Z97I GAMING ACK

MINI, BUT MIGHTY

  • Supports 4th and 5th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3300(OC) Memory
  • ACK: Use Killer DoubleShot Pro to combine Killer WIFI with Killer LAN for the best online gaming experience
  • M.2 + USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Audio Boost 2: Reward Your Ears with True Quality
  • USB Audio Power: Serve Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB
  • XSplit Gamecaster: Show off Your Skills and Achievements
  • Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency 
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Gaming App: Boost Your Frame Rate
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • Sound Blaster Cinema 2: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices

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

  • Amazing sound with Audio Boost 2, powered by Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2
  • USB Audio Power
  • The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer™ E2200 Game Networking
  • ACK with Killer DoubleShot Pro for true wireless fragging using Smart Teaming
  • Show off your gaming skills to the world with XSplit Gamecaster
  • SteamOS ready out of the box
  • Military Class 4 components
  • Super stable with Guard-Pro
  • Specialized production lines just for GAMING motherboards
  • OC Genie 4
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Boost your FPS with the MSI GAMING APP
  • Click BIOS 4 (click here to visit our dedicated BIOS page)
  • Take control with Command Center & Live Update 6
  • Video
  • Video
  • Video

Killer™ DOUBLESHOT PRO

Killer™ DoubleShot Pro combines Killer Ethernet and WiFi adapters, built for superior online traffic speeds and low latency. Advanced Stream Detect™ automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games.

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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.

 

Lowest latency, fastest speeds

Enjoy the best possible online gaming experience. Wireless AC Killer has 2.9x times faster data throughput compared to traditional Wireless-N solutions. The biggest advantage is lower latency when gaming. Killer WI-FI has up to 3.5x times lower latency than other WI-FI solutions.

2.9x
Faster
3.5x
Lower latency
802.11 ac
866
802.11 b/g/n
300
Mbps

Team up Killer LAN with Killer WiFi

Introducing world's first Killer LAN & Wireless gaming connection on a motherboard, the Z97I GAMING ACK offers unmatched gaming performance. Smart teaming combines both LAN & Wireless for the best possible gaming experience. The Killer Network Manager decides which apps runs on which connection for gaming traffic optimization. Truly unique is using Killer LAN and Killer WIFI combined for insane networking speeds.

866
Mbps
1000
Mbps
 

Reward your ears with true quality

Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost 2! With Audio Boost 2 we're delivering the highest audio quality with the use of Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music through 8-channel HD Audio.

Audio Boost 2
 

Isolated Audio PCB

With traditional onboard audio the signal is distorted by electromagnetic signals from the rest of the PCB. Audio Boost 2 acts like a dedicated soundcard by physically isolating the audio circuitry which is separated by a red LED path. Less interference gives you a more clear audio signal.

Isolated Audio PCB
 

Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2

Thanks to Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones or speakers.
Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2 enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments. Hear your enemies perfectly, make your ears a decisive tool to finish on top.

Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2

EMI Shielding

EMI Shielding

To shield the audio core from EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) caused by other add-in cards the audio chip is protected by a high-grade EMI cover with backlight illumination.

 
Dual Headphone Amplifiers
 

Headphone Amplifier

Prepare for an eargasm. The built-in headphone amplifier rewards your high quality headphone with the most amazing studio level sound quality up to 600Ω delivered from your gaming PC.
 

High Quality Audio Capacitors
 

High Quality Audio Capacitors

With the use of professional Nichicon Japanese capacitors, specially designed for audio purposes, MSI GAMING motherboards provide the highest possible audio signal filtering. Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism.

  • Acoustic series
  • Lower Tolerance
  • Lower Dielectric Absorption
  • Lower ESR
  • Lower Leakage Current
  • Higher Stability
High Quality Audio Capacitors
 
Golden Audio Connectors

Golden Audio Connectors

With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with less chance of distortion.

  • Up to 600Ω crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics
  • Dedicated amplified output (red) optimized for studio-grade headgear
  • Superb signal conductivity and will not wear over time
 

USB Audio Power

When connecting multiple USB devices, most motherboards will be unable to deliver a strong 5V power signal to all USB ports. This is highly noticeable with high-quality external USB DACs where sound quality degrades as the motherboard is unable to deliver a perfect USB signal.

Only MSI USB Audio Power continuously delivers a stable 5V to the USB ports on motherboards, making sure you can continue to enjoy the crystal clear audio standard you expect.

Benefits

  • Enhances USB Audio Quality
  • Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB
MSI® USB Audio Power (5V)
Traditional solutions (4.6V)
MSI USB Audio Power vs traditional solutions
Rear I/O USB
ATX Power
(5V)
(12V)
USB Audio Power
USB Audio Power

Push your SSD to the limit

Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with MSI GAMING motherboards. We offer the next generation of high speed storage support through M.2. M.2 transfers data through a PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface up to 10 Gb/s, making it 67% faster than SATA 3.0 solutions. M.2 is packed in a small form factor and is compatible with 2 different sizes to fit most storage solutions. Where other brands fail to include M.2 on ITX gaming motherboards, the Z97I GAMING ACK motherboard offers a unique location for the M.2 slot at the bottom on the motherboard due to innovative engineering.

Data transfer speed
6 Gb/s
10 Gb/s
SATA
M.2
 
 

Large enthusiast CPU water & air cooling support

Choosing a cooler for the mini-ITX build has never been an easy thing without having to give up either silence or cooling performance. Traditionally, ITX motherboards are not always compatible with the biggest and best cooling solutions. MSI reaches out to those who don’t want to compromise on performance and silence by re-designing the entire PCB and re-locating the 1150 CPU socket on the Z97I GAMING ACK motherboard. This new design allows for easy installment of large enthusiast CPU air cooling solutions or water cooling kits. Never worry about CPU temperatures during long gaming sessions and enjoy a more silent ITX gaming system with the all new MSI Z97I GAMING ACK motherboard.

Want to show off your skills
or just make a fun GAMING video for your friends?

XSplit Gamecaster lets you easily record your gaming moments and broadcast your live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube, UStream and more.

It's simple, easy to use and ideal for sharing your gameplay with friends, family or the world - Or for capturing those perfect gaming moments, just for the heck of it.

So what are you waiting for? Join the revolution and start streaming and recording with XSplit Gamecaster today.

How to active MSI Premium License

Streaming

Use XSplit Gamecaster to stream all of your gaming activities

Webcam & chroma key

Add a webcam and show your game face

Share your broadcast

Share your broadcast and conquer the world

Realtime notes

Draw attention whilst casting with in-game annotations

Record & upload

Organize and upload your greatest gaming moments

SteamOS support
out of the box

MSI is committed to PC Gaming and that is why MSI GAMING motherboards support SteamOS by default. Because of this, MSI works close with numerous tier #1 system integrators that released their popular SteamBOX PC's.

Military Class 4

Military Class 4 components

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-c CAP, Super Ferrite Choke and Dark CAP will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming 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 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.

Dark CAP

Dark CAP

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

Short Circuit Protection

Circuit Protection

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

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 GAMING 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
Gaming Device Port

Gaming Device Port

MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high end gaming mice to fully utilize it's speed. This results in a much faster and smoother mouse response in games.

Gaming benefits
  • More responsive
  • Smoother gameplay
  • Faster reactions
Technical benefits
  • 3x more gold than regular connectors
  • 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
  • Prevents oxidation

OC Genie 4

OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this one-second overclocking option we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot. Delivering up to 20% of free extra performance for the CPU, memory and iGPU.

Performance boost modes
Laggers
OC Genie
120%
* Features may vary according to your platform and model
GAMING App

BOOST YOUR FRAME RATE

Outperform your competition with the MSI GAMING APP which allows simultaneous control of both your Motherboard and Graphics Card's overclocking.

Simply select your preferred mode with the click of a button:

  • Silent
  • Gaming
  • OC
This allows you to tune the system to your pleasure without any technical knowledge of overclocking.

 

GAMING APP screenshot

Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8.1 / Windows 10. 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

Software

Software

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.

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.

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
 

Smart Fan Control

Smart Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans on the motherboard, convenient for gamers and overclockers;

  • Users can real-time monitor the status of the fans
  • Set profiles
  • Record fan speed, voltage and temperate status into a log file.
Smart Fan Control

Dragon Heatsink

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

Dragon Heatsink

Connectivity

Be sure to take full advantage of all the GAMING weapons by connecting your devices to the optimized ports.

Audio Boost 2

  • 30µg Gold plated Audio Connectors
  • Amplified Audio

USB Audio Power

  • Optimized stable 5V USB ports
  • Best sound quality for external DACs

Gaming Device Port

  • Optimized for high-rate gaming keyboards and mice
  • Triple gold plating for extended lifetime

Triple gold plated PS/2 and USB ports

  • 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
  • Prevents oxydation
Gaming Device Port
Coaxial S/PDIF-Out / Optical S/PDIF-Out
Killer LAN
Killer Wi-Fi AC
Audio Boost 2 with dedicated headphone out
Clear CMOS Button
HDMI
DisplayPort
USB 3.0 ports
USB 2.0 ports
USB Audio Power
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 GAMING 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
Case badge Case badge
Door hanger Door hanger
 

 


 

  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.
Excellent Award - May 2015
2015-05
Netherlands
De beste keuze voor die-hard gamers is de MSI Z97I Gaming ACK, met zijn speciale netwerk- en audiovoorzieningen.
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Gold award
2015-02
Netherlands
De beste keuze voor die-hard gamers is de MSI Z97I Gaming ACK, met zijn speciale netwerk- en audiovoorzieningen.
2
Approved
2015-01
United Kingdom
It's a cracking mini-ITX motherboard in its own right... If you're in the market for Z97 mini-ITX motherboard, your decision just got a lot tougher to make.
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  • 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*/3100*/3200*/3300*(*OC) MHz
  • DDR3L Memory
    Y
  • Memory Channel
    Dual
  • DIMM Slots
    2
  • Max Memory (GB)
    16
  • PCI-Ex16
    1
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3(16)
  • SATAIII
    4
  • M.2 Slot
    1 x 2260 Key M(PCIe Gen2 x2/SATA on back side), 1 x 2230 Key E(Wi-Fi)
  • RAID
    0/1/5/10
  • LAN
    10/100/1000*1
  • USB 3.0 ports (Front)
    2
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
    4
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front)
    2
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
    4
  • Audio ports (Rear)
    6
  • DisplayPort
    1
  • HDMI
    2
  • VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
    512
  • DirectX
    11
  • Form Factor
    Mini-ITX

 

  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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