Z97 GUARD-PRO

The perfect solution for Litecoin mining including 6 times PCI-E

  • 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
  • Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • 4K UHD Support: Ultra-high Definition Visual Experience
  • Multi-GPU: AMD CrossFire Support
  • Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
  • Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds
  • Smart Utilities: Easily Setup & Configure Intel® Technologies

Push your SSD to the limit

Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with selected MSI 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.

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 a M.2 to SATA Express converter for more convenience

M.2 to SATA Express

 

Optimized for
multiple graphics cards

MSI motherboards feature one or more PCI Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and 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 AMD CrossFire™ gaming setup.

The MSI H97/Z97 GUARD-PRO motherboard is the ideal high performance solution for mining crypto currencies. You get a total of 6 PCI Express slots perfectly aligned to make sure you are able to use them all at once at optimal operation.

Military Class 4

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Dark Choke and Solid CAP will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.

Dark Choke

Dark Choke uses the special core design and allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature with higher capacity and better power efficiency and stability.

SOLID CAP

With their aluminum core design and Japanese made quality, Solid CAPs are made for high-end design motherboard. Not only do Solid CAPs could provide lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), but also work firmly for over-10-year.

 

ECO Power

ECO Power helps users to manage their hardware and power usage. Save up to 29% power consumption by completely disabling unnecessary hardware. ECO Power not only lowers the power consumption but also avoids short circuiting and signal noise.

DEVICE
ON (W)

OFF (W)
SAVE WATT
USB Host 28.8 27.3 1.5
USB Hub 28.8 25.5 3.3
SATA 28.8 27.7 1.1
PCI-E Hub 28.8 27.3 1.5
PCI-E CLK_GEN Enable 28.8 28.4 0.4
WiFi 30.5 28.8 1.7
CPUFAN* 28.8 28.1 0.7
SYSFAN1* 29.5 28.8 0.7
SYSFAN2* 29.5 28.8 0.7
SYSFAN3* 29.5 28.8 0.7
TOTAL 28.8 20.4 8.4
USB
Rear I/O USB
29% save
SATA
* Power saving measurements done on Z97 MPOWER MAX AC

 

Circuit Protection

With specially designed circuit protection, the MSI motherboard protects the CPU against overheating and USB devices from short circuiting.

Power Supply
USB
CPU
USB

 

  • Circuit Protection

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

  • ECO Power

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

  • Humidity Protection

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

  • High Temperature Protection

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

  • ESD Protection

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

  • EMI Protection

    All MSI motherboards comply with stringent American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference.

OC Genie 4

With the one-second overclocking option OC Genie we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot straight away. Give your system an awesome performance boost with ease.

 

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.

Software

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.

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.

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

ECO CENTER

Save the planet, lower your electrical bill. ECO Center lets you disable unused chips and functions used on your motherboard. By cutting off the power entirely, your motherboard will run more efficient, up to 29%!

SMART UTILITIES

The MSI Smart Utilities application helps to easily setup, configure and boost your systems’ performance and more through 3 Intel® key technologies:

  • Intel® Rapid Start
  • Intel® Smart Response*
  • Intel® Smart Connect

*This feature only works on platform/model that supports Intel® Smart Response technology.

FAST BOOT

No more seamless waiting for your O/S to be loaded! MSI Fast Boot helps to make your system boot lightning fast. MSI Fast Boot also features a GO2BIOS button. Simply click it to restart your PC and go straight to the system BIOS.

4K UHD SUPPORT

Enjoy awesome 4K UHD video playback with MSI 9 series motherboards. MSI motherboards that are equipped with HDMI port(s) support the latest 4K UHD (2160p ultra-high definition) resolution to provide an unprecedented breathtaking visual experience.

 

  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® Z97 Express
  • DDR3 Memory
    DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*/3200*/3300*(*OC) MHz
  • Memory Channel
    Dual
  • DIMM Slots
    4
  • Max Memory (GB)
    32
  • PCI-Ex16
    2
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3 (16), Gen2(4)
  • PCI-Ex1
    4
  • 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
  • DVI
    1
  • VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
    512
  • DirectX
    DX11
  • 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® 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) MHz, up to 32GB Max.
- Supports Dual-Channel mode
- Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
 

 
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)
• 4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
 


Onboard Graphics

 

• 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2304@24Hz, 2560x1600@60Hz, 3840x2160@60Hz,1920x1200@60Hz
• 1 x VGA port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
• 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz

 


Multi-GPU Support

 

• Supports AMD® CrossFire™ Technology*
* Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8/ 8.1
 


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****

* 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
- 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*)
* Internal JUSB1 connector supports MSI Super Charger.

 


Audio

• Realtek® ALC892 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
 


LAN 

• 1 x 10/100/1000 LAN by Realtek® RTL8111G Gigabit LAN controller 
 


Internal I/O Connectors

 

- 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
- 1 x 4-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)
- 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
- 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
- 1 x Serial port connector
- 1 x Parallel port connector

 


Back Panel I/O Ports

 

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports
- 1 x VGA port
- 1 x DVI-D port
- 1 x DisplayPort
- 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
- 6 x audio jacks



This platform supports dual-display and triple-display function
 

 

DVI+DisplayPort

DVI+VGA

VGA+DisplayPort

DVI+VGA+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 8.7 in. (30.5 cm x 22 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.

 

˄