Product Comparison: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 vs ASUS Z97-A


General Specifications
Brand
MSI
ASUS
Model
Z97 GAMING 5
Z97-A
Origin
China
China
About the Product
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.
Asus Z97-A. One click takes care of all that complex tuning. Your PC is smart with ASUS 5-Way Optimization. Get robust overclocking, energy savings, digital power, customized fan control and tailored networking and audio settings.
Key Specs
Form Factor
ATX
ATX
Socket
LGA1150
LGA1150
Chipset
Intel Z97 Express
Intel Z97
Supported Processors
Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core, Intel Pentium, Celeron
Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core
Memory Slot Type
240 pin
240 pin
What customers say about "Key Specs"
MSI Z97 GAMING 5 Performance Motherboard
  • Supports great processors. Fast.
  • I am using a i7 4.0 GHz so I have fantastic performance. That’s a very nice processor that comes with a real nice fan – plug and play.
  • Compatible with pretty much everything on the market in terms of 4th gen processors.
  • Currently using this motherboard with a i4690k processor and GTX970 video card. Good support.
  • Motherboard works beautifully, has a very nice look to it and had no issues with my I7 4790k processor.
ASUS Z97-A ATX Gaming Motherboard
  • Works fine, and the processor still works great.
  • This is perfect for any of the intel 4th gen processors (I3, I5, I7).
  • Great board, works fine with latest generation intel i7 processors.
  • The upgrade from an amd fx series processor to an i7 is amazing.
  • I purchased the Intel I7 4790K (4.0Ghz) processor to go with this. Works very well.
Size & Weight
Height
12 in.
12 in.
Width
9.6 in.
9.6 in.
Depth
2.59 in.
2.7 in.
Weight
3.57 lbs.
1.57 lbs.

MSI Z97 GAMING 5

ASUS Z97-A

MSI Z97 GAMING 5

ASUS Z97-A

MSI Z97 GAMING 5

ASUS Z97-A

MSI Z97 GAMING 5

ASUS Z97-A

Memory
Memory Type
DDR3
DDR3
Maximum Speed
3300 MHz
3200 MHz
Number Of Memory Slots
4
4
Max. Memory Supported
32 GB
32 GB

MSI Z97 GAMING 5

ASUS Z97-A

MSI Z97 GAMING 5

ASUS Z97-A

MSI Z97 GAMING 5

ASUS Z97-A

What customers say about "Memory"
MSI Z97 GAMING 5 Performance Motherboard
  • Fast Boot loads Windows 10 in less than 10 seconds with SSD. Good memory speed.
  • Good Basic MSI Board. Good memory compatibility.
  • Recognized my memory's xmp settings perfectly. Good speed.
  • RAM slots 3 and 4 were faulty, I had no need for them as I was running everything off of the first two slots.
  • My first unit had a bad memory channel so only 2 RAM slots worked.
ASUS Z97-A ATX Gaming Motherboard
  • Works well with overclocked memory.
  • 4 DDR3 Memory slots with a maximum support of 32 GB.
  • Has my 4790k at 4.4 GHZ and my memory at full speed 2133mhz. A lot of memory slots.
  • Amazing motherboard for the price. Good memory speed.
  • Excellent motherboard with good memory speed.
Connectivity
PCI
7
5
PCI-E
3x PCIe 3.0 x16, 4x PCIe 2.0 x1
2x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16, PCIe 2.0 x16, 2x PCIe 2.0 x1
HDMI
1
1
USB
6x USB 3.0, 8x USB 2.0
6x USB 3.1 Gen1, 8x USB 2.0/1.1
SATA
6
6
Other Interfaces
M.2, Serial port connector, PS/2, RJ-45, VGA, DVI-D, 6x audio jacks
M.2, PS/2, DVI-D, VGA, DisplayPоrt, RJ-45, Optical S/PDIF out, 5x audio jacks, Thunderbolt

MSI Z97 GAMING 5

ASUS Z97-A

What customers say about "Connectivity"
MSI Z97 GAMING 5 Performance Motherboard
  • Very easily labeled connections for easy location. Easy install.
  • Fit was perfect and plenty of connections for everything else in the case.
  • Many fan connectors. Works great.
  • Plenty of connection options. I like it.
  • Plenty of connections. M.2 slot, utilizing the PCIE lanes, instead of SATA.
ASUS Z97-A ATX Gaming Motherboard
  • The M.2 SSD connection only runs at PCI-e 2x rather than 4x. Good connect.
  • Lots of fan connecters, even a spare CPU 4pin for a water cooler pump! Easy connect.
  • Plenty of USB connections. Nice connectivity.
  • I have an I5 4670k connecting with it and it works well. Easy connectivity.
  • I have connected 4 case fans and the CPU fan on this one. Good and easy connect. I like it!
Features
Native Audio
Realtek ALC1150
Realtek ALC892
Additional Accessories Included
Driver disk, I/O Shield, SATA Cable, M-Connector, Audio Power Adapter, USB 3.0 Bracket, SLI Cable
I/O Shield, 3x SATA cables, SLI Bridge Connector, Q-connector, Driver disk
Extras
Audio Boost 2, Smart Fan Control, MSI Super Charger, MSI's Command Center software, Super stable with Guard-Pro, Boost your FPS
Dual Intelligent Processors, Crystal Sound 2, ASUS HomeCloud, Fan Xpert 3, Special memory overclocking design, Ultra-fast transfer speed, Turbo LAN
What customers say about "Features"
MSI Z97 GAMING 5 Performance Motherboard
  • Lot's of features. Easy to use.
  • Solid board, good features. Get it.
  • Great features all around. Looks wicked in my case even with blue LED's.
  • Great value and feature mid range gaming board. Perfect LED lighting along Audio chipset.
  • Quality Components. Feature Rich BIOS.
ASUS Z97-A ATX Gaming Motherboard
  • As for features, this thing has a ton including power management and fan control.
  • I have tried to use the "5 Way Optimization" feature, so I can attest to how well it works. Good. I like it.
  • It has the ASUS famous 5-way optimization and other value added features that are part of the higher offerings.
  • The UEFI BIOS seems very nice generally and feature loaded for overclocking.
  • Good board, lots of features and a graphical BIOS typically found in this price segment.
Power
Power Connectors
24-pin ATX, 8-pin ATX 12V
24-pin EATX, 8-pin ATX 12V
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE, FCC
CE, FCC
Other Information
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