Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s + eSATA
  • Audio Boost: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • USB Audio Power: A Breakthrough in USB Audio Quality
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices
  • Total Fan Control: Optimize All Fan Speed As You Wish
  • Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel® Wireless Display

Best Gaming Motherboard - MSI Z87I GAMING AC

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

  • • The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer E2200 Game Networking
  • • Crystal clear sound with Audio Boost
  • • Top quality audio solution with Sound Blaster Cinema
  • • Superb graphics with VGA Boost
  • • Blazing fast booting with Super RAID
  • • Gaming Device Port
  • • Military Class 4 Components
  • • OC Genie 4 & Click BIOS 4
  • • Optimized for multiple graphics cards
  • • Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading
  • Video

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.


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.

Network traffic
Game traffic
Other traffic


USB Audio Power is a breakthrough in Home Theater Entertainment audio quality. Using an unique design, the USB ports onboard provide a TRUE 5V signal that doesn’t drop when more devices are connected.This simply means better signal quality over USB, especially for devices that rely on a perfect signal, like USB DAC’s as they rely on a perfect transmission of audio bits from the motherboard to the DAC. This also means that external low-noise power supplies are no longer essential for better audio quality as USB Audio Power is able to deliver an optimum USB signal.




  • - Enhances USB Audio Quality
  • - Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB
  • - Works on all USB3 ports on the I/O panel
MSI Real USB Power (5V)
Traditional solutions (4.6V)
Stable 5V
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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 gaming PC.

  • • Studio level Integrated 600Ω Headphone amplifier
  • • Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • • EMI shielded audio codec
  • • High quality audio capacitors
ALC 1150
Unamplified signal
OPA1652 amplifier
High quality audio capacitors
Amplified & filtered signal
Golden audio jacks

Top quality audio solution
with Sound Blaster Cinema

SoundBlaster Cinema features

Hear your enemies perfectly, even on an ear-drum shattering battlefield. Thanks to Sound Blaster Cinema, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones. Your most important gaming sound effects are reproduced crystal clear allowing you to focus on your game even during extremely long gaming sessions.

Powered by the SBX Pro Studio technologies, Sound Blaster Cinema enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments, making your ears a decisive tool on the battlefield.

VGA Boost

VGA Boost

MSI VGA Boost is one of MSI's exclusive ways to support gamers to fully engage in their virtual world.

VGA Boost increases the power limitations for MSI GAMING graphics cards when inserted in an MSI GAMING motherboard. It simply upgrades your Power Tuning and current limits allowing your graphics to boost to higher clock speeds when your gaming graphics get more intense and sustain maximum performance for a longer time.

This is all supported because of the power design for the PCI Express slots and the build quality of MSI Graphics cards. Now, matching MSI gaming hardware not only gives your game PC some fiery red dragon looks, your PC gaming experience will benefit from a safe and powerful boost in graphics.

Super RAID

With MSI Super RAID you can combine hard drives, SSDs and mSATA into blazing fast bootable drives. Load your operating system, videos or even games faster than ever. You can now enjoy the benefits of bigger and faster storage, without all the trouble that normally surround RAID configurations.

Easily Setup The Latest Technologies:

  • • Intel Smart Response
  • • Intel Rapid Start
  • • Intel Smart Connect
  • *Features may vary according to your platform and model

Gaming device port

You want more FPS, lower ping, but why use a pro-gaming mouse with old-fashioned standards? MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized for high polling rate mice (500 to 1000 Hz) which lowers your mouse's response time from 8 milliseconds to 1 millisecond! This gives a much smoother mouse response in games. The additional gold plating on the ports enhances the durability drastically and ensures your PS/2 and USB ports are always working when you ship out to a LAN party.

Gaming benefits

  • • more responsive
  • • smoother gameplay
  • • faster reactions

Technical benefits

  • • 3x more gold than regular connectors
  • • 10x longer lifetime when plugging and unplugging
  • • prevents oxidation and corrosion

Military Class 4 components

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

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.

Dark CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP's have been a staple in high-end design motherboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

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.

Military Class essentials

The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the toughest conditions.
The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system can survive each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI radiation.
On top of that the all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.

Military Class 4 components



OC Genie 4 supercharges your speed experience! When used, OC Genie 4 accelerates your entire system and puts it into overdrive! Tuned by the professional overclockers, OC Genie 4 hands you record-breaking performance on a silver plate.



Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Besides that, it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And all this comes with advanced and cool features.


Hardware Monitor

Hardware monitor allows you to take control of your system through Total Fan and check your primary system characteristics in an easy graphical interface.


Board Explorer

This feature shows the user a visual representation of all the connectors of the motherboard and displays which devices are connected. In case of a device having a bad connection you can easily trace it with board explorer.


OC Profiles preview

With OC profiles you can rapidly switch between settings and you can save up to 8 profiles. In the blink of an eye, you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the stored profiles.


Memory Presets

With our new memory presets you can easily select the optimized memory profile for your motherboard for the maximum performance.

Command Center

Total control

MSI's exclusive 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.

Graphical fan control & monitoring

Command Center features a total new fan control interface from which users can control all fans' speed on the motherboard and set profiles. Users can real-time monitor the status of the fans as well as record fan speed, voltage and temperate status into a log file. This feature is both convenient for pro-gamers and overclockers.

Unlimited 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 system's performance.

Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading

Tired of everlasting loading screens? The MSI Gaming series motherboards offer support for DDR3-3000 MHz memory modules. That way, you will not have to miss out on any gaming action because your in-game levels will be loaded superfast!

INTEL® Wi-Fi. AC .Bluetooth. Intel® wiDI.

MSI Z87I GAMING AC motherboard comes with an Intel® Wi-Fi / Bluetooth module which also supports Intel® WiDi. This way you can easy connect to other wireless devices in your home. The support of 802.11 b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.0 ensures that you have the fastest available transfer speed. With Intel® WiDi (stands for Wireless Display) and a WiDi receiver (not included) you can watch movies on your TV without the need for any cables.

COMES with

2 antenna

Total Fan Control

Total Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans to enable you to find the best balance of fan performance and silence. Because you can also monitor and record all your fan information, a great pool of information is available to base the fan settings on.


Dragon heat sink

With an awesome product comes an inspiring heat sink! Styled after the iconic MSI GAMING Dragon. The heat sink is oversized to provide the best thermal transfer and heat dissipation to enable your PC to just game 24 hours per day.


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 gaming case badge and a stylish gaming I/O panel.

Back side of I/O Panel

Aluminium Interference Shielding (NEW)

Force Absorbing Layer (NEW)

Steel Shielding

I/O Panel Ports Label

Dark coating

Front side of I/O Panel





  1. All images and descriptions are for illustrative purposes only. Visual representation of the products may not be perfectly accurate. Product specification, functions and appearance may vary by models and differ from country to country . All specifications are subject to change without notice. Please consult the product specifications page for full details.Although we endeavor to present the most precise and comprehensive information at the time of publication, a small number of items may contain typography or photography errors. Products may not be available in all markets. We recommend you to check with your local supplier for exact offers.
4.5 stars
MSI Z87I GAMING AC received a rating of 4.5/5 and managed to beat Asrock Z87E-ITX, Asus Z87I Pro, Asus Maximus VI Impact and Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI.
Hamar népszerűvé vált a jól árazott és észszerűen felszerelt Z87I, amelynek megérkezett a Gaming változata is. Ez a sárkányos fekete-piros dizájnt kapta!
Excellent Hardware Z87i GAMING
Es scheint egal zu sein, welches Mainboard die Taiwaner auf den Markt bringen, zumindest technisch sind sie in den meisten Fällen eine Wucht sondergleichen.
Premium Grade
United Kingdom
Coupled with a good set of features, excellent EFI and better overclocking, the Z87I Gaming AC is arguably a better buy than the Z87i-Pro.
Editor's Choice
United Kingdom
MSI’s Z87I Gaming AC motherboard is a solid choice for any gamer or system builder who wants the features and style of a gaming motherboard, the connectivity options of a prosumer motherboard and the performance and overclocking of an enthusiast motherboard.
Approved Award
MSI’s GAMING series of products sport a black/red theme that’s common among gaming products of many manufacturers. MSI’s theme is mostly black with red accents, which I like better than an even distribution or majority red. They also have the dragon logo in a few places, but it’s relatively subtle instead of “in your face” like some logos I’ve seen before. The Z87I GAMING AC and GTX 760 GAMING ITX both overclock well, allowing 4.5 GHz on the CPU and 1254 MHz on the GPU core. So, I was definitely satisfied with the overclocking ability. The performance with MSI’s ITX board and mini GTX 760 is great, despite the small size of the components. Overall, MSI’s Z87I GAMING AC motherboard and GTX 760 GAMING ITX graphics card make a great core for a performance per volume SFF PC.
United Kingdom
A gaming-focused update to our favourite Z87 mini-ITX mobo.
“A Gaming focused update to our favorite Z87 Mini ITX Motherboard (Z87I) This is a better board than the standard version in terms of features and performance..” “If you’re rocking an AC Router at home, you’ll hit some truly impressive transfer speeds over a wireless network..”
Recommended Award
The MSI Z87I Gaming AC is a tiny, yet great motherboard that works very well if you’re looking to build a tiny multimedia PC for home use or even for Steam’s Big Picture. Whole view: CHIP Malaysia Jan 2014
Must Have
United Kingdom
…an excellent option if you’re looking to downsize your gaming system without sacrificing usability and brute performance.
Recommended Award
The Z87 Gaming AC does have a lot going for it as well. First, MSI bundled in a wireless AC adapter so you won’t have to worry about slow network speeds or your PC not keeping up with wireless technology for a long time. Along with that MSI really packed in a lot into such a small form factor. You have more than enough USB ports on the rear with headers inside as well, five internal SATA connections, and the PCI Express x16 port. All together the board will be a perfect LAN rig or even a SteamBox.
Silver Award
With gigantic towers going the way of the dinosaur and power coming in smaller and smaller configurations mini-ITX gaming oriented motherboards are more attractive than ever before. We put the Z87I GAMING AC to the test and find out if good things come in small packages or big headaches do.
Gold award
Is gamen je primaire gebruiksdoel, dan is de MSI Z87I Gaming AC een goede keus.
The MSI Z87I Gaming AC is a tiny, yet great motherboard that works very well if you’re looking to build a tiny multimedia PC for home use or even for Steam’s Big Picture.
La placa MSI Z87I Gaming AC ofrece una excelente combinación de altas prestaciones con el formato más compacto posible.
Editors Choice Award
Entertainment boxes that go near a television are all the rage nowadays. Look at the success of the Roku and entertainment apps on Playstation/Xbox consoles. Now we have the Steam boxes going into testing with the capability of high end gaming on the biggest screen in the house. However, haven’t we had this ability for quite some time by connecting a PC to our television? The answer, of course, is yes and no, yes you could have attached a bulky PC to your TV and gamed on that screen, but nothing as compact as a console.
Gold award
De MSI Z87I Gaming AC is een prima Mini ITX bordje met een prima featureset voor gamers en meer dan voldoende tweak-mogelijkheden.
High functionality
Подводя итоги нашего знакомства с компактной Mini-ITX материнской платой MSI Z87I GAMING AC, предназначенной в первую очередь для геймеров, можно смело сделать вывод, что перед нами одно из самых интересных устройств подобного формата на рынке.
United Kingdom
A jaw-dropping motherboard with performance up there with the very best.
  • Socket
  • CPU (Max Support)
  • Baseclock/Hyper Transport
  • Chipset
    Intel® Z87 Express
  • DDR3 Memory
    DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*(*OC) MHz
  • DDR3L Memory
  • Memory Channel
  • DIMM Slots
  • Max Memory (GB)
  • PCI-Ex16
  • PCI-E Gen
  • RAID
  • TPM (header)
  • LAN
  • USB 3.0 ports (Front)
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front)
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
  • Audio ports (Rear)
  • eSATA
  • DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • DVI
  • VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
  • DirectX
  • Form Factor


  1. All images and descriptions are for illustrative purposes only. Visual representation of the products may not be perfectly accurate. Product specification, functions and appearance may vary by models and differ from country to country . All specifications are subject to change without notice. Please consult the product specifications page for full details.Although we endeavor to present the most precise and comprehensive information at the time of publication, a small number of items may contain typography or photography errors. Products may not be available in all markets. We recommend you to check with your local supplier for exact offers.