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MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard Review

A few months ago we had the honor of reviewing the new MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboards during the launch of the Z97 chipset. Today, we are here again to look at another MSI motherboard. We have MSI's flagship Gaming Motherboard the MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC. At first glance the MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC motherboard looks rather close aesthetically to the Gaming 5 we reviewed. While the looks are similiar, the Gaming 9 has some additional features and aesthetic improvements that make it stand out on its own. The first obvious improvement on the Gaming 9 motherboard is the shield that covers the rear I/O port section and the isolated PCB for its sound card. During the Z97 chipset many manufacturers started to switch over to using higher quality Japanese capacitors and while the caps were much better in quality they looked rather ugly on many of the new boards. It was nice to see that MSI designed the Gaming 9 series motherboard with the shield to cover up that section making the motherboard look much sexier. Let's dive in and put the MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC Motherboard to the test and see how it performed against its little brother the Gaming 5. But before we do that, let's talk a little about who MSI is.



Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti Release and Pricing

Just yesterday, NVIDIA released the remaining details on the 780 Ti. Nothing was terribly surprising, it will be released on November 7th with a recommended e-tail price of $699. Following the release, the price of the 780 and 770 will be dropped to $499 and $329 respectively. Buyers of the 780 Ti will also get the “The Way It’s Meant to Be Played Holiday Bundle with SHIELD” which comes with three free games and $100 off the Shield gaming device. The same goes for 780, 770, 760 and 660, (although the 760 and 660 only come with two free games and only $50 off shield). Here’s the official release from Nvidia:





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