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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)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2667(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Michael P.
  • 9/13/2014 11:41:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard for the price.

Pros: This motherboard is great. it has every thing you need, unless you want to run SLI. But you can run crossfire on it. It looks nice and simple, no major heatsinks in the way or anything extra like that. For this price i think this is the perfect motherboard for anyone. (except for SLI) of course.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I have no bad things to say about this motherboard. it just works, exactly how it should. Also, for some people who may be wondering, it comes with 2 SATA data cables just incase you're having trouble finding that info. Also, it has the oc genie 4, which actually works. i gave it a try on my i5 4590k which is 3.5ghz base stock, and it overclocked it to 4.1 ghz. so not a bad little utility if you wanna overclock but dont know what you're doing or you're lazy or something like that. I definitely recommend this motherboard.

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  • Ramon R.
  • 9/10/2014 6:29:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome mobo and xfire capable

Pros: Excellent all around abd great price

Cons: None sli

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  • David M.
  • 9/4/2014 10:41:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works

Pros: It's hard to complain about mobo that works as advertised.

Cons: See below.

Other Thoughts: I made this comment on my other parts as well:

Computer parts are freaking cheesy these days. The z97 mobo flexes when you plug things in, the GTX 760 bends downward on one side due to its own weight, the stock Intel cooler is held on my flimsy plastic clips, the case is slightly bowed inward due to a manufacturing defect, and the modular PSU came with bent pins. All of the parts came from reputable manufacturers.

9 years ago, I spent half as much on a budget build and had much higher confidence in the durability of the parts. It seems as though durability has been reduced across the board for new products. With this new build, I’d be afraid to bump the side of the case.

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  • Joseph S.
  • 8/26/2014 4:17:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEasy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

Pros: Great Budget MoBo
Has everything I need for my budget gaming rig...paired with a G3258 and an EVGA GTX 750 Ti 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card, 8 Gigs ram this set up overclocked so easily with the OCGenie I can't say enuff...MoBo O'clocked the chip to 4.3Ghz on Stock HSF...can't wait to see what it will do when my 212 Evo arrives. USB 3.0, Sata 6.0GB, blah blah blah...read the specs it has it all...even Xfire support, meh.

Cons: Slightly flimsy on the board's rigidity, just be smart and support the board while shoving in your memory...Cant take an Egg off for that, if that's the worst so far, just have a Non-Ogre-Handed person install it for you.

Also, Does Not taste like Chicken.

Other Thoughts: This board/cpu/gpu combo stated above replace a well-aged Asus P5Q-E, Q9950 Quad Core and an HIS AMD 48XX Video Card all for less than the Original cost of the Q9550...for a budget mobo paired with the budget processor this is a Homerun!


All components installed/replaced in under an hour. Win 8.1 was the bottleneck on install...Once all installed, boot time is under 10 seconds on a Samsung 840 EVO SSD.



BTW the over clock is all stock voltages, even stock HSF, Of course stock grey mess(read as thermal compound) was replaced with AS-5.

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  • Evelyn E.
  • 8/24/2014 1:17:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood but not great

Pros: I loved the board's advertised features, including the series 9 chipset, USB 3.0 header, and easy overclocking features.

The large number of extra system fan headers was a nice surprise.

Aside from the USB 3.0 header, the design was pretty spacious, allowing plenty of room for parts, even with my oversized CPU heatsink.

Cons: The board's BIOS was finicky and did not like overclocking. By this I mean the OC Genie feature was completely non-functional (did not actually OC) and eventually caused a no-POST/No-boot failure on what was supposed to be a simple restart. The BIOS update that would supposedly fix this issue killed the board. (Making two catastrophic BIOS failures within 1 week of purchase.)

Slight design flaw: the USB 3.0 header is situated so close to the 24-pin power header that a standard USB cable barely fits when jammed in next to the power cable. Though I was finally able to get both plugged in at once, it was a far lengthier and tougher process than it needed to be. Though more of a one-time annoyance than a constant issue, I do consider this a minor design flaw.

Other Thoughts: The service reps at the company were friendly and knowledgeable, so I can't fault their customer service. On the other hand, they were also completely unsurprised that the board had BIOS issues, as it is apparently a common problem with them. This, more than anything, persuaded me that the problems were less of a "bad unit" situation and more of a "bad design" situation.

I can't fault the company as a whole (they do make excellent video cards and had excellent customer service), but I opted to go with a different brand for my motherboard and have not regretted the decision. If the USB placement and BIOS issues were fixed, or if I could be assured that the BIOS problem were an isolated incident, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the board, but my experience left me both weary and wary. Your mileage may vary.

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  • Theodore S.
  • 8/22/2014 2:41:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Motherboard

Pros: This motherboard BIOS has everything under the sun that you can think of. I really like the advance air cooler configuration.
This motherboard is tough.
I bought this with a computer case that was bent/warped in shipping. I didn't notice this until I was trying to place the motherboard in. In doing so I noticed that this mother board has a very tough conformal coating on it. I was very impressed. Other motherboards would have been scratched up and possible have torn a trace (because of the bent case rubbing on the board) Parts are well soldered on to the board.
For the electrical engineering nerds out there, the capacitors and inductors are military spec, albeit on the lower/cheaper end. This still blows away any other motherboard I have seen.

Compared to other motherboards I have worked with, this motherboard is also more rigid/stiff. I suspect they they used a thicker grounding plane for one of the layers in the PCB board.

I have not tried overclocking.

Cons: I didn't like the lever for the LGA 1150 chipset.
This could be an issue for the LGA 1150 form factor and nothing to do with this board.

When closing the lever after installing the processor i noticed the soft aluminum clamps start to buckle (bend) a bit.

I'm use to the ZIFF style (no, i'm not that old) where you don't need nearly that much pressure.

I thought maybe I had my processor in wrong (an I7-4790) I was starting to panic.

But, it sealed ok even with the buckle in the surrounding seal.
I don't have enough experience to make a call on the LGA1150, and if this experience was normal, but just a warning carefully watch that seal.

Other Thoughts: Besides the thin aluminum for the LGA1150 seal this is a very hardy motherboard.
I would highly recommend this board to anybody.

Remember to have an ESD grounded work station and comfortable humidity when working on this.

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  • Brian E.
  • 8/12/2014 1:34:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood until...nada

Pros: Good value and performance and polished manual. Nice color.

Cons: I would have given this board very high marks, but about 6 weeks in it has now completely died and shows no signs of life at all. MSI has a decent RMA process online, but the board is missing the serial number sticker. Must be on the manufacturing floor in China. Hopefully they will take it back/replace/repair.

Other Thoughts: The missing sticker bothers me, as does the fact that the board died. I understand components crashing and burning, but the missing sticker would seem to indicate some QA problems are going on. While this is being RMA'd (hopefully), I'm going to have to buy another board (I use this computer for work). So annoying.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product. Almost all of MSI Mothebroards serial number can be located on either original box or on the back of the physical motherboard.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.
http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or underneath the motherboard, eg 601-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Kurt S.
  • 8/11/2014 5:55:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsSolid Basic Board

Pros: Overclock capable, has all the basics, latest Z97 chipsets

Cons: Could be more user friendly (color coded inputs), not a super overclocker

Other Thoughts: My i5-750/Gigabyte P55-UDR3 system was tanking, so I took advantage of a competitors bundle with a G3258. A step down in regards to board quality and CPU speed, but still pretty capable. 4.3 GHz overclock @ 1.25V with OC Genie on stock cooling. Pretty good basic board. I'm okay with the layout.

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  • Huy C.
  • 8/7/2014 6:32:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsCareful of Rebate postmark

Pros: High quality board, great design and flow

Cons: Beware of 15 day rebate postmark requirement from MSI. They don't give the usual 60 days like the industry standard.

Other Thoughts: Won't be buying MSI products until they change their policy

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  • Jeremy G.
  • 8/1/2014 10:58:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsA Great Let Down

Pros: I was optimistic because the motherboard functioned great...for about a month. While it ran, I had no problems of any kind and greatly using it.

Cons: One month in, while using the MSI Live Update tool, my computer froze completely. After trying all of the usual alt f4, ctrl alt delete, and windows key combos, I was forced to power down my PC manually. After powering it down, it would power up, but restart before making it to the "Military Class Motherboard" screen, much less the Windows starting screen, and then proceed to power up again, with my monitor not picking up the signal (my VGA cable were connected properly). So after sinking a ton of money into a gaming desktop, I'm now left with a giant paperweight and a bunch of resentment.

Other Thoughts: Really disappointed, and hoping I don't have to sink more money I can't afford to into more computer parts because of this.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.


Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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