from my ASUS Z87-A

Board looks real sexy. Good Color scheme and DIMM boards aren't too close to the CPU. Board is a little smaller than my previous Z87-A board width wise, so fitting it into my existing case wasn't impossible, but had to change out a few studs to make it work

Currently Running:

I7-4790K
16gb DDR3 1600MHZ RAM HYPERX
MSI -GTX 970 Gaming
500GB SSD Samsung
Windows 8.1 OS
3TB HD Western Digital Blue Cavier
750W Corsair PSU Gold Rated

Cons: Got my cpu build back up and started it up. Got everything in working order but started getting into nightmare territory shortly after re configuring and being able to load up my OS from my SSD.

Software is a nightmare for those running Windows 8.1, the drivers and utilities CD won't load up for those using anything other than windows 7. Had to load up drivers via USB stick, had to borrow my friend's laptop to do this and it was just such a hassle!

C9 and A2 errors when loading up bios. These are errors are problems with USB or SSD hardware where the MOBO can't detect the hardware or have compatibility issues with certain existing hardware. I've tried unplugging EVERYTHING and running the cpu just as bare-bones and I still get these issues. These errors can cause load times to DRAG, sometimes taking more than a couple minutes just to get to load up to log-in screen. BIOS updates didn't seem to fix this

Hardware just doesn't seem to be compatible with this MOBO, have been trying to give the board due justice and it just under-performs compared to other brand mobos. Even with my rig i experience freezes when opening multiple documents. Don't know if this is a MoBO issue but never had this problem with the Z87-A

Other Thoughts: after about a week of trouble shooting and digging through the internet for answers, it seems like MSI has made a decent piece of hardware but hasn't put in the work to make the hardware plug and play. It's a pain to have to adjust so much through driver updates and work WITH the MoBO rather than the MoBo making the user's work easier. I'll be going back to the z87-A and trying to see if I can RMA or atleast get something for the Z97 PCmate before trying to resell it

It might have worked better had I had windows 7 and been doing a fresh install on a HD, but I just like my currently SSD/windows 8.1 software too much

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. Verify make sure there is no bent pin on the CPU socket.
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 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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  • Anonymous
  • 6/11/2015 11:12:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid board

Pros: Z97 chipset
Very well laid out bios
Crossfire support
Well laid out pci-e slots

Cons: No SLI support

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  • Bridgett F.
  • 6/9/2015 7:39:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Just a good sturdy board.

Cons: Wish it came with a plugin for the LED's since they're a pain.

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  • Bradley M.
  • 6/7/2015 12:19:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOC Genie ?

Pros: cheap combo with pentium

Cons: OC Genie blue screens everytime

Other Thoughts: I got this combo for a HTPC,...I don't see OC Genie button anywhere on motherboard even though it tells you to take case cover off and push button...I did find one to click that says OC Genie but everytime I try that it sends it to 4.3 and bluescreens EVERYTIME.. runs fine when I don't do that...guess I don't get to OC cause I don't know any other way

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  • Riese N.
  • 6/3/2015 6:18:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

Pros: Working great so far, everything boots up and works well. Updated the bios with live update 6 and nothing negative has happened so far so that's...positive

Cons: The bios are a little awkward to rummage through and the PCI pins broke really easily, but they're useless anyway so whatever. One of my fans does not work in my case upon installation, but I had a gpu that crapped itself out so that's been more of the priority. Will update if it's my case, the fan, or my mobo.

Other Thoughts: You get what you pay for -Gandhi

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  • Spencer V.
  • 6/2/2015 1:51:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Solid performance, affordable price, good BIOS.

Cons: Limited PCIe Channels for those with dual GFX cards in mind. Will have to replace this monitor if I ever want to pick up a second 970 or 980.

Form factor isn't truly ATX, a tiny bit smaller. You must be gentle when pushing in the 20-pin power connector as it won't have a support underneath and will flex the board.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/2/2015 12:01:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Cheap board which has almost everything you need for a enthusiast grade PC.

Easy to use UEFI

Extremely easy to overclock your processor.

Cons: UEFI updates are risky at best. I've had bad experiances with it, and from reading online it seems like a lot of people have had to send their boards back because of bad updates.

No bridge support for multiple Nvidia GPUs.

Inaccurate CPU temperature readings. Currently my motherboard tells me my CPU is running at 9 degrees Celsius even though I'm in a 20 degree room.

Keyboard doesn't work when trying to enter UEFI or boot menu. Not sure if this is a keyboard or motherboard issue though.

Other Thoughts: Having a Z97 chipset at this price is pretty good. The UEFI is also great. But if I ever want to update my UEFI/BIOS it's going to be risky.

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  • Dennis G.
  • 5/29/2015 9:00:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI Motherboard Z97

Pros: Cheap Motherboard, but provides all the necessary components for a new build. Looks good, everything went together as expected.

Cons: Not much of a Con but Motherboard says ATX so expected normal size ATX it is not. It has only 6 spots to secure Motherboard so trying to follow a typical ATX Motherboard layout for the stand offs will not work. Thankfully I recognized this right away but others might get thrown by this. Wasn't certain I should choose this MB but if I'd know it wasn't a full size ATX would have gotten something else. But all in all it works and that's all I need it to do.

Other Thoughts: I installed Memory, CPU, CPU Cooler all with no problems. Lots of room for expansion cards if needed. Fit in my case with lots of room left in case due to smaller size ATX Motherboard.

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