Z87M GAMING

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 6Gb/s
  • 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
  • Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • 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

Best Gaming Motherboard - MSI Z87M GAMING

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
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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

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.

 

 

Benefits

  • - 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)
ATX POWER
USB AUDIO POWER
REAR I/O USB
5V OUT
12V
Stable 5V
Top Next

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
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 Super Ferrite Chokes and Dark CAPs will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.

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
 
 
Laggers
OC Genie 4
Gaming mode
Boost MORE!
* Features may vary according to your platform and model

OC Genie 4

OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this new generation of OC Genie, we're giving you even more performance. The OC Genie button works as you expect it to, but now you have even more control. Flick the OC_MODE switch from the normal "Turbo" to "GAMING" and your PC gets another adrenalin shot! For the more advanced overclockers, we give you complete control of your settings with "My OC Genie".

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.

Optimized for multiple graphics cards

NVIDIA SLI/AMD CrossFireX/VirtuMVP 2.0

MSI GAMING 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 NVIDIA® SLI or AMD CrossFire gaming setup.


 

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!

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. Product specification, function, and appearance may vary based on different CPU and chipset. For detailed specifications, please consult the product specifications page.
Gold
2014-05
United Kingdom
Overall the Z87M GAMING is another great motherboard from MSI and one that you may even want to consider even if you’re doing an ATX build, because most of the Bell ‘n Whistles for Gaming are still here…
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Madshimps Performance
2014-04
Belgium
Even when mildly overclocking the Intel i7-4770K processor and pushing them Corsair DIMMS, the mATX MSI Gaming board is right up there messing with the big boys, retailing at twice or even higher prices.
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Madshrimps Value
2014-04
Belgium
Even when mildly overclocking the Intel i7-4770K processor and pushing them Corsair DIMMS, the mATX MSI Gaming board is right up there messing with the big boys, retailing at twice or even higher prices.
3
Editor's Choice
2014-03
United Kingdom
One of the best bang for buck motherboards out there at the moment and definitely worth considering for any system builder.
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Approved Award
2014-03
France
Un pari donc réussi pour MSI qui a su garder l’essentiel des atouts de sa série Gaming sur une carte qui pourra transformer un petit boitier en véritable arme de jeu.
5
Editors choice
2014-01
Russia
Системная плата MSI Z87M GAMING порадует и геймера, и аудиофила, и энтузиаста-оверклокера. Так что боятся дракона, изображенного на коробке и на плате, совсем не стоит...
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Gold Award
2014-01
USA
Having seen what the MSI Z87-GD65 can do as far a performance and usability go, it's good to see that the apple does not fall far from the tree when shrinking the form factor down. If you had to choose based solely on performance in a blind "taste test", you would be hard pressed to see the difference in performance between the Z87M and Z87-GD65 Gaming from MSI. That in a nutshell is what you get. The feature set on the Z87M Gaming mirrors that of the Z87-GD65, but you lose a little bit of capacity more than anything else. Capacity? Yep, you lose the capacity to run more than two video cards in SLI or CrossfireX, you lose a few SATA 6Gbps ports, and the exclusion of an mSATA slot on the board. On the flip side you gain an additional HDMI port that helps support up to 4K resolutions using the on-chip graphics.
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Editor’s Choice Award
2014-01
Australia
Sound: “Having long been a sceptic of onboard sound chips, AudioBoost surprised me. The sounds clarity was much better than I was expecting and it's great to see immersive gaming grade audio like this included onboard. Music and movies were also clear and I couldn't fault it.” Networking: “Steam downloads were prioritised lower than our games and ran in parallel to our gaming session without any noticeable impact on our ping or general game play.” Software: “The MSI Command Centre is intuitive, allows for windows based overclocking - you wouldn't need to go into the UEFI if you didn't want to. Monitoring, fan control, RAMDISK, GPU Boost and other options are available through Command Centre. It even has it's own remote server control options via an App Store or Android app for your Smartphone.” Overclocking: “I was able to achieve a manual overclock of 4.6GHz with our i5-4670K @ 1.31v on air. The ambient temperature was 21 degrees and the maximum temperature we saw on the cores was
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Editor's Pick Award
2014-01
Greece
Έχοντας περιηγηθεί τόσο εξωτερικά όσο deep-down σε όλα τα χαρακτηριστικά της, ήρθε η ώρα να συνοψίσουμε το παρόν review και να παραθέσουμε σιγά σιγά τις απόψεις μας για την MSI Z87M Gaming. Μια μητρική που αναμφίβολα ανήκει στις High-End και με τιμές που χτυπάνε ξεκάθαρα τον ανταγωνισμό, η MSI έρχεται για να κάνει ηχηρή την παρουσία της σε αυτό το νέο segment που ανοίγεται.
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Editor's Choice ITC.ua: December 2013
2013-12
Ukraine
MSI Z87M Gaming – компактная боевая единица, которую производитель оснастил всеми ключевыми элементами старших решений игровой серии. Сетевой контроллер Atheros Killer, улучшенная аудиоподсистема и поддержка мультиадаптерных конфигураций – важные параметры платформы. При этом качественные элементы и рациональная компоновка позволяют рассчитывать на очень хорошие результаты во время разгона системы.
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Editors' choice
2013-12
USA
The popular demand of small form factor builds for the high end gaming/performance PCs has grown quite a bit over the last couple of years. However, their haven’t been many manufacturers providing high-end mATX boards to meet the demands of those seeking the performance systems. Today we are going to be looking at a manufacturer that has taken that step forward. On our test bench we have the brand new MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard.
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Silver award
2013-12
Netherlands
De MSI Z87M Gaming laat een prima indruk achter. Vergelijken we het bord met zijn directe concurrenten, de Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 en ASUS Maximus VI Gene, dan valt allereerst op dat MSI's Micro ATX gaming bord zo'n 15 à 20 euro goedkoper is.
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CHIP OUTSTANDING
2013-12
Malaysia
The MSI Z87 Gaming motherboard is one you should consider if you’re looking to build a compact gaming machine for yourself. Just be careful to select your parts carefully, lest they don’t fit into the casing properly.
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Must Have
2013-11
United Kingdom
If you’re a micro-ATX gamer looking for an attractive, feature-heavy motherboard that doesn’t break the bank, MSI’s Z87M Gaming is an excellent choice.
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Gold
2013-11
United Kingdom
In fact we can't think of a single thing we dislike about it. Unhesitating winner of our OC3D Gold Award.
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Golden bear
2013-11
USA
MSI has already had a few entries of its gaming line for Z87 and now there is a third with the board we are looking at today the Z87M Gaming. This board is the mATX version for those looking for a smaller form factor gaming grade board. We have looked at the gaming series boards and they have proven quite capable while also offering a nice feature set at a great value.
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Golden
2013-11
USA
MSI has already had a few entries of its gaming line for Z87 and now there is a third with the board we are looking at today the Z87M Gaming. This board is the mATX version for those looking for a smaller form factor gaming grade board. We have looked at the gaming series boards and they have proven quite capable while also offering a nice feature set at a great value.
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Thumb up
2013-11
Czech Republic
Dobrá cena za vynikající možnosti a výbavu. Hráči i jiní náročnější uživatelé budou nadšeni.
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Excellent
2013-11
Germany
“The Z87M GAMING leaves nothing to be desired in the gaming area, so that you can neglect any additional slots besides for the graphics cards. This should exactly be the goal of a microATX gaming board, which MSI definitely fulfilled here.„ “We particularly liked the overclocking capability of the MSI Z87M gaming. Whereas many manufacturers reduce the number of VRM phases on MicroATX motherboards and also deminish the cooling design to be as cheap as possible, the Z87M Gaming provides actually the same program as the upscale ATX boards.„
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Editors' choice
2013-10
USA
The popular demand of small form factor builds for the high end gaming/performance PCs has grown quite a bit over the last couple of years. However, their haven’t been many manufacturers providing high-end mATX boards to meet the demands of those seeking the performance systems. Today we are going to be looking at a manufacturer that has taken that step forward. On our test bench we have the brand new MSI Z87M Gaming Motherboard.
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The choice of gamers
2013-09
Ukraine
“At the end of our acquaintance with MSI Z87M GAMING we can make an unambiguous conclusion that we face one of the most interesting motherboards in format microATX, and its success in the market will depend on the retail cost. As a result, the motherboard MSI Z87M GAMING is a great solution that can be safely recommended to buy.„
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  • Socket
    1150
  • CPU (Max Support)
    i7
  • Baseclock/Hyper Transport
    100MHz
  • Chipset
    Intel® Z87 Express
  • DDR3 Memory
    DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*(*OC) MHz
  • DDR3L Memory
    Y
  • Memory Channel
    Dual
  • DIMM Slots
    4
  • Max Memory (GB)
    32
  • PCI-Ex16
    2
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3 (16,0), (8,8)
  • PCI-Ex1
    2
  • SATAIII
    6
  • RAID
    0/1/5/10
  • TPM (header)
    1
  • LAN
    10/100/1000*1
  • USB 3.0 ports (Front)
    2
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
    6
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front)
    4
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
    2
  • Audio ports (Rear)
    6+Optical SPDIF
  • eSATA
    2
  • DisplayPort
    1
  • HDMI
    2
  • VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
    1024
  • DirectX
    11
  • Form Factor
    M-ATX
  • SLI
    Y
  • CrossFire
    Y

 

  1. All images and descriptions are for illustrative purposes only. Product specification, function, and appearance may vary based on different CPU and chipset. For detailed specifications, please consult the product specifications page.

 

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