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MSI Announces Z97 Gaming 9 AC Flagship Motherboard

When MSI first launched their Z97 Gaming Series motherboards they were made up of the Z97 Gaming 3, Z97 Gaming 5, and Z97 Gaming 7. MSI has now introduced a new high-end addition, the Z97 Gaming 9 AC. This board is targeted directly at high-end gaming PC builds.

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

The board features a 16-phase VRM for the CPU which is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slot, three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x8/x4/x4 when all three are populated). 3-way CrossFire and SLI is supported.

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

For wired connectivity you have Broadcom’s newer Killer E2205 gigabit NIC. Wireless on the other hand is handled by an Intel-made chipset that will give you 802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Storage comes in the form of eight SATA 6GB/s port and an M.2 slot, no SATA Express here. Overclocking features on the board include voltage measurement points, a POST LED display, OC Genie button, and power and rest button.

MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC

Expect this board to go for around $200.

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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