MSI Z97 GAMING 7 Motherboard Review


[section_title title=”Specifications”]Specifications


CPU • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors, and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® Processors for Socket LGA1150
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.
Chipset • Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
Main Memory• Support four DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*/3100*/3200*/3300*(*OC) MHz DRAM, 32GB Max
– Dual channel memory architecture
– Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
– Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
Slots• 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, (support x16, x8/x8, x8/x4/x4 modes)
• 4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
On-Board SATA

  • Intel Z97 Express Chipset
    – 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA1~6)
    – 1x M.2 port*
    – M.2 port supports M.2 SATA 6Gb/s module
    – M.2 port supports M.2 PCIe module up to 10Gb/s speed**
    – M.2 port supports 4.2cm/ 6cm/ 8cm length module
    – Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10***
    – Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology and Intel® Smart Connect Technology****


• ASMedia ASM1061 Chipset
– 2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA7~8)
* The SATA5 and SATA6 ports will be unavailable when installing a module in the M.2 port.
** M.2 PCIe interface only supports UEFI option ROM, NOT support legacy option ROM.
*** M.2 PCIe interface does not support RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10.
**** Supports Intel Core processors on Windows 7 and Windows 8/ 8.1


USB• Intel Z97 Express Chipset
– 4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB 3.0 connectors)
– 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors*)• ASMedia ASM1074 Chipset
– 4 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel 
• ASMedia ASM1042 chipset
– 2 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
* Internal JUSB1 connector supports MSI Super Charger.
Audio• Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
– 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
– Supports S/PDIF output
LAN • 1x Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller*
* The Killer Network Manager is only available for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 currently. The supported drivers for other operating systems would be available on the website if provided by vendor.
Multi-GPU • Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFire™ Technology*
• Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
* Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.
Internal I/O Connectors
– 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector- 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector- 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors- 1 x M.2 port- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)- 1 x USB 3.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports)- 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors- 3 x 4-pin system fan connectors- 1 x TPM module connector- 1 x Serial port connector- 1 x Front panel audio connector- 1 x Direct audio power connector- 2 x System panel connectors- 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper- 9 x V-Check connectors- 1 x Power button- 1 x Reset button- 1 x OC Genie button- 1 x Multi-BIOS switch- 1 x Audio power switch- 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED
Back Panel I/O Ports– 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
– 1 x Clear CMOS button
– 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
– 2 x USB 2.0 ports
– 8 x USB 3.0 ports
– 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
– 6 x OFC audio jacks
– 2 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096X2304@24Hz/ 2560X1600@60Hz/ 3840X2160@60Hz/1920X1200@60Hz
– 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096X2304@24Hz/ 2560X1600@60Hz/ 3840X2160@60Hz/1920X1200@60HzThis platform supports dual-display function and triple-display function

HDMI+DisplayPort HDMI+DisplayPort HDMI+HDMI+DisplayPort
Extend mode
(Extend the desktop to the second
and third monitor)
Clone mode
(Monitors have the same screen)
• The motherboard BIOS provides “Plug & Play” BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.
• 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) ATX Form Factor
Mounting• 9 mounting holes.


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