Z87I

Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

  • Supoorts 4th Gen Intel® Core™/Pentium®/Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • Military Class Essentials: Total Protection for Military Class Motherboards
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • 4K UHD Support: Ultra-high Definition Visual Experience
  • 3 Digital Display Outputs: DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI Support
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • USB Audio Power: A Break Through in USB Audio Quality
  • Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
  • Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, Intel® Wireless Display
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Military Class Essentials

The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the worst conditions. The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system surviving each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI radiation. On top of that all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.
 

HUMIDITY
PROTECTION

The latest Gen 4 Fabric PCB helps to against moisture
cause by some humid conditions and environments.


ESD
PROTECTION

Anti-ESD ICs and fuses onboard helps to totally protect your
motherboard from electrostatic damage.


EMI
PROTECTION

The optimized EMI-proof design helps to keep
users safe when during a long-time computer operation.


HIGH TEMPERATURE
PROTECTION

Certificated Military Class 4 components help to work
stable under some extreme conditions.


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Military Class 4

MSI's new Military Class 4 components support you while you are questing, racing, battling and shooting your way to the top. MSI's Military Class 4 components deliver record-breaking stability when you need to keep cool in the heat of battle. The new standard in stability built on a proven technology of high quality components.

 

Hi-c CAP
- High Thermal Stability
- No Mechanical Issue
- Ultra-low ESR
 
SFC
- Long Lifetime
- Low ESR
- Low Temperature
 
Dark CAP
- Long Lifetime
- Low ESR
- Low Temperature
 
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OC Genie 4

OC Genie 4 supercharges your speed experience! When used, OC Genie 4 accelerates your entire system and puts it into overdrive! Tuned by the professional overclockers, OC Genie 4 hands you record-breaking performance on a silver plate.

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Intel® Wireless Display

MSI motherboards come with an Intel® Wi-Fi / Bluetooth module which also supports Intel® WiDi. This way you can easy connect to other wireless devices in your home. The support of 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 ensures that you have the fastest available transfer speed. With Intel® WiDi (stands for Wireless Display) and a WiDi receiver (not included) you can watch movies on your TV without the need for any cables.

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World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 motherboard brand

With ultra-high 32GB/s transfer bandwidth, PCI Express Gen 3 provides a 2X faster transfer rate than the previous generation, this delivers amazing capabilities for true next generation extreme gaming.

Benefits:
- 2X bandwidth
- Increased efficiency and compatibility
- Extreme performance for current and next gen PCI Express cards

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4K UHD Support

Enjoy the awesome 4K UHD video playback now! MSI's 8 series motherboard that equips with HDMI port(s) supports the latest and innovative 4K UHD (2160p ultra-high definition) signal output to provide a unprecedented visual experience.

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Sound Blaster Cinema

Realistic surround sound and the ability to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments and make your ears a decisive tool on the battlefield.
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USB 3.0

Compared to the 480Mbps provided by traditional USB 2.0, the all-new USB 3.0's 5Gb/s offers 10 times the transfer bandwidth, so transferring a Blu-ray movie takes less than one minute.

Features
- 10X Faster Than USB 2.0
- Up to 5Gb/s Data Transfer Bandwidth
- Boost Transfer Rate Between Your PC and External Storage Devices

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Super RAID

MSI's exclusive Super RAID application helps to easily setup and configure to boost your system performance and stay current with automatic, no-wait updates to your e-mail, social networks, news, and more via the 3 Intel® key technologies:

Intel® Rapid Start
Intel® Smart Response
Intel® Smart Connect

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SATA 6Gb/s

SATA 6Gb/s provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3Gb/s, and increases the data transfer rate between your motherboard and internal storage devices, such as 7200RPM HDDs, 10000RPM HDDs and SSDs. It's also the current trend for upcoming high-speed internal storage devices to break the existing bottleneck of a PC's performance.

Features
- 2X Faster Than SATA 3Gb/s
- Up to 6Gb/s Data Transfer Bandwidth
- Unleash True Performance of New HDDs/SSDs

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Command Center

Command Center is the next-gen multi-function software platform and allows easy visual adjustment of system settings, automatically tune fans or give complete freedom. It features an integrated unlimited RAM disk. With the Command Center mobile version, you can remote and monitor your PC wirelessly via your iPhone or Android phone.

Benefits:
- System Settings Adjustment
- Fan Curve Tuning
- Unlimited RAMDisk
- Mobile Control
 

 

Fan Curve Tuning   Unlimited RAMDisk   Mobile Control
 

Fan Curve Tuning helps to completely control all your fans to enable you to find the best balance of fan performance and silence.
 
Easily configure a RAMDisk to give an enormous speed boost to your system by storing your most used files in it.
 
MSI Command Center is an user-friendly and easy to use app that lets you control every aspect of your motherboard with your mobile device.

 

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Fast Boot

No more waiting for entering O/S! MSI Fast Boot helps to make motherboards boot lightning fast. MSI also adds the GO2BIOS button with-in. Simply click it to reset your PC and then go straight to the system BIOS.

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Live Update 5

MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving your time and lowering the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.


Features
- Automatically Detect the BIOS/Driver/VGA/Utility Update
- Support Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 32/64bit


 

 

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M-Flash

Compared to common motherboards which need extra BIOS chips, MSI's M-Flash has a double advantage which doesn't need extra components and secondly, all your BIOS data will be saved in the USB drive. The stored data does not only have backup and upgrade function, moreover, it can also be seen as a portable BIOS chip which is actually able to boot up your PC.

Features
- Backup/Restore Your BIOS to/from Any USB Flash Disk
- Avoid Unnecessary Repair Due to Accident Failures During The Upgrading Process
- Earn more BIOS Lifespan by Reducing Unnecessary Rewriting Process

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Click BIOS 4

 

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only reacting faster and running smoother, it also has better mouse support. This is all comes with many cool features, such as Hardware Monitor, Board Explorer, and OC Profile Preview.

Benefits:
- Optimizations for Latest Windows
- Hardware Monitor
- Board Explorer
- OC Profile Preview
 
  

 

Hardware Monitor

  Board Explorer

  OC Profile Preview

 
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 gives you detailed info about on-board components on mouse-over. Quickly identify connected ports and devices.
*Actual performance and photos vary by your system and model.
 
In the blink of an eye, you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the eight profiles you can have stored.
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USB Audio Power

 

MSI Reminds You...

  1. The specifications may differ from areas and we keep the right to change without notice. Please check the specific Specification with your local dealers.
  2. The color of the product might be affected by photography and the monitor's setting, which might be different from the real product.
Approved Award
2014-02
USA
MSI’s GAMING series of products sport a black/red theme that’s common among gaming products of many manufacturers. MSI’s theme is mostly black with red accents, which I like better than an even distribution or majority red. They also have the dragon logo in a few places, but it’s relatively subtle instead of “in your face” like some logos I’ve seen before. The Z87I GAMING AC and GTX 760 GAMING ITX both overclock well, allowing 4.5 GHz on the CPU and 1254 MHz on the GPU core. So, I was definitely satisfied with the overclocking ability. The performance with MSI’s ITX board and mini GTX 760 is great, despite the small size of the components. Overall, MSI’s Z87I GAMING AC motherboard and GTX 760 GAMING ITX graphics card make a great core for a performance per volume SFF PC.
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Recommended Award
2014-01
USA
The Z87 Gaming AC does have a lot going for it as well. First, MSI bundled in a wireless AC adapter so you won’t have to worry about slow network speeds or your PC not keeping up with wireless technology for a long time. Along with that MSI really packed in a lot into such a small form factor. You have more than enough USB ports on the rear with headers inside as well, five internal SATA connections, and the PCI Express x16 port. All together the board will be a perfect LAN rig or even a SteamBox.
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Silver Award
2014-01
USA
With gigantic towers going the way of the dinosaur and power coming in smaller and smaller configurations mini-ITX gaming oriented motherboards are more attractive than ever before. We put the Z87I GAMING AC to the test and find out if good things come in small packages or big headaches do.
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Editors Choice Award
2013-12
USA
Entertainment boxes that go near a television are all the rage nowadays. Look at the success of the Roku and entertainment apps on Playstation/Xbox consoles. Now we have the Steam boxes going into testing with the capability of high end gaming on the biggest screen in the house. However, haven’t we had this ability for quite some time by connecting a PC to our television? The answer, of course, is yes and no, yes you could have attached a bulky PC to your TV and gamed on that screen, but nothing as compact as a console.
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Smart buy
2013-11
USA
Z87 rules the PC enthusiast market by exposing the Haswell architecture's full feature set. We're particularly interested in mini-ITX-based platforms able to integrate Z87 in a compact form factor. Five boards contend for supremacy of compact computing.
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Smart Buy
2013-11
USA
Z87 rules the PC enthusiast market by exposing the Haswell architecture's full feature set. We're particularly interested in mini-ITX-based platforms able to integrate Z87 in a compact form factor. Five boards contend for supremacy of compact computing.
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4.5 stars
2014-04
France
MSI Z87I GAMING AC received a rating of 4.5/5 and managed to beat Asrock Z87E-ITX, Asus Z87I Pro, Asus Maximus VI Impact and Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI.
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Good
2014-03
Hungary
Hamar népszerűvé vált a jól árazott és észszerűen felszerelt Z87I, amelynek megérkezett a Gaming változata is. Ez a sárkányos fekete-piros dizájnt kapta!
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Excellent Hardware Z87i GAMING
2014-03
Germany
Es scheint egal zu sein, welches Mainboard die Taiwaner auf den Markt bringen, zumindest technisch sind sie in den meisten Fällen eine Wucht sondergleichen.
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Premium Grade
2014-03
United Kingdom
Coupled with a good set of features, excellent EFI and better overclocking, the Z87I Gaming AC is arguably a better buy than the Z87i-Pro.
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Editor's Choice
2014-03
United Kingdom
MSI’s Z87I Gaming AC motherboard is a solid choice for any gamer or system builder who wants the features and style of a gaming motherboard, the connectivity options of a prosumer motherboard and the performance and overclocking of an enthusiast motherboard.
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4/5
2014-02
United Kingdom
A gaming-focused update to our favourite Z87 mini-ITX mobo.
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Editor’s Choice
2014-02
United Kingdom
A quality little board, more than a match for the big boys in the same market, but with a bargain price tag.
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APC RECOMMENDEDS AWARD
2014-01
Australia
“A Gaming focused update to our favorite Z87 Mini ITX Motherboard (Z87I) This is a better board than the standard version in terms of features and performance..” “If you’re rocking an AC Router at home, you’ll hit some truly impressive transfer speeds over a wireless network..”
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Recommended Award
2014-01
Malaysia
The MSI Z87I Gaming AC is a tiny, yet great motherboard that works very well if you’re looking to build a tiny multimedia PC for home use or even for Steam’s Big Picture. Whole view: CHIP Malaysia Jan 2014
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Must Have
2014-01
United Kingdom
…an excellent option if you’re looking to downsize your gaming system without sacrificing usability and brute performance.
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Premium Grade
2014-01
United Kingdom
It snaps at the heels of far more expensive boards in the overclocking department and with WiFi and a great EFI all part of the package, the Z87I a very attractive proposition for a mini-ITX gaming system.
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Best in test
2014-01
Denmark
Lige nu er Z87I vores foretrukne mini-bundkort, som vi anbefaler til alle Intel-entusiaster, der vil lave en lille spilmaskine, unden at skulle ofre store summer.
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Gold award
2014-01
Netherlands
Is gamen je primaire gebruiksdoel, dan is de MSI Z87I Gaming AC een goede keus.
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Silver award
2014-01
Netherlands
Wil je een beetje overklokken maar niet te extreem, dan is de MSI Z87I een goede en betaalbare optie.
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Recommanded
2014-01
Malaysia
The MSI Z87I Gaming AC is a tiny, yet great motherboard that works very well if you’re looking to build a tiny multimedia PC for home use or even for Steam’s Big Picture.
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Golden
2014-01
Spain
La placa MSI Z87I Gaming AC ofrece una excelente combinación de altas prestaciones con el formato más compacto posible.
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Gold award
2013-12
Netherlands
De MSI Z87I Gaming AC is een prima Mini ITX bordje met een prima featureset voor gamers en meer dan voldoende tweak-mogelijkheden.
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High functionality
2013-12
Ukraine
Подводя итоги нашего знакомства с компактной Mini-ITX материнской платой MSI Z87I GAMING AC, предназначенной в первую очередь для геймеров, можно смело сделать вывод, что перед нами одно из самых интересных устройств подобного формата на рынке.
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Gold
2013-12
United Kingdom
A jaw-dropping motherboard with performance up there with the very best.
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Gold
2013-12
France
Pour 888 €, nous sommes clairement face à une excellente machine, et grâce à certains composants comme le boitier, le watercooling ou encore l’alimentation, nous parvenons à ne pas faire exploser la note, merci à Cooler Master qui nous sert trois produits absolument excellents. MSI n’est pas en reste avec sa carte mère ITX complète et capable d’OC le CPU. Le GTX 760 fait aussi très bien le travail et en silence qui plus est. Bref, une petite machine « accessible » et performante.
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Gold
2013-11
United Kingdom
Right now, the Z87I is our favorite mini-mobo.
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Premium Grade
2013-11
United Kingdom
It snaps at the heels of far more expensive boards in the overclocking department.
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Premium Grade
2013-11
United Kingdom
“It snaps at the heels of far more expensive boards in the overclocking department.„ “…with WiFi and a great EFI all part of the package, the Z87I a very attractive proposition for a mini-ITX gaming system. The fact that it costs £40 less than the Asus Z87I-Pro makes it particularly good value too.„
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Value
2013-11
United Kingdom
‘…the performance that you get from the MSI Z87I motherboard in such a small package give it a very good bang for buck, so on that basis it will get our Value Award."
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VALUE
2013-11
United Kingdom
“‘…the performance that you get from the MSI Z87I motherboard in such a small package give it a very good bang for buck, so on that basis it will get our Value Award."„
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Silver
2013-11
Netherlands
“The Z87I is the cheapest Z87 - ITX board in this test.„ “The MSI Z87I uses MSI's EFI BIOS, which is working like a charm.„
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GOLD
2013-11
United Kingdom
“Right now, the Z87I is our favorite mini-mobo.„
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Recommended
2013-10
Australia
If you value performance over audio and wifi quality, theMSI Z87I just edges out the Asrock Z87E-ITX
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Recommended
2013-08
Ukraine
“As for the tested motherboard, it's all right with it. It costs quite decent money and provides the user with almost everything he needs for everyday use. Reliable and high performance components allow the system work for a long time even under constant high temperatures.„
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Recommended Hardware
2013-08
Germany
“With the MSI Z87I you can create a powerful gaming system just like with an ATX or Micro-ATX mainboard, just by adding a graphics card.„ “The MSI Z87I is a very successful implementation of the Z87 chipset on a mini - ITX board. The performance and features of the board should be sufficient for almost all possible applications and it comes close to the larger ATX and Micro -ATX board. And the best part is that MSI Z87I is currently the cheapest version of a Z87 mini - ITX board with costs at 110-120 euros. The MSI Z87I offers high quality and usefull equipment at a very attractive price and we therefore provide a clear recommendation.„
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Premium Grade
2013-08
United Kingdom
““When a product this good is virtually half the price of some of the competition. we can’t help but give the MSI Z87I a Premium Grade.”„
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The High functionality
2013-08
Ukraine
“MSI represented by the model MSI Z87I showed that with the right approach. compact board can no yield its full-size counterparts. Indeed. the new product has a very high functionality. Quality components and a good implementation of the CPU PWM also clearly hint that the installation of hi-end components will not be a problem for MSI Z87I.„
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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
    2
  • Max Memory (GB)
    16
  • PCI-Ex16
    1
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3 (16)
  • SATAIII
    4
  • RAID
    0/1/5/10
  • LAN
    10/100/1000*2
  • USB 3.0 ports (Front)
    2
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
    4
  • USB 2.0 ports (Front)
    2
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
    2
  • Audio ports (Rear)
    6+Optical SPDIF
  • DisplayPort
    1
  • HDMI
    1
  • DVI
    1
  • VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
    1024
  • DirectX
    DX11
  • Form Factor
    Mini-ITX

 

1. Specifications may differ depending on your location, and we reserve the right to change without notice. Please check with your local dealers for detailed specifications.
2. Due to photography and/or monitor settings, coloration of product images may vary from actual product.

 

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