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MSI Nightblade Z97 4 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 3.5GHz 8GB 1.1TB HDD+SSD

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17 Reasons For

MSI Has Good Reviews for Its Desktop Computers

On average MSI medium processor core personal computers have good ratings compared to other brands as do all PCs manufactured by MSI.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many personal computers that came out around the same time as it.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of personal computers of a similar age and spec to the Nightblade Z97 range from 640MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. At 1,200 megahertz, the Nightblade Z97 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other computers of a comparable spec and age to the Nightblade Z97.

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Six USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports

The Nightblade Z97 is a six USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port desktop computer.

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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

At 4,096 gigabytes, the Nightblade Z97 has a fairly big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Nightblade Z97. The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of medium processor core personal computers that were released one year ago is 1GB and the biggest is 8.2TB.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Nightblade Z97 is 1.3GHz, the fastest is 4GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 3.1GHz. With a processor clock speed of 3.5 gigahertz, the MSI Nightblade Z97 has one of the faster processor clock speeds amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.

If you would prefer a PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to consider the HP Z230 (3.6GHz).

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Quite Big Hard Drive Capacity

With a hard drive capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the MSI Nightblade Z97 has a quite big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other PCs of this age and type. Across all the medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as the Nightblade Z97 the hard drive capacity range from 1GB to 3TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 930GB.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 1,128 gigabyte, the MSI Nightblade Z97 has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other PCs of this type and age. Computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Nightblade Z97 have total storage capacity of between 4GB and 3.6TB, and the average total storage capacity is 840GB.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most commonly supported PCI Express slots version on comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to it.

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L3 Processor Cache Level

This desktop computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is the most commonly found processor cache level on personal computers that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Two Storage Drives Installed

The MSI Nightblade Z97 has more storage drives installed than most of the computers of a comparable age and type to the Nightblade Z97. This MSI computer is a two storage drive installed desktop computer compared to most of the computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Nightblade Z97 which only have one storage drive installed.

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Two HDMI Port

The MSI Nightblade Z97 has more HDMI port than most of the medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Nightblade Z97. This computer is a two HDMI port computer compared to most of the medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a similar time to the Nightblade Z97 which only have one HDMI port.

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Six USB 3.0 Ports

The MSI Nightblade Z97 is a six USB 3.0 port personal computer.

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7.1 Audio Output Channel

This personal computer has a 7.1 audio output channel, which is the most frequently found audio output channel on comparable spec PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Supports One Case Placement

The Nightblade Z97 has a greater number of placements than most desktop computers that have been around for more than a year. This MSI computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most frequently supported case placement supported by similar spec PCs that are a comparable age to the Nightblade Z97.

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DVD Super Multi Optical Drive Type

The optical drive type of this PC is DVD Super Multi, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that were released more than a year ago.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This desktop computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly supported discrete graphics memory type on comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for a similar time to it.

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3 Reasons Against

Only HDD Storage Medium

The storage speed of this desktop computer is HDD+SSD, which is typical of many medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as it. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

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Only One PS/2 Port

Most medium processor core personal computers that came out more than a year ago have one PS/2 port, including the Nightblade Z97 which has one PS/2 port.

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Heavy

The Nightblade Z97 is one of the heavier medium processor core personal computers that have been around for more than a year (10 kilograms) amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age. The weights of comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to the Nightblade Z97 range from 38g to 100kg, and the average weight is 7.5kg.

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2 Other reasons to consider the MSI Nightblade Z97

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this PC was released.

Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Nightblade Z97 has a pretty standard internal memory compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that have been available for around the same time as the Nightblade Z97.

If you would prefer a desktop computer with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the Acer Aspire XC-705 (£449.00) (10GB).

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Specification

Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Thread
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Cache Level
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Stepping
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Processor Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Hard Drive Capacity
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Solid State Drive Installed
Hard Drive
Storage Drive Installed
Integrated Card Reader
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Execution Unit
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Displayssupported by On-Board Grap
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
WiFi Standard
WiFi
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
ESATA Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
Line-Out Port
Line-In Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
PS/2 Port
DisplayPort
HDMI Port
DVI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Design
Chassis Type
Case Placement
Case Colour
Water Cooling System
Performance
Audio Output Channel
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
OS Guard
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Instruction Set
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Scalability
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Smart Cache
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Software Driver Included
Manual
Cable Included
Display Included
Other Features
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology

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Expert Reviews

(38)
29 January 2015

Nightblade is the name of the lastest ITX gaming solution from MSI. Due to its compact dimensions and the high-end components inside, the Nightblade is a mini system perfect for everybody who need... Read more…

22 December 2014

All in all, the refreshed MSI GAMING Nightblade Z97 is just as attractive as the previous version plus it is also much cheaper compared to the Z87 variant. However, the lower price does come with...

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17 October 2014

This is a gaming box, and hence comes in black and red, because there's no other gaming colours ever, even if once upon a time you might have heard there were. This gamingness is gamified further... Read more…

25 September 2014

What really sets the Nightblade apart from any other barebones on the market is the fact that this is built specially to be a LAN rig. MSI made it easy to carry with a built in handle and with its...

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26 August 2014

Before I start this part, I would like to tell the reason for not posting the CPU benchmarks. The two processors I used included the Core i7-4790K and Pentium G3258. I have already performed...

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User Reviews

(10)
Reviewed 2 October 2014 by Afsana I.
(Verified Purchase)

I have read of lots of people having issues with space, but I found there to be too much space. There was enough extra room to even re-route most of the cables out of sight. Even with all of... Read more…

Reviewed 24 February 2015 by Alexander K.
(Verified Purchase)

This is my first barebone system and overall I'm very happy with it. It was literally plug and play and I had zero issues overclocking my RAM / CPU with the OC button. My build runs cool and it... Read more…

Reviewed 21 February 2015 by Nick R.
(Verified Purchase)

Make sure it works before you ship it. Now you waisted hours of my time...

Reviewed 16 December 2014 by Coy H.
(Verified Purchase)

Overall I love this system, its small, powerful and quiet. My Build: CPU - Intel Core i7-4790K RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 16GB Hard Drive - Crucial MX100... Read more…

Reviewed 30 January 2015 by Aaron B.
(Verified Purchase)

All and all the Nightblade is worth every penny at $400. There is a MIB for 50 bucks going on also. GRAB it now. The bugger is very compact and is smaller than most mini itx's I have seen in the... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers z97009, z97009e, z97009eu, 9s6b07911009, nightbladez97009
Barcodes 04719072386320

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