MSI Shows Z97 Motherboards Including Mini-ITX

Written by Antony Leather

April 15, 2014 // 3:37 p.m.

Tags: #lga1150 #mini-itx #msi #msi-z97-gaming #z97 #z97-itx

Following a leak that showed images of future products, MSI has released a few previously locked-down images of its new range of motherboards.

We're assuming they sport Intel's anticipated Z97 chipset, which still uses LGA1150 CPUs, and is set for launch this summer.

As we reported here, there will be several 'Gaming-series' motherboards, but the images show Gaming 3, Gaming 5, Gaming 7 and Gaming 9 name titles in addition to a mini-ITX board.

Many of the boards feature 802.11ac WiFi adaptors, with the mini-ITX board sporting what appears to be a custom, integrated adaptor on the I/O panel, rather than a standard slot on the PCB.

The Gaming 9 model looks like quite a beast, with an imposing red and black colour scheme and we also spotted an M.2 expansion slot between the two lower 16x PCI-E slots along with voltage measuring points near the on-board power button.

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Gaming 3 and Gaming 5 motherboards - click to enlarge

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Gaming 7 and Gaming 9 motherboards - click to enlarge

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The Gaming 3, Gaming 5 and Gaming 7 also offer the M.2 expansion slot, which suggests this will be a familiar feature on Z97 boards, although it appears to be absent from the funky-looking mini-ITX model.

What do you make of MSI's new line-up? Let us know in the forum.

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