With the new Intel Processors on the horizon, motherboard manufacturers have gone into full force with the new updated chipsets. Today we are going to be looking at the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard. MSI really took the market strong since its release of the Z77 Gaming addition motherboards and has since grown its gamer series design into multiple platforms. With the Z87 chipset, MSI really made some great improvements not only in their design and aesthetics, but they also really stepped it up with an intuitive software system and improved GUI interface across the board.Today, we are going to put their newly developed MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard to the test. While the Gaming 5 is not the flagship motherboard, we are still very excited to see what updates this will bring to the future. Let's dive right in!
Last edited by vinman; 09-05-2014 at 10:46.
|CPU: AMD FX-8350, 4.7 GHz core, 2400 MHz CPU/NB|
|M/B: Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0|
|RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP Low Voltage @ 2133 MHz|
|GPU: Powercolor AXR9 280X TurboDuo (stock)|
Nice review Kenny. I'm sure some of the odd performance deficits will be ironed out as BIOS revisions are released, but other than that the board pretty much performed like I thought it would. Still kinda pricey for a "Gaming" motherboard, but Asus is worse with their ROG lineup and it's still not TOO terrible.
|CPU: INTEL i5 4670k|
|M/B: ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO|
|RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR PLATINUM 16GB 2133|
|GPU: Two GIGABYTE 670. With EXPC waterblocks and back plats.|
Good review Kenny. Love the look of this board. Good performing also.
|CPU: AMD FX 8350|
|M/B: ASUS CROSSHAIR V Formula|
|RAM: 16 gig Corsair Vengence 9- 9- 9 -27 12800 1600 mhz|
|GPU: Gigabyte R9 270X Windforce|
Great review Kenny nice looking board thanks for posting
|CPU: Intel i7 5930K / Intel i7 4820K / Intel i7 4790K|
|M/B: ASUS X99 R5E / ASUS X79 Sabertooth / ASUS Z97 MVIIF|
|RAM: 32GB Kingston DDR4 3000MHz / 32GB Corsair 1866MHz / 16GB HyperX Savage 2400MHz|
|GPU: EVGA GTX780 TRI SLI Classy / EVGA GTX 780 SLI / XFX R9 290 (xfire) w XSPC WB|
@ $159.99, its priced right for the features you get, so I don't think its on the expensive side. You will pay roughly $10-$20 cheaper for a more budget board and get much less features and dumbed down specs so paying that extra $20 will prove to benefit in the long run here. the ASUS boards are much higher in price range, but again, you do get what you pay for...
I have a ASUS board in for review now, I just pulled the MSI board off the bench last night and the ASUS is going on the bench next so we will see how well the board does.
|CPU: Intel Core i7 - 4770K|
|M/B: MSI Z87 MPOWER|
|RAM: 32 GB DDR3 2400 G.SKILL SNIPER|
|GPU: 2X- EVGA GFORCE GTX 960 4GB FTW|
As always a very well done indepth informative review, and priced right considering what you're getting for the money spent
Good job my friend
Last edited by vinman; 10-05-2014 at 15:35.
|CPU: Intel 4960x @ 4.3ghz|
|M/B: MSI x79 GD45 Plus|
|RAM: 16GB Patriot Viper Ram @ 2133mhz|
|GPU: Nvidia GTX Titan 6GB|
good review Kenny. that's a nice board.
You don't know me and that's the way i like it!
|CPU: Intel i7-5820k|
|M/B: ASRock X99 WS|
|RAM: 32GB Crucial DDR4 2133|
|GPU: 2 R9-290s Xfire|
Can always count on Kenny to provide an indepth great review. MSI has taken great strides to make themselves a go to board maker. I now have 2 MSI boards and I love them both. The new design of the Gaming series looks great.
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|CPU: AMD A 10-5800K Trinity 4.5|
|M/B: ECS A85F2-A Golden|
|RAM: 16G Crucial Blaxtix 1866mzh|
|GPU: 2 Saphirre 7770 Vapor X 1G 1150/1400|
I am liking MSI more and more, well done review Kenny!
|CPU: i7 3970x @ 5.0GHz|
|M/B: Rampage IV Black Edition|
|RAM: Kingston HuperX Beast @2400MHz (64GB)|
|GPU: 2SLI EVGA GTX 780 + EK WB|
Good review Kenny, nice looking board, good performance too, acceptable price.
Always look beyond the limits...
|CPU: Intel i7 4970K|
|M/B: ASUS Z97 Maximus Hero|
|RAM: G.Skill Trident 16gb|
|GPU: Radeon R9 270 X2|
Thanks for a great review Kenny.