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Long gone are the days when an ATX motherboard was required to build a full featured PC. Now features like sound, network, and a host of other features can be found on every consumer motherboard on the market. Thanks to these advances, previously seldom used form factors, like mATX and ITX are now far more common. Sure the ATX still reigns supreme, but you don’t need a massive case to have a really great PC anymore.
MSI is offering a lot of different options for those looking for a Z97 chipset-based motherboard. First they have the classis, gaming and overclocking series; now they have added the Eco series and some Krait edition motherboards. Hence, the gaming series is perhaps the more popular option for builders and gamers today with it having a black and red theme board and with it built for specifically for gaming. Today, we will be looking at one of the gaming series boards, the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard.
The X99 OC Formula supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors. There is 4 way AMD CrossFire and Nvidia SLI support. On the networking side, Intel Gigabit LAN + Qualcomm Atheros Gigabit LAN provide connection. Purity Sounds 2 via a Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio controller with Built-in rear audio amplifier supplies your audio needs. ASRock’s Super Alloy construction features an XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink, premium 60A power choke, premium memory choke, , Ultra Dual-N MOSFET (UDM), NexFET™ MOSFET, Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps, Sapphire Black PCB.
The GA-X99-UD5 WiFi supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors. There is up to 4-way AMD CrossFire and Nvidia SLI support. A precise digital CPU power design helps sqeeze out those Mhz from your CPU. A SATA Express offer support for 10 Gb/s data transfers. On the networking side, dual Intel network adaptors get the job done. Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in rear audio amplifier supplies your audio needs. A 2x copper PCB design, long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps, a new heatsink design, and 8 onboard fan connectors round out the hardware features.
With the release of the Z97 and X99 chipsets, Gigabyte has decided to cosmetically overhaul the G1 Gaming line. Gone is the familiar green of old, for it has been replaced with a new red color scheme and a new logo as well. Gigabyte has also saw fit to dramatically increase the number of models, from the previous 6 with the Z87 chipset to 10 with the new Z97 chipset. Today we will be taking a look at one of the lesser priced models, Z97MX-Gaming 5. Based around the mATX, it may be smaller than its ATX counterparts, but certainly does not lack their features.
For the last couple of generations of motherboards, specialty designs have become ever increasingly popular. Many manufacturers have created overclocking and gaming specific designs. Biostar decided to go a different route and design a motherboard that forgo most of the other specialty board features and focus on mainly on the audio. Soon the Hi-Fi Z77X was born. Now, two generations later, the legacy continues with the Hi-Fi Z97WE.
It has been a while since Intel released the 9 series chipset on the LGA 1150 platform. We have reviewed a couple of Z97 motherboard in the site already. Today, MSI have sent us one of their Z97 motherboards to play with under the Classic series, the Z97S SLI PLUS ATX motherboard. This particular motherboard uses the classic MSI color theme of blue and black. It is also the top of the tier in the classic series having the best specifications. Let's check it out and compare it with the previous motherboards we have reviewed so far.