MSI Z97A GAMING 7 motherboard LGA 1150 (Socket H3) ATX Intel® Z97

MSISKU: Z97A GAMING 7

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- Supports 4th and 5th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket;
- Supports DDR3-3300(OC) Memory;
- USB 3.1: Delivering speeds up to 10Gb/s, USB 3.1 offers performance twice as fast as a regular USB 3.0 connection;
- M.2 + USB 3.1 + SATA 6Gb/s
- Audio Boost 2: Reward Your Ears with True Quality;
- Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag;
- USB Audio Power: Serve Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB;
- XSplit Gamecaster: Show off Your Skills and Achievements;
- Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency;
- OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second;
- Gaming App: Boost Your Frame Rate;
- Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System;
- Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support;
- Sound Blaster Cinema 2: Realistic Surround Sound Experience;
- Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices.

Let the games begin
MSI® GAMING motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

The best gaming weapons at hand
- Amazing sound with Audio Boost 2, powered by Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2;
- USB Audio Power;
- The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer™ E2200 Game Networking;
- Push your SSD to the limit with M.2 & SATA Express;
- Show off your gaming skills to the world with XSplit Gamecaster;
- SteamOS ready out of the box;
- Military Class 4 components;
- Super stable with Guard-Pro;
- Specialized production lines just for GAMING motherboards;
- OC Genie 4;
- Gaming Device Port;
- Boost your FPS with the MSI GAMING APP;
- Click BIOS 4 (click here to visit our dedicated BIOS page);
- Optimized for multiple graphics cards (SLI & CrossFire certified);
- Take control with Command Center & Live Update 6;
- OC Essentials.

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. USB 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.

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.

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 isolating the audio circuitry which is separated by a red LED path. Less interference gives you a more clear audio signal.

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.

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 environments. Hear your enemies perfectly, make your ears a decisive tool to finish on top.

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.

Dual Headhpone Amplifiers
Prepare for an eargasm. The built-in dual headphone amplifier rewards your high quality headphone with the most amazing studio level sound quality up to 600Ω delivered from your gaming PC.

Tired of having to connect your headset in difficult to reach places? MSI GAMING motherboards are designed to be easy to use, featuring front & rear audio outputs fueled by Audio Boost 2.
Dual Headhpone Amplifiers

High Quality Audio Capacitors
With the use of professional Nichicon Japanese capacitors, specially designed for audio purposes, MSI GAMING motherboards provide the highest possible audio signal filtering. Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism.

- Acoustic series;
- Lower Tolerance;
- Lower Dielectric Absorption;
- Lower ESR;
- Lower Leakage Current;
- Higher Stability;

Golden Audio Connectors
With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with less chance of distortion.

- Up to 600Ω crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics;
- Dedicated amplified output (red) optimized for studio-grade headgear;
- Superb signal conductivity and will not wear over time.

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 motherboard 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.

Benefits
- Enhances USB Audio Quality;
- Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB.


Killer™ E2200 Game Networking
Kill your lag!
The Killer™ E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect™, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.

Push your SSD to the limit
Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with selected MSI motherboards. We offer the next generation of high speed storage support through M.2 and SATA Express. M.2 and SATA Express transfer data through a PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface up to 10 Gb/s, making it 67% faster than SATA 3.0 solutions.

Faster storage solutions with M.2
M.2 is the successor to mSATA, offering a 67% performance increase up to 10 Gb/s. M.2 is packed in a small form factor and is compatible with 3 different sizes to fit most storage solutions.

Flexible fast storage with SATA Express
SATA Express introduces a new solution in high speed storage through PCI Express, providing more bandwidth for the latest generation SSDs. We offer flexible solutions with a M.2 to SATA Express converter for more convenience.

Want to show off your skills or just make a fun GAMING video for your friends?
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.

So what are you waiting for? Join the revolution and start streaming and recording with XSplit Gamecaster today.

SteamOS support out of the box
MSI is committed to PC Gaming and that is why MSI GAMING motherboards support SteamOS by default. Because of this, MSI works close with numerous tier #1 system integrators that released their popular SteamBOX PC's.

Military Class 4 components
Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Super Ferrite Choke and Dark CAP will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.

Hi-c CAP
A Hi-c CAP is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAP`s MSI mainboards are the most energy efficient in the market.

Super Ferrite Choke
Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

Dark CAP
With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP`s has been a staple in high-end design mainboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

Circuit Protection
Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers and shielding result in the best circuit protection for our GAMING motherboards.

ECO Power
With MSI ECO Center you can physically cut the power to unused chips to save up to 29% power usage.

Humidity Protection
10% Reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent "Conductive Anodic Filament". Untreated PCB's can have 10x higher failure rate.

High Temperature Protection
All key components used in MSI motherboards have all passed military testing ensuring stable operation in the harshest environments.

ESD Protection
Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.

EMI Protection
All MSI motherboards comply with stringent American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference.

Focus on quality
We put extra effort in increasing customer satisfaction. Our RMA rate has drastically decreased in the last few years.
To achieve the highest quality the MSI GAMING motherboards are developed by our most senior engineers on the most advanced production lines.

We are continuously improving our customer services, so in case you might run into a problem you can be assured we offer a fast response to your questions and hand you in depth information on the subject.

Gaming Device Port
MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize it's speed. This results in a much faster and smoother mouse response in games.

Gaming benefits
- More responsive;
- Smoother gameplay;
- Faster reactions.

Technical benefits
- 3x more gold than regular connectors;
- 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging;
- Prevents oxidation.

OC Genie 4
OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this one-second overclocking option we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot. Delivering up to 20% of free extra performance for the CPU, memory and iGPU.

BOOST YOUR FRAME RATE
Outperform your competition with the MSI GAMING APP which allows simultaneous control of both your Motherboard and Graphics Card's overclocking.

Simply select your preferred mode with the click of a button:
- Silent;
- Gaming;
- OC.

This allows you to tune the system to your pleasure without any technical knowledge of overclocking.

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.

Optimized for multiple graphics cards
Get up to 3 PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, with optimal placement for better fitting and airflow. That way, you can enjoy the best graphics at the highest framerate jumping off from your screen when running a NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD CrossFire™ gaming setup.

Software

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.

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.

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.

Super charger
With MSI Super Charger you can simply deliver more power than regular USB chargers to your smartphone, tablet, USB game controller or portable console.
This allows you to quickly charge these devices for use when you're not gaming on your PC, eliminating the need for wall power sockets.

USB Redrivers
USB 3.0 signal integrity suffers with longer cable length. The special USB 3.0 Redrivers on GAMING motherboards, connected to the internal USB 3.0 ports, enable you to use longer USB 3.0 cables, especially in larger chassis.

Smart Fan Control
Smart Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans on the motherboard, convenient for gamers and overclockers;

- Users can real-time monitor the status of the fans;
- Set profiles;
- Record fan speed, voltage and temperate status into a log file.

Dragon Heatsink
With an awesome product comes an inspiring heatsink! Styled after the iconic MSI GAMING Dragon. The heatsink is oversized to provide the best thermal transfer and heat dissipation to enable your PC to just game 24 hours per day.

OC Essentials
A small set of tools that are essential to get the best performance out of your motherboard.

- Increase stability;
- Assist in trouble shooting;
- Allow you to keep your complete system in check;
- Allow for simple management.

This way you can keep your mind on gaming and be confident that you have the tools to maximize your performance.

Connectivity
Be sure to take full advantage of all the GAMING weapons by connecting your devices to the optimized ports.

Audio Boost 2
- 30µg Gold plated Audio Connectors;
- Amplified Audio.

USB Audio Power
- Optimized stable 5V USB ports;
- Best sound quality for external DACs.

Gaming Device Port
- Optimized for high-rate gaming keyboards and mice;
- Triple gold plating for extended lifetime.

Triple gold plated PS/2 and USB ports
- 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging;
- Prevents oxydation.
Technical details
Number of displays supported 3
Motherboard chipset family Intel
Motherboard chipset Intel® Z97
Supported processor sockets LGA 1150 (Socket H3)
Serial port headers 1
Parallel processing technology support 2-Way SLI,3-Way CrossFireX
Motherboard form factor ATX
Component for PC
Audio
Audio output channels 7.1 channels
Performance
Windows operating systems supported Windows 7 Enterprise,Windows 7 Enterprise x64,Windows 7 Home Basic,Windows 7 Home Basic x64,Windows 7 Home Premium,Windows 7 Home Premium x64,Windows 7 Professional,Windows 7 Professional x64,Windows 7 Starter,Windows 7 Starter x64,Windows 7 Ultimate,Windows 7 Ultimate x64,Windows 8,Windows 8 Enterprise,Windows 8 Enterprise x64,Windows 8 Pro,Windows 8 Pro x64,Windows 8 x64,Windows 8.1,Windows 8.1 Enterprise,Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64,Windows 8.1 Pro,Windows 8.1 Pro x64,Windows 8.1 x64
Motherboard chipset family Intel
Motherboard chipset Intel® Z97
RAID levels 0,1,5,10
Supported processor sockets LGA 1150 (Socket H3)
Audio output channels 7.1 channels
Motherboard form factor ATX
Component for PC
Processor
Processor manufacturer Intel
Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9 series i3-4xxx,i3-5xxx,i5-4xxx,i5-5xxx,i7-4xxx,i7-5xxx
Compatible processor series Intel® Core™ i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7
Supported processor sockets LGA 1150 (Socket H3)
Maximum number of SMP processors 1
Processor socket LGA 1150 (Socket H3)
Memory
Number of memory slots 4
Memory slots type DIMM
Supported memory types DDR3-SDRAM
Memory channels Dual-channel
Non-ECC Yes
Supported memory clock speeds 1066,1333,1600,1866,2000,2133,2400,2600,2666,2800,3000,3100,3200,3300 MHz
Maximum internal memory 32 GB
Unbuffered memory Yes
Storage controllers
Supported storage drive interfaces M.2,Serial ATA III
RAID levels 0,1,5,10
Graphics
Number of displays supported 3
Parallel processing technology support 2-Way SLI,3-Way CrossFireX
Maximum resolution 4096 x 2304 pixels
Discrete graphics support Yes
Internal I/O
Supported storage drive interfaces M.2,Serial ATA III
USB 2.0 connectors 2
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (3.1 Gen 1) connectors 1
TPM connector Yes
Serial port headers 1
Power fan connector Yes
Peripheral (Molex) power connectors (4-pin) 3
Number of SATA III connectors 8
Number of chassis fan connectors 1
Front panel audio connector Yes
EPS power connector (8-pin) Yes
CPU fan connector Yes
Chassis intrusion connector Yes
ATX Power connector (24-pin) Yes
Rear panel I/O ports
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity 6
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity 2
USB 2.0 ports quantity 2
S/PDIF out port Yes
PS/2 ports quantity 1
HDMI ports quantity 2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports 1
DisplayPorts quantity 1
Digital audio optical out 1
Network
Ethernet LAN Yes
Ethernet interface type Gigabit Ethernet
Features
Power source type ATX
Windows operating systems supported Windows 7 Enterprise,Windows 7 Enterprise x64,Windows 7 Home Basic,Windows 7 Home Basic x64,Windows 7 Home Premium,Windows 7 Home Premium x64,Windows 7 Professional,Windows 7 Professional x64,Windows 7 Starter,Windows 7 Starter x64,Windows 7 Ultimate,Windows 7 Ultimate x64,Windows 8,Windows 8 Enterprise,Windows 8 Enterprise x64,Windows 8 Pro,Windows 8 Pro x64,Windows 8 x64,Windows 8.1,Windows 8.1 Enterprise,Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64,Windows 8.1 Pro,Windows 8.1 Pro x64,Windows 8.1 x64
Motherboard chipset family Intel
Motherboard chipset Intel® Z97
Supported processor sockets LGA 1150 (Socket H3)
Audio output channels 7.1 channels
Motherboard form factor ATX
Component for PC
Audio chip Realtek ALC1150
Expansion slots
PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.x) slots 4
PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots 3
BIOS
BIOS type UEFI
Clear CMOS jumper Yes
BIOS switch button Yes
Clear CMOS button Yes
Power
Power source type ATX
Video
Maximum resolution 4096 x 2304 pixels
Discrete graphics support Yes
Software
Windows operating systems supported Windows 7 Enterprise,Windows 7 Enterprise x64,Windows 7 Home Basic,Windows 7 Home Basic x64,Windows 7 Home Premium,Windows 7 Home Premium x64,Windows 7 Professional,Windows 7 Professional x64,Windows 7 Starter,Windows 7 Starter x64,Windows 7 Ultimate,Windows 7 Ultimate x64,Windows 8,Windows 8 Enterprise,Windows 8 Enterprise x64,Windows 8 Pro,Windows 8 Pro x64,Windows 8 x64,Windows 8.1,Windows 8.1 Enterprise,Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64,Windows 8.1 Pro,Windows 8.1 Pro x64,Windows 8.1 x64
Weight & dimensions
Width 305 mm
Depth 244 mm
Other features
BIOS switch button Yes

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