H97 GAMING 3

RE-ARM YOURSELF

  • Supports 4th and 5th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-1600 Memory
  • M.2 + USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Audio Boost 2: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • USB Audio Power: Surve 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: 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 (CrossFire certified)
  • Take control with Command Center & Live Update 6
  • Video
  • Video
  • Video

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.

Audio Boost 2
 

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.

Isolated Audio PCB
 

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.

Direct Audio Power
 

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.

Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2

EMI Shielding

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
 

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
 

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
High Quality Audio Capacitors
 
High Quality Audio Capacitors
 
Golden Audio Connectors

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
Golden Audio Connectors
 

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
MSI® USB Audio Power (5V)
Traditional solutions (4.6V)
MSI USB Audio Power vs traditional solutions
Rear I/O USB
ATX Power
(5V)
(12V)
USB Audio Power
USB Audio Power

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.

EXAMPLE: Top 3 applications by Total Traffic
Battlefield 4 (89%)
Internet Explorer (9%)
Origin (2%)
Game
traffic
Network
traffic
Other
traffic

Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping. This enables true multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day.

 

Push your SSD to the limit

Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI GAMING 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. All latest generation Intel® based MSI GAMING motherboards feature M.2 storage.

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 an M.2 to SATA Express converter for more convenience.

Data transfer speed
6 Gb/s
10 Gb/s
10 Gb/s
SATA3
M.2
SATA EXPRESS
M.2 to SATA Express
(Optional)
M.2 to SATA-Express

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

XSplit Gamecaster 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.

Streaming

Use XSplit Gamecaster to stream all of your gaming activities

Webcam & chroma key

Add a webcam and show your game face

Share your broadcast

Share your broadcast and conquer the world

Realtime notes

Draw attention whilst casting with in-game annotations

Record & upload

Organize and upload your greatest gaming moments

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

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.

Super Ferrite Chokes

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

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.

Short Circuit Protection

Circuit Protection

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

Guard-Pro
ECO Power

ECO Power

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

Humidity Protection

Humidity Protection

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

High Temperature Protection

High Temperature Protection

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

ESD Protection

ESD Protection

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

EMI Protection

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.

Focus on quality
Gaming Device Port

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.

Performance boost modes
Laggers
OC Genie
120%
* Features may vary according to your platform and model
OC Genie 4
GAMING App

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.

 

GAMING APP screenshot

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.

Click BIOS 4

Optimized for multiple graphics cards

Get up to 2 PCI-Express 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 the AMD CrossFire™ gaming setup.

Software

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
 

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.
Smart Fan Control

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.

Dragon Heatsink

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
Gaming Device Port
D-Sub
Coaxial S/PDIF-Out / Optical S/PDIF-Out
Killer LAN
Audio Boost 2 with dedicated headphone out
DVI
HDMI
DisplayPort
USB 3.0 ports
USB Audio Power
Connectivity

Package content

What’s in the box? Check it out for yourself! Besides a plethora of necessary cables and connectors you also get a cool Do-Not-Disturb door-hanger, a slick MSI GAMING case badge, a set of cable labels and the stylish all black M-shield.

Front side of I/O panel

  • I/O Panel Ports Label
  • Dark coating

Back side of I/O panel

  • Force Absorbing Layer (NEW)
  • Aluminium Interference Shielding
  • Steel Shielding
Case badge Case badge
Door hanger Door hanger
Cable labels Cable labels
 

 

 

  1. 1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific specification with your local dealers.
  2. 2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

 

  • Socket
    1150
  • CPU (Max Support)
    i7
  • Baseclock/Hyper Transport
    100MHz
  • Chipset
    Intel® H97 Express Chipset
  • DDR3 Memory
    DDR3 1066/1333/1600 MHz
  • Memory Channel
    Dual
  • DIMM Slots
    4
  • Max Memory (GB)
    32
  • PCI-Ex16
    2
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3 (16)
  • PCI-Ex1
    2
  • PCI
    3
  • SATAIII
    6
  • M.2 port
    1
  • RAID
    0/1/5/10
  • TPM (header)
    1
  • LAN
    10/100/1000*1
  • USB 3.0 ports (Front)
    2
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
    4
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front)
    4
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
    2
  • Audio ports (Rear)
    6
  • DisplayPort
    1
  • VGA
    1
  • HDMI
    1
  • DVI
    1
  • VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
    512
  • DirectX
    11
  • Form Factor
    ATX
  • CrossFire
    Y

 

  1. 1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific specification with your local dealers.
  2. 2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

 


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® H97 Express Chipset
 


Main Memory

• Support four DDR3 1066/1333/1600 MHz DRAM, 32GB Max
- Dual channel memory architecture
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
- Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
 


Slots

• 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (PCI_E2, supports x16 speed)
• 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (PCI_E4, supports x4 speed)*
• 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
• 3 x PCI slots
* The PCIe x1 slots (PCI_E1, PCI_E3) will be unavailable when installing an expansion card in the PCI_E4 slot.

 


On-Board SATA

 

• Intel H97 Express Chipset
- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA1~6)
- 1 x M.2 port*
- 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****

* 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 H97 Express Chipset
- 6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
- 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
 


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 2-Way AMD CrossFire™ 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
-6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
-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 Clear CMOS jumper
-1 x Front panel audio connector
-2 x System panel connectors
-1 x TPM module connector
-1 x Serial port connector
-1 x Parallel port connector
-1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
-1 x Direct audio power connector
-1 x Audio power switch

 

 
Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
- 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports
- 1 x VGA port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
- 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
- 1 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 
- 6 x OFC audio jacks
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector



This platform supports dual-display function and triple-display function

 
VGA + DVI-D /
VGA + HDMI /
DVI-D + HDMI /
DVI-D + DisplayPort /
HDMI + DisplayPort
VGA + DVI-D + HDMI /
DVI-D + 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.
 

 

 

 

  1. 1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific specification with your local dealers.
  2. 2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.

 

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