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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)
  • 3000*(*OC)/ 2800*/ 2666*/ 2600*/ 2400*/ 2200*/ 2133*/ 2000*/ 1866*/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066

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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, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Reed L.
  • 2/9/2016 6:23:26 PM

5 out of 5 eggsBest Budget Overclocker for the money

Pros: - Z97 chipset
- Reliable
- MSI bios is easy to navigate and manage
- Solid performer
- Not as ugly as most budget boards
- Good instruction manual

Cons: - No SLI, crossfire only

Other Thoughts: I've put 6 of these in builds for friends with G3258s overclocked to 4.3 GHz and higher. Never ran into a single issue and all 6 board are working flawlessly after a year and a half of daily use. Big fan of MSI's BIOS and their website support for drivers and such is easy enough to manage. Very very impressed with these units. If you are okay with not having a ton of USB 3.0 ports and no SLI support this is the best budget-minded board I could recommend. Very happy.

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  • Kevin K.
  • 1/31/2016 4:55:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood budget mobo.

Pros: Pretty limited features, but but does whatever you need it to.
Very stable board.
Looks great.
Great price.

Cons: Lacking some features, but, at this price point, that's not a surprise.
Not really designed for the performance user.

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for a good motherboard for a casual or budget gaming build, or even an everyday build, this is a great option. You don't get the top-tier features, but you're also not paying for them. Allows you to save some money for use elsewhere in your build without feeling like a massive compromise, as lower-priced boards can.

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  • Jonathan A.
  • 1/21/2016 5:14:13 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for budget builds

Pros: Utililized the i5 g3258 cpu
-Bios is easy to use
-Looks, for lack of better word, ok for an affordable mobo
-Extremely efficient for moderate gaming builds
-Very sturdy, not cheap or flimsy feeling
-OC friendly

Cons: Really nothing bad to say. It's not the ideal hardcore supporting gaming mobo but definitely fits the bill for majority of supported configurations under a tight budget.

Other Thoughts: The price has increased since I purchased this from $89-94 but for the price and the moderate gaming goals in mind, you still can't complain. It supports all necessary needs including variety of up to 32GB memory option and multiple USB/Sata connections. Obviously not the most effective supporting mobo or top of the line mobo, but certainly meets a high demand of non-complicated quick budget build gaming priority mobo's. I'd HIGHLY recommend.

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  • Levi B.
  • 12/31/2015 11:51:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy MSI (check the pins underneath CPU!!!)

Pros: Compatability, price

Cons: read "other"

Other Thoughts: I purchased this mobo with a bunch of other parts for a fresh gaming/video editing build. When i got everything hooked up, i ran into the same problem many others have - it got stuck in a bootloop. I narrowed it down to the fact that it would only boot if the ram was in slots 3+4, but after getting two more ram sticks, it would still not boot with all slots full. After a couple more days of scouring the internet, I decided to take the processor out and check the pins underneath it. Upon inspection, i saw that two of the pins in the top right corner were bent down. This very well could have occurred when i initially installed the cpu, but I can't say for certain if it was my own fault or if it was a manufacture/packaging error. I carefully used a boxer cutting blade to lift the pins back into place, and voila, all four slots work!

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/29/2015 12:32:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFit my needs perfectly

Pros: Overall, very nice layout. Sturdy and well-built. Has all the features one would expect for a mid-range board

Cons: - I wish it had more screw holes on the right side of the board. Makes installing RAM feel a little dangerous with nothing under it to stabalize
- USB 3.0 headers are too close to Main Power. I don't have USB 3.0 on my case so I haven't had an issue, but I did notice that.

Other Thoughts: Best bang for your buck.

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  • Mirtha L.
  • 12/23/2015 8:22:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI motherboard

Pros: I can tell this is going to be an awesome MB
many features in the bios screen..

Cons: ..

Other Thoughts: Finally a motherboard that worked.. I had gotten 2 dead motherboards before..

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  • Quintin B.
  • 12/19/2015 11:43:22 AM

5 out of 5 eggsMSI Z97 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel Z97

Pros: Good price and I really liked the manual

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: This is my first MSI motherboard and I'm going to order another one for a different build. I'm using 16 gigs of ram with the i7 4790 processor. So far I don't have any complaints and it's been running strong for about 3 months now.

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  • Adam S.
  • 12/17/2015 10:20:35 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCheck your RAM

Pros: Solid with built in video

Cons: Corsair XMS RAM that came in Combo deal caused nothing but Video Driver crashes after installing an MSI 960 GTX 4g

Other Thoughts: Make sure you check any potential RAM for this motherboard for compatibility before you purchase.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Adam,
Sorry to hear about the issue you reported. Before considering RMA can we suggest you check following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected firmly, clear CMOS and udpate to latest BIOS provided on our website for the MB. www.msi.com
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. Verify check for any bent pins on CPU socket.
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.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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  • Greg J.
  • 12/17/2015 3:45:51 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCan't change BIOS, jumpers?seriously

Pros: 6 SATA 3 ports, 4 DIMM slots support 32 GB RAM

Cons: Cannot change BIOS, resets to default on every restart and hangs with "F1 to enter BIOS Setup" and #F2 to enter boot menu"

MSI is nearly impossible to communicate with. I received one e-mail back and provided serial number and BIOS Firmware version. Haven't heard back. The web site is focused ONLY on overclocking and there is so much misinformation and non-model specific information that it appears to be disinformation by design.

Other Thoughts: I'm about ready to pull the board before all the jumper misinformation fries my 32 GB of RAM and My CPU. Don't load the drivers from the included disk, it will lock up the entire computer (maybe I got an old board, no manufacture date printed on the board itself)

Like a number of reviews here; I was going to "RAID 5" 6 HDD's put the OS on an SSD and have 3 or 4 more HDD's for backups. My case will hold 9 3.5" drives and up to 20 2.5" drives. It is not a full size ATX board; the board doesn't reach the front 3 standoffs so it's just cantilevered and that is the side of the board with the SATA ports, the Power Plugin , the front panel connectors so it flexes a little when plugging things in. The actual PCB is pretty thick, offsetting the lack of 1/3 of what should be supported by standoffs. The worst thing of all is the CMOS jumper situation. No documentation and the information, including a couple of videos on their website have zero resemblance to the board I received. My board has a 2 pin jumper, it will not run (the power supply won't even fire up) with the jumper installed; it simply is used to clear the CMOS but it doesn't even do that. After clearing the CMOS, including removing the battery, it hangs during POST every time with a message about setting being restored to default. I'm open to any suggestions, the board is not returnable because I went for the rebate and cut the UPC code off the box for a lousy 10 bucks. It is difficult to find a board this cheap with 6 SATA hookups but controller cards are easy and my case isn't full of GPU's so I have plenty of room and modular power (850 watts) and a case with double wall construction to route all the cables out of sight and out of mind yet very accessible by opening the other side panel. That's it, if I keep writing I'll end up disassembling the machine tonight and going to a local store and buying a different brand board and some controller cards.

My CPU supports ECC RAM so maybe I'll buy a server MOBO.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Greg,
Sorry to hear about the issue you reported. Before considering RMA can we suggest you check following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected firmly, 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.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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  • Chen L.
  • 12/15/2015 10:53:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy first venture with MSI and so far so good

Pros: Board seems fast and snappy on basic file operations with SSD. I have a Gigabyte Z87 board at work with same CPU (i5-4670k) and same RAM DDR3-2400 and this board feels more responsive. MSI RAMDisk adds even more speed to the system but as with any RAMDisk may cause issues when installing the likes of Microsoft products. (2) CPU fan connectors on board. No hassle overclock of i5-4670k to 4k mhz or using XMP. Bios takes a few clicks to get used to but overall simple and easy to use.

Cons: Angle SATA connections should be banned from all boards, Not enough USB 2.0 header on the board, MSI fan control software manages fans dynamically with presets such as 25%, 50%, 75% & 100% instead of full dynamic voltage control. system fan seems to monitor CPU temperature and not individually by case temp.

Other Thoughts: It's a great board.... if it lasts the test of time. As a sys admin
I don't have too many components die on me because i know what I'm doing when building.

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