Z97 MPOWER MAX AC

DOMINATE BENCHMARKS

  • Supports 4th and 5th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3300(OC) Memory
  • M.2 + USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & 3-way AMD CrossFire Support
  • 12 Phase DigitALL Power Design
  • OC Certified: Military Class Burn-in Test Passed
  • Enhanced Thermal Design & Water Cooling Heatsink
  • OC Engine:  For More Flexible BCLK Adjustments
  • V-Check Points 2: 3 multi-meters at the same time
  • VGA Cease Fire: Easy to Disable the VGA Card
  • Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Essentials: The Most Convenient Tools while Breaking the Record
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel® Wireless Display

MSI Z97 MPOWER motherboard

No Limits

The MSI Overclocking motherboards are designed based on four principles:

  • Continuous implementation of professional overclockers' feedback
  • Continue MSI's leading position in power efficiency and stability
  • The best overclocking tools
  • Infuse the DNA of MSI's LIGHTNING graphics cards

Changing the overclocking game

  • Video
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OC CertifiedOC Certified

OC Certified is a military class burn-in test for motherboards. Running Prime95 for over 24 hours with a highly overclocked CPU is already a stressing endeavor, but removing all airflow from the motherboard ensures that only the best motherboards survive. If a motherboard can survive this, it can survive any overclocking situation.

MSI Overclocking motherboards are equipped with all the necessary features to make sure you get the most out of your system. From the Enhanced PWM with a large amount of power phases and Thermal Design that give you the best stability, to all the easy features that ensure that you don't have to perform a lot of tricks to get great stability in your quest for performance.

OC PCB

The OC PCB used for the MSI overclocking motherboards has a completely new design in which 50% more layers are used compared to standard motherboards. This allows us to optimize all traces for overclocking. Power and signal traces are isolated, resulting in higher efficiency and performance and more features can be installed relatively close to each other without causing interference. Every MSI overclocking motherboard is tuned for better stability under extreme circumstances:

  • Increased number of PCB layers
  • Increased humidity resistance
  • Tight weave Fiberglass PCB
  • Increased ESD protection

DigitALL Power PWM

DigitALL Power digitally steers and receives feedback through a DigitALL PWM controller. This allows for pinpoint voltage delivery and lower power consumption.

Thermal design

Besides inspiring visual awe the MPOWER Thermal Design was developed to deliver the highest cooling potential in the worst situation. Because it is optimized to work in low-airflow situations, it is the ideal cooling to use with your liquid cooling setup.

  • MPOWER thermal design
  • SuperPipe
  • Low airflow
  • Optimized design
  • Clear CPU space
  • Metal screws

Extreme OC Socket Design

What is more frustrating than not being able to properly fit your cooling solution on your motherboard? Through feedback from professional overclockers, extensive research, unique design and the use of Military Class 4 components, we were able to create a lot of space around the socket making sure you can fit any cooling solution you want. Having this much space also makes it easier to insulate the motherboard for use with LN2 or other extreme cooling solutions.

8 PCB
layers
OC PCB
 

Water Cooling Heatsink

Featuring a new unique heatsink design, MSI Z97 overclocking motherboards ensure the best cooling performance. Saving water cooling enthusiasts having to buy a waterblock for our motherboards, new generation overclocking models feature a no compromise built-in solution within the heatsink. So whether you choose a traditional air cooling or enthusiast water cooling solution, be sure to expect the lowest temperatures and maximum performance under the most extreme conditions.

Water Cooling Heatsink
 

OC Engine

Run into unstable situations when pushing your CPU to the limit? This occurs because the internal clocks are linked through the 100 MHz BCLK strap. Thanks to a integrated Clock Generator, MSI Z97 Overclocking motherboards support more flexible BCLK adjustments, from 100 / 125 / 167 MHz straps. Using these straps prevents system crashing while overclocking on the edge and opens doors to achieve the absolute maximum.

OC Engine
OC Essentials

OC Essentials

A small set of tools that are essential to get the best performance out of your motherboard. These features increase stability, assist in trouble shooting, allow you to keep your complete system in check and allow for simple management. This way you can keep your mind on overclocking.

Multi-BIOS II
Easy Button 3
Debug LED
V-Check Points 2
Clear CMOS
GO2BIOS

V-Check Points 2

After MOA feedback we enhanced the V-Check Points with 2 extra ground connectors. This way overclockers can use 3 multi-meters at the same time.

Do not use CPU-Z to measure voltages!
The increased switching frequencies and incompatibilities lead to large deviations.

V-Check Points 2
  1. CPU Input Voltage
  2. IMC Voltage
  3. Core0 Voltage
  4. iGPU Voltage
  5. Ring Bus Voltage
  6. System Agent Voltage
  7. Ground
  8. Ground
  9. Ground
 

Push your SSD to the limit

Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI Overclocking 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 Overclocking 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
SATA
M.2
SATA EXPRESS
M.2 to SATA Express
(Optional)
M.2 to SATA Express
Military Class 4

Military Class 4

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-C Cap, Super Ferrite Choke and Solid Caps will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme conditions.

Hi-c CAP

Hi-c CAP

A Hi-c CAP is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAP`s MSI mainboards are the most energy efficient in the market.

Super Ferrite Chokes

Super Ferrite Chokes

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 have been a staple in high-end motherboard design and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

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 Overclocking 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
Circuit Protection

Circuit Protection

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

AMD CrossFire/NVIDIA SLI

Optimized for multiple graphics cards

MSI Overclocking motherboards feature perfectly aligned PCI-Express 3.0 slots with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running a NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD CrossFire™ gaming setup.

CeaseFire Lite

When you are overclocking with LN2 and 4 VGA cards and simply want to benchmark using 3 or less VGA cards you don't have to physically remove one or more cards thanks to CeaseFire Lite, saving you a lot of time. With MSI CeaseFire Lite it is very easy to disable one of the PCI-E x16 slots with a simple switch in the BIOS.

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

Overclocking software

MSI Overclocking motherboards are equipped with advanced overclocking software tools to fine tune even the most in-depth OC settings with ease.

MSI Command Center

MSI 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.

MSI Command Center Lite

MSI Command Center Lite

This lightweight overclocking tool doesn't need installation and doesn't occupy unnecessary system resources lowering system benchmark scores. With a single mouse click you have access to the most important overclocking features.

RAMDisk

RAMDisk

MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk with the retail value of $35. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD. There are options to load complete game images, you can speed up your browser or your page file which increases your whole game system performance.

 

Audio Boost

Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games.

Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability.

The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your PC.

  • Studio level integrated 600Ω headphone amplifier
  • Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • EMI shielded audio codec
  • High quality audio capacitors
  • Illuminated audio PCB separation
Unamplified signal
Dual AMPs
Nippon Chemi-con Filtering Capacitors
Amplified & Filtered signal
Gold plated connectors
Audio Boost

OC Genie 4

We have implemented the revolutionary OC Genie 4 button on the MSI Overclocking motherboards. Just press the OC Genie button, on the motherboard or in Click BIOS 4, to achieve a stable overclock in just one second, giving your system a nice performance boost.

OC Genie 4

CPU Overcurrent Protection

When the MSI Overclocking motherboard detects a failure from hardware such as the CPU, it will shut down, prevent booting and protects other hardware from damage by disconnecting power to it. A red LED let's you know that overcurrent protection is active.

CPU Overcurrent Protection

GO2BIOS

Entering a BIOS can be a frustrating job. Because nowadays motherboards boot Lightning fast, we added the GO2BIOS button. Simply push it before you start or restart your system and you'll go straight to the system BIOS when your motherboard powers on.

GO2BIOS

Intel® Ethernet

Always connected with Intel® Gigabit LAN networking. Optimized for multimedia and gaming use to deliver a stable and fast network connection. Even when using LN2, to make sure you can upload your record-breaking scores.

Intel® Ethernet

Intel® Wi-Fi AC & Bluetooth

The MSI Overclocking motherboards come with an easily unpluggable Intel® Wi-Fi / Bluetooth module which also supports Intel® WiDi (Wireless Display). This way you can easily connect to other wireless devices in your home.

The support of 802.11 AC and Bluetooth 4.0 ensures that you have the fastest available transfer speed. With Intel® WiDi and a WiDi receiver (not included) you can watch movies on your TV without the need for any cables.

867 Mbps
25 Mbps
Comes with 2 antenna
Intel® Wi-Fi AC & Bluetooth

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
& Bluetooth 4.0
Clear CMOS button
USB 3.0 ports
Intel® ethernet
/ USB 3.0 ports
Optical S/PDIF-Out
HDMI port / DisplayPort
USB 3.0 Ports
8 ch. analog audio
with AudioBoost
PS/2 port
USB 2.0 ports
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 OC series 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.
Gold award
2015-03
Russia
Материнская плата подобного уровня всегда привлекает внимание, поскольку является своеобразным лицом компании и олицетворением надежности ее продуктов. По этой причине мы не могли пройти мимо столь интересного девайса, и желаем рассказать о нем здесь и се...
11386
4.5/5 Stelle
2015-03
Italy
Se siete alla ricerca di un solido prodotto anche adatto all'overclock, probabilmente la Z97 MPower fa al caso vostro. Questo modello offre caratteristiche uniche, un design del tutto nuovo e un prezzo in linea alla concorrenza.
11304
GOLD
2014-09
Hungary
Egy OC Genie-s és egy manuális CPU tuningot hajtottunk végre amik a várt eredményeket hozták. A tuningalany szerepét egy Intel Core i7-4790K töltötte be.
10760
Gold
2014-08
France
Pour ceux qui voudraient la conclusion de la MPOWER Max avant de voir le test, le constat sera le même, les deux cartes sont vraiment très proches, que ce soit d'un point de vue physique ou d'un point de vue comportement.
10840
Editor Choice
2014-08
Peru
La MSI Z97 MPOWER AC es una motherboard fantástica para cualquier overclocker, no solo por las herramientas y características, sino también por su estabilidad y solides de cada uno de sus componentes a la hora de ir mas de los limites.
10950
Recommendation
2014-08
Poland
Płyta pozwala bezproblemowo podkręcać procesory do granic ich możliwości, ma dobry układ audio ... kartę sieciową Killer E2200, moduł Wi-Fi 802.11ac – i trzeba przyznać, że nie jest to słabe wyposażenie
10730
Editor's Choice
2014-08
Turkey
MSI Z97 MPower Max AC, kendini satan bir kart. Ürün sayfasına girip de sunduğu özelliklere bakmak bile yeterli. Performans testleri de bunu en iyi şekilde kanıtlıyor. Geriye tek bir nokta kalıyor; bütçeyi ayarlamak.
10504
Overclock
2014-08
Italy
La Z97 MPOWER MAX esce a pieni voti dai nostri test
10556
Excellent
2014-08
Hungary
Kiváló tuningpotenciál, amihez egy kicsit javítottak az UEFI-n is, hogy még jobban kézre álljon.
10599
Best Buy Award
2014-08
Japan
“... Intel designed to withstand large current is obtained in OC Z97 equipped mother. Subesu of CPU around easy mounting large CPU cooler widely. There is a simple mode to OC or BIOS settings button that automatically optimizes the setting of OC, also rec...
9914
Stylish
2014-07
Poland
Z97 MPO­WER MAX AC jest jed­ną z naj­cie­kaw­szych płyt głów­nych ... wzo­ro­wo wy­ko­na­na.
10733
Innovation
2014-07
UK
The amount of features and functionality MSI have managed to cram into their Z97 MPower Max AC is truly remarkable. This motherboard has everything you could possibly want.. Even better is that it has a very reasonable price point when you consider everyt...
10648
4/5 Stelle
2014-07
Italy
La XPower non solo offre 32 fasi di alimentazione digitali ma anche una quantità inimmaginabile di feature
10704
The choice of overclockers
2014-07
Ukraine
Материнская плата MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC является очень функциональным устройством и практически не имеет недостатков.
10613
DDWorld.cz Recommended Award
2014-07
Czech Republic
Čím deska rozhodně zaujme, je funkčnost a OC možnosti. Libí se nám design a funkčnost i návody, které z taktování na této desce dělají skutečně jednoduchou záležitost.
10536
5 caps
2014-06
France
Les matériaux choisis sont de très bonne facture, et les rappels de couleurs la rende très agressive.
10460
Gold
2014-06
France
La Z97 MPOWER est une carte d'overclocker qui s'utilise dans n'importe quel pc
10407
Hardware Award
2014-06
South Africa
MSI has built a solid overclocking board with the Z97 MPOWER MAX. Probably the best they have produce to date.
9794
Gold Award
2014-06
United States
The included features are implemented with top of the line hardware across the board, on the hardware side the MPower Max AC truly lacks for nothing.
9893
Gold
2014-06
United States
The included features are implemented with top of the line hardware across the board, on the hardware side the MPower Max AC truly lacks for nothing.
10494
Editor's Choice
2014-06
Turkey
MSI Z97 MPower Max AC, kendini satan bir kart. Ürün sayfasına girip de sunduğu özelliklere bakmak bile yeterli. Performans testleri de bunu en iyi şekilde kanıtlıyor. Geriye tek bir nokta kalıyor; bütçeyi ayarlamak. İnceleme tarihinde yaklaşık 700 TL’ye s...
10568
Excellent Hardware
2014-06
Russia
И производители "железа" уже многие годы выпускают специальные модели, обеспечивающие расширенные экстремальные функции разгона. MSI, вне всякого сомнения, является одним из самых влиятельных игроков в данном сегменте. В нашем обзоре мы рассмотрим новую м...
10578
Editor's Choice Award
2014-05
United States
With such an amazing design and feature set, I am inclined to give the MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC our Editor’s Choice Award.
9882
Editor's Choice
2014-05
United States
With such an amazing design and feature set, I am inclined to give the MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC our Editor’s Choice Award.
10496
Approved Award
2014-05
United States
So where do we rate this board? Let’s see… stable out of the box? Check. All the latest features from the new chipset? Check. The ability to both overclock to the moon and have a great gaming experience? Checkmate.
9881
Cool Product
2014-05
Hungary
A csomagoláshoz hasonló az alaplap színezése is, ami fekete NYÁK-ra épül, és itt-ott sárga színnel tarkított bordákat tartalmaz. Az Z97 MPOWER MAX AC hatrétegű, úgynevezett "OC PCB" NYÁK-ra épül, mely az MSI állítása szerint a nedvességgel szemben is elle...
10423
Overclockers: Approved
2014-05
United States
So where do we rate this board? Let’s see… stable out of the box? Check. All the latest features from the new chipset? Check. The ability to both overclock to the moon and have a great gaming experience? Checkmate.
10493
Excellent Hardware Award Z97 MPOWER MAX AC
2014-05
Germany
Auch dieses Mal konnte das UEFI von MSI auf ganzer Linie überzeugen. Sämtliche ausgewählte Einstellungen wurden problemlos und korrekt umgesetzt.
10409
Gold
2014-05
UK
MSI’s latest overclocking board not only looks fantastic but it performs well too making this a gold standard board...
10430
Editor's Choice Award
2014-05
Australia
“While the MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX AC comes in on the expensive side of things, the performance, bundle, and overall build quality really do speak for themselves.” “In regards to overclocking, we saw the board really shine with the highest overclock out of ...
9698
Editor's Choice Silver
2014-05
UK
I was happy to test and play with the motherboard, and with a nice water cooling loop and case mods, it could form the center of a really nice system.
10420
Super Design
2014-05
Poland
MSI Z97 MPower MAX AC to propozycja dla entuzjastów i overclockerów, którzy planują przesiadkę na nową platformę LGA 1150 – obsługującą zarówno obecne procesory Haswell i Haswell Refresh, jak i nadchodzące Broadwell
10464
Platinum
2014-05
Spain
Nueva generación de placas base con chipset Intel Z97. Altas prestaciones en capacidad de dispositivos y en posibilidades de overclocking. Inclusión en casi todos los modelos de un slot para discos SSD en formato tarjeta. Gran rendimiento en juegos, excel...
10411
Silver Award
2014-05
United States
The MSI Z97 MPower MAX AC is an excellent product and one of the best motherboards you can buy today.
9879
Editor's Choice: Enthusiast SILVER Award
2014-05
United States
The MSI Z97 MPower MAX AC is an excellent product and one of the best motherboards you can buy today.
10490
Must Have Award
2014-05
United States
A motherboard designed primarily with overclocking in mind is not usually something you would recommend to the overclock agnostic but the Z97 Mpower MAX AC is a different story.
9880
Silver
2014-05
UK
The £180 price tag is outstanding value. The design of the MPOWER MAX AC is fantastic.. excellent results in both the 3D and normal testing.. with Vantage showing the MPOWER MAX AC as a rip-roaring beast of a thing..
10394
PCTuning Golden Award Enthusiast Recomended
2014-05
Czech Republic
Z97 MPOWER MAX AC dále nabízí opravdu bohatou konektivitu skoro ve všech ohledech
10408
Must Have
2014-05
United States
A motherboard designed primarily with overclocking in mind is not usually something you would recommend to the overclock agnostic but the Z97 Mpower MAX AC is a different story.
10497
  • Socket
    1150
  • CPU (Max Support)
    i7
  • Baseclock/Hyper Transport
    100MHz
  • Chipset
    Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
  • DDR3 Memory
    DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/ 2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*/3100*/3200*/3300*(*OC) MHz
  • DDR3L Memory
    Y
  • Memory Channel
    Dual
  • DIMM Slots
    4
  • Max Memory (GB)
    32
  • PCI-Ex16
    3
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3 (16, 0, 0), (8, 8, 0), (8, 4, 4)
  • PCI-Ex1
    4
  • SATAIII
    8
  • M.2 port
    1
  • RAID
    0/1/5/10
  • LAN
    10/100/1000*1
  • USB 3.0 ports (Front)
    4
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
    8
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front)
    4
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
    2
  • Audio ports (Rear)
    6+Optical SPDIF
  • DisplayPort
    1
  • HDMI
    1
  • VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
    512
  • DirectX
    DX11
  • Form Factor
    ATX
  • SLI
    Y
  • 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.

 

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