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MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Specifications:

Supports 5th and 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors, and Intel® Pentium® and Celeron® Processors for the Socket LGA1150
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.
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)
5 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (PCI_E1, PCI_E2, PCI_E3, PCI_E5, PCI_E7)*
The operating mode will be x0/x16/x0/x0/x0, x16/x0/x0/x16/x0,x16/x0/x0/x8/x8 or x8/x0/x8/x8/x8.*
 Support for installing up to 4 PCIe x16 expansion cards.
 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
 For a single expansion card installation with optimum performance, using the PCI_E2 slot is recommended.
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
 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA7~10)
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
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
ASMedia ASM1042 Chipset
 2 x USB 3.0 ports on the back panel
 internal JUSB1 connector supports MSI Super Charger
Realtek® ALC1150 Codec
 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
 Supports S/PDIF output
1 x Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN controller
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)
Wi-Fi/Bluetooth expansion module with Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 chip.
- Supports Bluetooth v4.0 (includes BLE* and Bluetooth 3.0+HS)
Supports 4-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology*
Supports 4-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.
Internal I/O Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x 6-pin ATX 12V power connector*
5 x 4-pin System fan connectors
2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
10 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)
 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 points connectors
 1 x GO2BIOS button
 1 x OC Genie button
 1 x Discharge button
 1 x Reset button
 1 x Power button
 2 x Base Clock control buttons
 2 x CPU Ratio control buttons
 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
 1 x Multi-BIOS switch
 1 x OC Genie mode switch
 1 x PCIe CeaseFire Switch
 1 x Slow mode switch
 1 x Base Clock step swtich
 1 x PCIe CeaseFire 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
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x Optical S/PDIF-out  port
2 x USB 2.0  ports
8 x USB 3.0  ports
1 x RJ45 LAN jack
1 x 6 in 1 OFC audio jack
1 x DisplayPort with max. resolution up to [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],[email protected]
- 1 x HDMI ports  with max. resolution up to [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],[email protected]
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.
30.5cm(L) x 26.4cm(W) E-ATX Form Factor
9 mounting holes.


MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Features:

  • 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
  • 4-way Multi-GPU: 4-way NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • 16 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
  • Delid Die Guard: Way to Break World Record
  • VGA Cease Fire: Easy to Disable the VGA Card via Physical Switch
  • 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


All information courtesy of MSI @ http://us.msi.com/product/mb/Z97_XPOWER_AC.html#hero-overview

  1. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Closer Look: The Board
  3. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Closer Look: Programs & Utilities
  4. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC: Specifications & Features
  6. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Testing: PCMark 7, SiSoft Sandra
  8. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Testing: Cinebench 11.5, X.264, AIDA 64
  9. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Testing: CrystalDiskMark, ATTO 2.47
  10. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Testing: iPerf, RMAA
  11. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC Testing: Gaming
  12. MSI Z97 XPOWER AC: Conclusion
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