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MSI - Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

( 4.7 Average / 110 Ratings )




Part #



Black / Red

Form Factor


CPU Socket



Intel Z97

Memory Slots

4 x 240-pin DIMM

Memory Type

DDR3-1066 / 1333 / 1600 / 1866 / 2000 / 2133 / 2200 / 2400 / 2600 / 2666 / 2800 / 3000 / 3100 / 3200 / 3300

Maximum Supported Memory

32 GB

RAID Support


Onboard Video

Depends on CPU

CrossFire Support


SLI Support


SATA 6 Gb/s


Onboard Ethernet

1 x 1000 Mbit/s

Onboard USB 3.0 Header(s)


Completed Builds Using This Part

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Price History (Excluding Tax) History:


anerickso 29 points 50 months ago
from completed build Melange

This has been great at everything except sound. I had my speakers plugged into the back audio panel and they were very low. I read some other reviewers who had similar issues. I could not solve the problem so I just decided to get a sound card. Now the sound is phenomenal, so I guess it really was the board. I updated all my drivers and messed with a number of different options, nothing worked. It could be the board in general, or my particular board. I am glad though that I was pushed to buy a sound card. The very inexpensive ASUS Xonar DGX is great.

mjaj 23 points 50 months ago

Got this in combo with my CPU and RAM. Board looks nice. All black with some red highlights. Recognized all my parts right away. Layout of the board is nice. The fan headers are in ideal locations for easy reach. The only thing is Ethernet does not work out of the box, drivers need to be installed first. Packaging is very nice and feels very premium. Includes numbers of accessories, even has padding on the I/O plate.

someta 20 points 49 months ago
from completed build Baby

Stable, nice overclocking, easy-to-use BIOS.

f1aminfury 7 points 49 months ago
from completed build 1st rig !

beautiful and software is cool. wish it had a oc genie button.

Libertysheep 7 points 49 months ago
from completed build My first ever build

Zero problems, would recommend!

Prizem 36 points 49 months ago
from completed build Dark Rainbow

Lots of good options to play with. BIOS is so easy to use. Newegg nicely had it all up to date before shipping. Board is nicely organized, and instructions are easy to follow. Has room to expand your options and simply OC.

AncientArchon 21 points 48 months ago
from completed build Obsidian Dragon

2 words... Bad ***! Cant beat the price/performance. The looks are what make it a home run!

CaptainFishSticks 27 points 48 months ago
from completed build Project: LANCER

Had this alongside Micro Center's Intel Core i5 bundle deal, where I buy an Intel processor bundled with a Motherboard of my choice. Honestly, this was the most logical for what I needed -- and what I needed were more USB slots, for all of my peripherals. Performance on the Motherboard is also stellar, and the overclocking capabilities are amazing.

DeadWithoutWifi 33 points 47 months ago

This MOBO has plenty of usb ports, looks awsome, and does the job well

Klifster 36 points 47 months ago
from completed build Machination

Since I'm quite an audiophile, the on-board chip for the Sound Blaster Cinema 2 is much appreciated. OC Genie is also very easy to use whether you're a beginner or already a pro. Dedicated USB ports for keyboards and mice added to its value, though I haven't felt much 'faster response' for my keyboard.