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MSI Z97A GAMING 9 ACK LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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MSI USB 3.1 2X FASTER

USB 3.1 allows for speeds up to 10 Gbps, doubling the speed compared to USB 3.0 and 20x faster than legacy USB 2.0. 3.1 is even faster than SATAIII! Transferring your favorite games, music and movies over USB has never been faster.

Feature

  • -2x faster than USB 3.0
  • -20x faster than USB 2.0
  • -Up to 10Gbps data transfer bandwidth
  • -Boost transfer rate between your PC and external storage devices.
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KILLER™ DOUBLESHOT PRO

Killer™ DoubleShot Pro combines Killer Ethernet and WiFi adapters, built for superior online traffic speeds and low latency. Advanced Stream Detect™ automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games.

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Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping. This enables trye multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to see your PC 24 hours a day.

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LOWEST LATENCY, FASTEST SPEEDS

Enjoy the best possible online gaming experience. Wireless AC Killer has 2.9x times faster data throughout compared to traditional Wireless-N solutions. The biggest adcantage is lower latency when gaming. Killer Wi-Fi has up to 3.5x times lower latency than other Wi-Fi solutions.

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TEAM UP KILLER LAN WITH KILLER WIFI

Introducing world's first Killer LAN & Wireless gaming connection on a motherboard, the X99A GAMING 9 ACK offers unmatched gaming performance. Smart teaming combines both LAN & Wireless for the best possible gaming experience. The Killer Network Manager decides which apps runs on which connection for gaming traffic optimization. Truly unique is using Killer LAN and Killer WiFi combined for insane networking speeds.


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WORLD'S BEST ONBOARD HI-FI GAMING AUDIO

Haaving superior sound quality while gaming is the decisive factor between a kill or be killed. The MSI Z947A GAMING 9 ACK motherboard comes with a premium hi-gi sound card, delivering studio-grade audio quaity, onboard! This high-end dedicated onboard sound card delivers 120dB SNR 192 kHz/32-bit of purest sound quality and delivers a breathtaking, never heard before gaming sound experience that gives you the upper hand on your opponent.

Xtreme Audio DAC is not just a selection of the best hi-fi components but chosen, set up and tuned by professionals for a breathtaking clear, warmer, and more balanced sound output, reaching up to professional studio-grade quality. Experience the thrill of game changing sound quality with Xtreme Audio DAC.

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DRAGON ARMOR

Much like the design of the I/O Cover, this awesome looking piece of protective shield helps to keep the audio signal pure, preventing the interference from other components. This is extremely important when demanding high quality sound.

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PROTECTED I/O COVER

A black design I/O Cover with GAMING 9 imprinted doesn't only look cool, but it also protects against Electro Magnetic Interference. Making sure whatever device you connect, you will always receive a pure signal.

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REWARD YOUR EARS WITH TRUE QUALITY

Get ready for ear-drum shattering 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 isolated 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 enviroments. Hear your enemies perfectly, make your ears a decisive tool to finish on top.

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EMI SHIELDING

To shield the audio core from EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) caused by other add-in cards the audio chip is protected by a high-grade EMI cover with backlight illumination.

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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 motherboards is unable to deliver a perfect USB signal.

Only 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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PUSH YOU SSD EVEN HARDER WITH TURBO M.2

Delivering speeds up to 32Gb/s using Gen3x4, Turbo M.2 is more than 5 times faster than a regular SATAIII connection! Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI motherboards.



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XSplit Gamecaster & Broadcaster V2 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.
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Zooooooom 8/24/2015 3:16:39 PM

Pros: Wow...where do I start. First, this build took me about 1 year. I wanted to buy quality and I saved up until I had the money to buy what I reviewed....and I reviewed a lot. I placed this MB in a Corsair Storm Stryker. Plenty of room...MSI board came with enough cables to connect 5 hard drives. I know looks are not the only thing, but videos and website pics don't do this board justice. The LED lighting on the boards looks great without obnoxious.

Cons: Zip, zero, 没什么, nada.

Overall Review: I didn't deduct egg from rating for wi-fi cable issue. If it's not resolved...I'll revisit. As mentioned above, I've been working on my build several months. Only two things left to purchase...video card and 2k monitor. I'm using onboard video from my i7 4790k cpu. I can't imagine what this thing will do with a MSI z97 980 ti and 2k monitor. This is my first build in a lot of years. I was a little intimidated, but read instructions and watched video for help....fired up on the first try. I have a Samsung SSD Pro as boot disk. Way to go MSI.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Killer Motherboard 6/7/2015 8:42:06 AM

Pros: What can I say but WOW! This board is Great. No issues at all so far. OC Genie worked like a charm. Pushed the board, processor, RAM hard and it didn't even flinch. Of course I got it in a Full ATX case with plenty of room, and water cooled also so you wouldn't expect any issues.

Cons: None

Overall Review: This is a Killer Motherboard. In the past I've always used Intel boards, have one that runs 24/7 and has been going for over 10 years, so I was a little weary going to another brand, no regrets so far. Full of features and supports gaming apps like a charm. Have used MSI Graphics Cards before and had no problems, so time will tell !!! Setup was smooth, but it's not for the faint of heart. It helps that I've been doing this for 15-20 years so I know my way around connecting everything up.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
MSI Gaming 9 5/5/2015 12:03:11 PM

Pros: MSI Gaming 9, Corsair Obsidian 900, push pull Corsair H105 Cooler, Intel I7 4780K, EVGA graphics card, Windows 8.1 and Samsung SSD.

I don't usually write a review, but this is MSI quality I expected. UEFI is easy to use. Setup was straight forward with detailed documentation.

I have built over 10 rigs and this is by far the best.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Well worth the expense of a first rate Motherboard and components listed above. Thanks to NewEgg.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
5/ 5
So far 5 eggs 5/2/2015 3:02:23 PM

Pros: OC features and options that can't be matched. awesome UEFI. LED lights on heatsinks are not overpowering all around eye candy packed with performance.USB 3.1 and I will update in a month

Cons: not any yet.

Overall Review: If you have a carbide spec 03 Corsair case the board will be a tight fit as the padding on the IO shield presses it away from standoffs it will also be a tight fit if you have the H100i in the case. I suggest using the H80i or a taller case if you must have H100i with it to prevent headaches. The board is perfect if you want to have an m.s ssd and a dual sli config with a 4x PCI-E ssd card in the bottom slot.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
MSI Z97A GAMING 9 ACK 5/2/2015 1:41:16 AM

Pros: Great about of USB 3.0's. Love the user friendly bios and also looks great.

Cons: Nothing

Overall Review: This Motherboard will not disappoint!!

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Hard to Tease Out Hardware Issues from Software Issues 4/30/2015 1:44:43 PM

Pros: *Onboard LED display with post codes and CPU temperature.
*Bios update worked without issue, switchable dual bios is a plus.
*Built in wiFi and Bluetooth with an externally mounted module.
*Future proof with USB 3.1 controller included, I regret I have no devices to test it with yet.

Cons: Nvidia SLI Issues:
*DO NOT USE THE THIRD PCIe SLOT, it is a 4x slot, there is an 8x minimum for SLI. Use the first two slots, yes the GFX cards will be smooched together.
*Running two cards decreases bandwidth to 8x on both, a single card is 16x
*Despite what NVIDIA says, SLI still doesn't fully work in Linux

CrossFire Issues:
I do not have any AMD cards to test, but supposedly crossfire works with 4x slots and therefore all three PCIe slots can be used for this purpose.

HDD Issues:
*The 3rd party HDD controller (SATA Ports 7-8) prevented the installation of Linux (I tried Arch, Manjaro, Ubuntu) when attached to an optical drive. This worked in windows though. To get it to work fully in Linux, I disabled this controller entirely.
*If your going to use RAID, enable it in the BIOS before installing the OS. If it is in AHCI mode (the default setting) changing this to RAID you will have to re-install the OS.

Other Issues:
*The onboard audio is realtek, the Creative sound driver advertised by MSI is pure software. This board DOES NOT have a Creative sound card built in.

Overall Review: Though not a deficiency of this board specifically: RAID is just as bad to install now as it was 10 years ago (at least you don't have to use a floppy disk anymore), this quasi-hardware, driver based RAID is still pathetic; though some people would disagree with me I recommend this: do not use RAID, buy SSDs instead, the performance gain from striped RAID is not on par with the performance gained by a good SSD. If you have to use RAID, use software RAID, its more manageable anyways. If you want to boot from it, good luck, particularly in an UEFI environment. Having said that, I did successfully use the quasi-hardware RAID to establish a NTFS volume that works in Windows and Linux (both Windows and Linux are on SSDs).

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
4/9/2015 7:19:21 AM

Pros: Trust me when I tell you this is the motherboard you want.I literally ordered this motherboard the day it came out on newegg I was going with the Gaming 7 since they didnt have a 9 anywhere by my luck that was the day MSI came out with this beast of a motherboard.I've been wanting to say my thoughts about it for over a week now but I've been having to much fun destroying games thanks to the overclocking settings.Not only does it overclock like crazy,the lighting is amazing and the features are everything you need to future proof your machine.BUY THIS MOTHERBOARD!!!!! .Dont be a band wagner and think ASUS is the best this is MSI'S answer to the MAXIMUS and it literally destroys it.Easiest setupever,Bluetooth,Wifi,Automatic drivers for wireless devices.

Cons: YOU STUPID........THERE ARE NONE.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
MOBO 4/1/2015 9:48:34 PM

Pros: So easy to install, I am completely new to assembling a computer. This was my first build. So when I say this was really easy to put in, I mean it. All I did was follow the instruction book and I nailed it. The performance of this thing is great. I have never had anything to compare it against though as far as gaming MOBOs go. It looks awesome. I really like the built in WiFi and Bluetooth. That is the main reason I bought it aside from being able to handle the other parts I was buying.

Cons: None for me

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