MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard Review

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[section_title title=”Specifications”]Specifciations


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)
• 3 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
– 4x USB 3.0 ports available through the internal USB connectors
– 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors*)• ASMedia ASM1074 Chipset
– 6 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

• CMedia CM6631A (for JAUD1)
– USB 2.0 High speed audio
 
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.

Wireless LAN 
• Wi-Fi/Bluetooth expansion module with Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 chip.
– Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4GHz, 5GHz) up to 867 Mbps speed.
– Supports Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)

Bluetooth 

• Wi-Fi/Bluetooth expansion module with Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 chip.
Supports Bluetooth v4.0 (includes BLE* and Bluetooth 3.0+HS)
* BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy

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)
– 2 x USB 3.0 connectors (supports additional 4 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 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 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module connector
– 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
– 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@24Hz, 2560×1600@60Hz
– 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096X2304@24Hz/ 2560X1600@60Hz/ 3840X2160@60Hz/1920X1200@60HzThis plarform supports dual-display function

  HDMI+DisplayPort
Extend mode
(Extend the desktop to the second
and third monitor)
Clone mode
(Monitors have the same screen)

 

BIOS
• 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.
Dimension
• 12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) ATX Form Factor

Mounting

• 9 mounting holes.

 

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