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The Z97S SLI Krait Edition Desktop Motherboard from MSI lets you build your own customizable computer system for the office and home. This ATX motherboard supports a 5th- and 4th-generation Intel Core series processor as well as Pentium and Celeron. It has four RAM slots that let you add up to 32GB of memory. For connecting optical or storage drives, this motherboard features six SATA III connections. In addition, it has M.2 and SATA Express connectors that provide up to 10 Gb/s data transfer rate for faster access to your data.
The MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition motherboard offers high-end 3D graphics support with two optional graphics cards linked via NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire. If you want to build a system for multimedia entertainment, this motherboard and your Intel Core processor allow you to watch a movie in 4K resolutions via the HDMI port. To complete the multimedia experience, it provides 7.1-channel audio with Realtek ALC892 codec. This motherboard comes with a RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port to access the network. For connecting to other peripherals and devices, it has a PS/2, VGA, DVI-D, two USB 2.0, and four USB 3.0 ports. Included along with the motherboard are a software disc, I/O back panel, and SATA cable.
Faster Storage Solutions
MSI offers high-speed storage support through M.2 and SATA Express. These connections transfer data through a PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface that provides a transfer rate up to 10 Gb/s, which makes them 67% faster than SATA III solutions.
M.2 is packed in a small form factor and is compatible with three different sizes to fit more storage solutions.
MSI offers an optional M.2 to SATA Express convertor for more convenience.
Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards
This MSI motherboard features two PCI Express 3.0 slots that are aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will not have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying high-end graphics with a NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire gaming setup.
Military Class 4
Super Ferrite Chokes use a ferrite core, which is super-permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Chokes to run at a 95°F (35°C) lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.
Dark Choke uses the special core design and allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature with higher capacity and better power efficiency and stability.
With specially designed circuit protection, the MSI motherboard protects the CPU against overheating and USB devices from short-circuiting.
OC Genie 4
With the one-second overclocking option OC Genie, MSI is giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC's performance is boosted with ease.
Click BIOS 4
The UEFI BIOS is optimized for Windows 8. This BIOS allows your system to react faster, run smoother, has better mouse support, and more.
MSI's Command Center software pushes your motherboard to the max. With an intuitive touch ready interface, Command Center allows you to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance, and adjust cooling features.
MSI Live Update software automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS, and software. Your system is always configured using the latest software so you get the maximum performance and stability.
You can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than an SSD with RAMdisk. This virtual drive lets you speed up system performance, load complete game images, and speed up games, apps, and the browser.
The MSI Smart Utilities application helps you easily setup, configure, and boost your systems' performance and more through Intel Rapid Start, Smart Response, and Smart Connect.
MSI Fast Boot helps to make your system boot faster. MSI Fast Boot also features a GO2BIOS button that lets you restart your PC and go straight to the system BIOS.
HDMI 4K UHD Support
This motherboard is equipped with the HDMI port that supports 4K UHD (2160p ultra-high definition) resolution to provide a better visual experience.
1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz 1 x VGA port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
Realtek ALC892 Codec - 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse combo port 2 x USB 2.0 ports 1 x HDMI port 1 x Realtek 8111G Gigabit Ethernet port 4 x USB 3.0 ports 1 x VGA port 1 x DVI-D port 6 x Audio jacks
Internal I/O Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector 1 x 8-pin ATX 12 V power connector 6 x SATA 6 Gb/s connectors 1 x SATA Express port 1 x M.2 port 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports) 1 x USB 3.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports) 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors 3 x 4-pin system fan connectors 1 x TPM module connector 1 x Serial port connector 1 x Parallel port connector 1 x Front panel audio connector 2 x System panel connectors 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector 1 x Clear CMOS jumper