With golden audio connectors you get the best possible signal output with less chance of distortion. My only complaint is the weird quirk with navigating with the scroll wheel. You can use this tab to manually update the BIOS. One of the most used subsystems would be the SATA controller. If properly configured you can actually play in a game and download at the same time without causing in game latency issues. The black PCB, dragon logo and black and red theme sure is very appealing. You should be able to see everything in the dashboard under the system information tab.

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All images appearing on this website are copyright Evetech. With their new naming scheme we can tell right away that this is a gaming motherboard msk course and the 5 is their entry level full Gamimg board with a 7 and a 9 that will round out the line.

Moving on to other features, the Audio Boost 2 sure is does give you better gaming experience. Most people will want to run a dedicated video card. But the numbers here speak for themselves for what you should expect as long as it works.

MSI Z97 GAMING 5 – motherboard – ATX – LGA1150 Socket – Z97

Not to mention how many mainstream boards have their onboard audio isolated from the rest of the PCB. Click image to Zoom. The settings tab is perhaps the most important segment in the BIOS since everything is configured here aside from the overclocking settings. Installing the drivers and utilities from the two CD installers is very easy.

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Passmark Advanced network test.

I can newtork myself using M. Five is Alive by Ian Cutress on October 6, 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.

Dual channel memory architecture.

MSI Z97 GAMING 5 – motherboard – ATX – LGA Socket – Z97 Overview – CNET

Silent Gaming OC This allows you to tune the system to your pleasure without any technical knowledge of overclocking. Up along the top you have a few key board features audio boost 2 and the Killer E and the Intel tags to show what CPUs are supported. Audio Boost 2 has good bass amplifacation and its nice when playing FPS games with all the shooting and explosions.

Killer newtork actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day. This is basically a power saving feature. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers.

Check it out for yourself! Gxming the gaming side of the hardware equation the Neteork 5 is fitted with a Killer E network port which comes with application prioritization software, as well as an enhanced Realtek ALC audio solution via Audio Boost. Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory. As far as performance is concerned, it is pretty much up to par with the other MSI Z97 boards I reviewed with very little difference from the others.

This non-synthetic benchmark powered by the state-of-the art UNIGINE Engine showcases a comprehensive set of cutting-edge graphics technologies with a dynamic environment and fully interactive modes available to the end user. With this one-second overclocking option we’re giving you even more performance. Below the Audio Boost 2 ensemble is the direct audio power connector where the molex cable goes into. The supported drivers for other operating systems would be available on the website if provided by vendor.


Delivering high fidelity crystal clear sound with exceptional acoustics and realism. Here you can check the hardware installed in the motherboard and its status. We will just give you a recap on how these utilities work below.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice. None of those issues are enough to prevent me from recommending the board.

Elsewhere on the rear panel we get another two USB 2. MSI stuck with the same red and black theme for the Gaming 5 but it is very clear that this is a much cleaner design both on the PCB as well as the cooling design. MSI did netwofk the dragon on the side gamiing each of the heatsinks, but this time around they downplayed the dragons with a more general heatsink design.