MSI Z97A GAMING 7 Review & Specs

MSI Z97A GAMING 7 ATX DDR3 1066 LGA 1150

MSI Z97A GAMING 7 ATX DDR3 1066 LGA 1150

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  • LGA1150
  • Chipset: Intel Z97 Express
  • Memory: 4x DDR3-3300(OC)/ 3200/ 3100/ 3000/ 2800/ 2666/ 2600/ 2400/ 2200/ 2133/ 2000/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 32GB
  • Slots: 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots, 4x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots
  • Multi-Graphics: Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX and NVIDIA 2-Way SLI Technology
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.1 Ports, 8x USB 3.0 Ports (6 rear, 2 via header), 6x USB 2.0 Ports (2 rear, 4 via headers), 1x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo Port, 1x DisplayPort, 2x HDMI Ports, 1x Optical S/PDIF Out, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks
  • Form Factor: ATX, 12.0 x 9.6 inch / 30.5 x 24.4 cm

Specifications Overview

Model Z97A GAMING 7
Socket LGA1150
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2600Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3100Mhz 3200Mhz 3300Mhz
* High clock speeds may require enabling the XMP profile in the motherboard BIOS
** RAM support may also depend on the CPU memory controller
ECC RAM Support
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels 7.1 Channels
LAN Chipset Killer E2205
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Wireless LAN
PCI-Express x16 Slots 3
PCI-Express x4 Slots 0
PCI-Express x1 Slots 4
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 8
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 1
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 32GB
Onboard USB 2.0 2
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 1 1
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 2 0


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)
- 1 x M.2 Key M Socket supports type 2280/2260/2242 storage devices in both PCIE Gen2 x2 & SATA mode*
- 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 ASM1142 chipset
- 2 x USB 3.1 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
- 6 x USB 3.0 ports
- 2 x USB 3.1 ports
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
- 6 x OFC audio jacks
- 2 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz, 2560x1600@60Hz
- 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096X2304@24Hz/ 2560X1600@60Hz/ 3840X2160@60Hz/1920X1200@60Hz



This 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)


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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