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

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.

 

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
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
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
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
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
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
  • 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
  • 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)
    1760
  • 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.

 


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 DIMMs 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*/3100*/3200*/3300*(OC) DRAM, 32GB Max
- Supports Dual-Channel mode
- Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
 


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 
- 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****

• 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 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*) 


ASMedia ASM1074 Chipset
- 6 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel


Renesas ASM1042 Chipset
- 2 x USB 3.0 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
- Supports S/PDIF Input
 

 
LAN 

• 1x Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN controller
 

 
Multi-GPU

• Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFire™ Technology*
• Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
*Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.
 


Wireless LAN

• Wi-Fi/Bluetooth expansion module with Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 chip.
- Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band (2.4GHz, 5GHz) up to 867 Mbps speed.
- Supports Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)
 


Bluetooth

• Wi-Fi/Bluetooth expansion module with Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 chip.
- Supports Bluetooth v4.0 (includes BLE* and Bluetooth 3.0+HS)

 

 
Internal I/O Connectors
 

- 1x 24-pin ATX main power connector
- 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 1 x 6-pin ATX 12V power connector*
- 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 2 x USB 3.0 connectors (supports additional 4 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 Chassis Intrusion connector
- 9 x V-Check connectorsts
- 1 x GO2BIOS button
- 1 x Power button
- 1 x Reset button
- 2 x Base Clock control buttons
- 1 x OC Genie button
- 1 x Discharge button
- 1 x Multi-BIOS switch
- 1 x OC Genie mode switch
- 1 x Slow mode switch
- 1 x 2-Digit Debug Code LED
- 1 x Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module connector
* Provides additional power to PCIe x16 slots
 

 
Back Panel I/O Ports
 

- 1x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x Clear CMOS button
- 8 x USB 3.0 ports
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
- 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
- 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
- 6 x OFC audio jacks


This platform supports dual-display and triple-display function

  HDMI+DisplayPort

Extend mode
(Extend the desktop to the second and thired 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
 

• 30.5cm(L) x 24.4cm(W) 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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