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GAMING Series motherboards

Let the games begin

MSI® GAMING motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

The best gaming weapons at hand

  • The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer™ E2200 Game Networking
  • Crystal clear sound with Audio Boost
  • Top quality audio solution with Sound Blaster Cinema
  • Superb graphics with VGA Boost
  • Blazing fast booting with Super RAID
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Military Class 4 Components
  • OC Genie 4 & Click BIOS 4
  • Optimized for multiple graphics cards
  • Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading

Available in all form factors and chipsets

MSI gaming motherboards are available in all form factors from the regular ATX to the small micro ATX and now the new, tiny mini-ITX. But a smaller size doesn't mean you get less features! For instance, besides their stunning looks, all MSI GAMING motherboards feature Killer LAN, Audio Boost and Gaming Device Port, regardless of their form factor. Additionally the new the new Z87I GAMING AC and the AMD FM2+ GAMING also feature USB Audio Power to give you the crispest audio solution if you use an USB DAC and it comes equipped with Intel 802.11ac for blistering fast wireless transfer speeds. You can get MSI's gaming motherboards with a variety of chipsets, ranging from Intel© Z87, H87, B85 to AMD A88X chipsets.

Killer™ E2200 Game Networking

Kill your lag!

The Killer™ E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect™, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.

Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping. This enables true multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day.

Network traffic
Game traffic
Other traffic

USB Audio Power

USB Audio Power is a breakthrough in Home Theater Entertainment audio quality. Using an unique design, the USB ports onboard provide a TRUE 5V signal that doesn't drop when more devices are connected.This simply means better signal quality over USB, especially for devices that rely on a perfect signal, like USB DAC's as they rely on a perfect transmission of audio bits from the motherboard to the DAC. This also means that external low-noise power supplies are no longer essential for better audio quality as USB Audio Power is able to deliver an optimum USB signal.

Benefits

  • Enhances USB Audio Quality
  • Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB
MSI Real USB Power (5V) Traditional solutions (4.6V)
ATX power 12V USB Audio Power Stable 5V Rear I/O USB 5v out
Rear I/O USB (5V) USB Audio Power (12V) ATX power

Audio Boost

Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games.

Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability.

The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your gaming PC.

  • Studio level Integrated 600Ω Headphone amplifier
  • Gold-flashed audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • EMI shielded audio codec & amplifier
  • High quality audio capacitors
ALC 1150
Unamplified signal
OPA1652 amplifier
High quality audio capacitors
Amplified & filtered signal
Gold plated connectors

Top quality audio solution with Sound Blaster Cinema

SoundBlaster Cinema features

Hear your enemies perfectly , even on an ear-drum shattering battlefield. Thanks to Sound Blaster Cinema, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones. Your most important gaming sound effects are reproduced crystal clear allowing you to focus on your game even during extremely long gaming sessions.

Powered by the SBX Pro Studio technologies, Sound Blaster Cinema enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments, making your ears a decisive tool on the battlefield.

Super RAID

With MSI Super RAID you can combine hard drives, SSDs and mSATA into blazing fast bootable drives. Load your operating system, videos or even games faster than ever. You can now enjoy the benefits of bigger and faster storage, without all the trouble that normally surround RAID configurations.

Easily Setup The Latest Technologies:

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

Gaming Device Port

You want more FPS, lower ping, but why use a pro-gaming mouse with old-fashioned standards? MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized for high polling rate mice (500 to 1000 Hz) which lowers your mouse's response time from 8 milliseconds to 1 millisecond! This gives a much smoother mouse response in games. The additional gold plating on the ports enhances the durability drastically and ensures your PS/2 and USB ports are always working when you ship out to a LAN party.

Gaming benefit

  • More responsive
  • Smoother gameplay
  • Faster reactions

Technical benefits

  • 3x more gold than regular connectors
  • 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
  • Prevents oxidation

Military Class 4 components

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-c Cap, Super Ferrite Choke and Solid CAPs will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme conditions.

Hi-c CAP

A Hi-c CAP is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAP`s MSI mainboards are the most energy efficient in the market.

Dark CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP's have been a staple in high-end design motherboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

Super Ferrite Choke

Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

Military Class essentials

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

Military Class 4 components

TüV Certified

All MSI Z87 GAMING motherboards have passed Germany's TüV Lab's testing for long term stability, network quality for gaming and audio quality. TüV certify an expected MSI GAMING motherboards' lifetime of 25 YEARS.
Because of this, you can be sure to enjoy a stable gaming desktop PC for a very long time!

Laggers
OC Genie 4
GAMING Mode
120%
* Features may vary according to your platform and model

OC Genie 4

OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this new generation of OC Genie, we're giving you even more performance.  The OC Genie button works as you expect it to, but now you have even more control. Flick the OC_MODE switch from the normal "Turbo" to "GAMING" and your PC gets another adrenalin shot! For the more advanced overclockers, we give you complete control of your settings with "My OC Genie".

Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Besides that, it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And all this comes with advanced and cool features.

Hardware Monitor

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

This feature shows the user a visual representation of all the connectors of the motherboard and displays which devices are connected. In case of a device having a bad connection you can easily trace it with board explorer.

OC Profiles Preview

With OC profiles you can rapidly switch between settings and you can save up to 8 profiles. In the blink of an eye, you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the stored profiles.

Memory presets

With our new memory presets you can easily select the optimized memory profile for your motherboard for the maximum performance.

Optimized for multiple graphics cards

NVIDIA SLI/AMD CrossFireX/VirtuMVP 2.0

MSI GAMING motherboards feature one or more PCI-Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running a NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD Crossfire gaming setup.

Lucid Virtu MVP 2 is the latest GPU Virtualization technology allowing you to utilize your CPU's integrated Intel HD graphics cores in combination with a powerful discrete graphics card to get more gaming performance! Virtual V-Sync is the most important feature for gamers as it allows you to run at a smooth fixed framerate, without compromising in mouse responsiveness, which is the biggest drawback of traditional V-Sync.

Command Center

Total control

MSI's exclusive Command Center software is a very powerful tool to push your motherboard to the max. 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.

Graphical fan control & monitoring

Command Center features a total new fan control interface from which users can control all fans' speed on the motherboard and set profiles. Users can real-time monitor the status of the fans as well as record fan speed, voltage and temperate status into a log file. This feature is both convenient for pro-gamers and overclockers.

Unlimited RAMdisk

MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk with the retail value of $35. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD. There are options to load complete game images, you can speed up your browser or your page file which increases your whole system's performance.

Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading

Tired of everlasting loading screens? The MSI Gaming series motherboards offer support for DDR3-3000 MHz memory modules. That way, you will not have to miss out on any gaming action because your in-game levels will be loaded superfast!

Super Charger

With MSI Super Charger you can simply deliver MORE power to your smartphone, tablet, USB game controller or portable console. This allows you to quickly charge these devices for use when you're not gaming on your PC, eliminating the need for wall power sockets.

GO2BIOS

Entering a BIOS can be a frustrating job. Because nowadays motherboards boot lightning fast, MSI added the GO2BIOS button. Simply push it before you start or restart your system and you'll go straight to the system's BIOS when your motherboard powers on.

Total Fan Control

Total Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans to enable you to find the best balance of fan performance and silence. Because you can also monitor and record all your fan information, a great pool of information is available to base the fan settings on.

Dragon heat sink

With an awesome product comes an inspiring heat sink! Styled after the iconic MSI GAMING Dragon. The heat sink is oversized to provide the best thermal transfer and heat dissipation to enable your PC to just game 24 hours per day.

Package content

What's in the box? Check it out for yourself! Besides a plethora of necessary cables and connectors you also get a cool Do-Not-Disturb door-hanger, a slick gaming case badge and a stylish gaming I/O panel.

Back side of I/O Panel

  • Aluminium Interference Shielding (NEW)
  • Force Absorbing Layer (NEW)
  • Steel Shielding

Front side of I/O Panel

  • I/O Panel Ports Label
  • Dark coating

OC essentials

A small set of tools that are essential to get the best performance out of your motherboard. These features increase stability, assist in trouble shooting, allow you to keep your complete system in check and allow for simple management. This way you can keep your mind on gaming and be confident that you have the tools to maximize your performance.

  • MultiBIOS
  • V-Check points
  • Debug LED
  • Clear CMOS button
  • Easy Button 3

Connectivity

  • Audio Boost
    • 30µg gold plated audio connectors
    • Amplified audio

    PS/2 gaming device port / 2x USB 2.0

    Higher polling frequency (1000 Hz):
    • More responsive
    • Faster reactions
    Triple gold plated PS/2 and USB ports
    • 10x longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
    • Prevents oxidation
  • Clear CMOS button
  • Coaxial S/PDIF-out / optical S/PDIF-out
  • D-Sub port / DVI port
  • KILLER LAN / USB 3.0 ports
  • USB 3.0 ports / HDMI port
  • 8 ch. analog audio with Audio Boost