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First, the two USB 3. This was done to provide SATA installation support even MSI Z97M GAMING ASMedia SATA video cards are installed. As is the new standard in the Z97 mainboards, there is an M. Directly below the SATA ports is a two-digit readout LED on the lower right hand corner that produces troubleshooting codes when necessary. When the system has completely booted, the CPU temperature is displayed instead.

This feature is useful if your primary BIOS chip becomes corrupted. You simply power down the system, switch to the secondary BIOS chip, and reboot into system setup.

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The heat sink is black colored with red highlights, featuring a glowing MSI logo and the Gaming Series shield on it surface. The six right most ports are controlled by the Intel Z97 chipset controller with the two on the left controlled by the on-board ASMedia controller. The Slow Mode Booting switch is used in conjunction with LN2-based cooling to force the board to boot MSI Z97M GAMING ASMedia SATA a slower and more stable CPU speed for testing. Dual Channel memory mode is enabled by seating memory modules in alternating memory slots slots 1 and 3 or slots 2 and 4. The board supports up to 32GB of memory running at a maximum speed of MHz.

Note that memory speeds above MHz are considered overclocked speeds and are outside MSI Z97M GAMING ASMedia SATA the official Intel stock memory speed specifications. To the lower right of the DIMM slots is a system fan header. The diagnostic LED display can be used in conjunction with the table provided in the user manual to identify and troubleshoot board boot-related issues. If you're unfamiliar with this particular sub-genre, here's the lowdown. Gaming-specific boards typically involve subtle tweaks to the tried-and-true enthusiast formula. They usually have different audio and networking components, plus bundled software and other extras, but they're otherwise similar to ostensibly non-gaming models.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming. MSI's gaming motherboard family has grown to span multiple price points, CPU sockets, and form factors.

It just welcomed a bunch of new members based on Intel's 9 Series chipsetincluding eight that use the enthusiast-oriented Z97 variant. One of the most interesting is the Z97 Gaming 7. The Z97 Gaming 7 also has the requisite black-and-red color scheme that's become the de facto standard for gaming boards. This is really a blacked-out board MSI Z97M GAMING ASMedia SATA subtle hints of red here and there. The matte PCB surface is especially nice, and the landscape is largely free of excessive lettering and other silk-screened graphics. The splashes of color on the heatsinks are the only real deviations from the MSI Z97M GAMING ASMedia SATA. Unfortunately, the color matching is a little off. And there's a dragon. Because gaming, or something. There aren't too many of those, which keeps the aesthetic pretty subdued overall. As much as I appreciate the continuity, the socket area isn't the best place for pointy bits of metal.

SATA ports 5 & 6 do not recognize hardware on MSI Z97 Gaming 5. - Motherboards

The heatsinks already crowd the area around one of the retention holes, and their little claws represent another obstacle that must be negotiated when installing the CPU cooler. The VRM heatsinks may threaten to take a chunk out of your knuckles, but they're only MSI Z97M GAMING ASMedia SATA an inch tall, so they shouldn't interfere with larger aftermarket coolers. As is usually the case with Intel boards, the most likely source of cooler conflict is the array of DIMM slots next to the socket. Standard-height modules shouldn't be an issue, but taller DIMMs can bump into some heatsinks.


Since we can't confirm compatibility with every hardware combo, we've included some detailed socket-area measurements later in the review. Gamers are the most likely to multi-card graphics configs, so it's only fitting that the Z97 Gaming 7 has robust support for such configurations. Improved Asmedia SATA device compatibility.

- Support 5 th-Generation Intel Core Processors. Version. Release Date.

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC: Jack of All Trades

File Size. MB. Intel Z97 Express Motherboards Z97M GAMING PCI-E Gen; PCI-E x1; SATAIII; M.2 Slot; RAID; TPM (header); LAN; USB ports (Front); USB ports (Rear).

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