Two other expert review sites both thought that this medium processor core desktop computer was good. This personal computer received a "Performance" award from HEXUS.net and Overclock3d.net decided that it was very good and gave it a "Silver Award".
The editors of three other expert review sites all said that this desktop computer was good. 01net.com gave this PC a "4 Star" award, it received a "Quality" award from Frazpc.pl and it received a "Great Buy" award from Hard-h2o.com.
Expert Reviews Are Good
Based on fifteen expert reviews from sites including hwt.dk, apcmag.com, overclock3d.net and ocaholic.ch.english this desktop computer has an average expert rating of 83%. The expert review sites think this computer is one of the better desktop computers of a similar age and spec.
Good Owner Reviews
On average, based on 11 owner reviews the average owner rating of this personal computer is 89%.
MSI Computers Have Good Reviews
Medium processor core personal computers produced by MSI have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all desktop computers (not just medium processor core personal computers) and found that MSI also has good ratings across its entire range.
One MSI Nightblade Z97 owner wrote in their reviews that it was compact. Expert website Ocaholic.ch.english said in December last year “Due to its compact dimensions and the high-end components inside” in their review of the MSI Nightblade Z97.
One customer who reviewed the MSI Nightblade Z97 concluded that it was easy to carry around.
One person mentioned in their reviews that the MSI Nightblade Z97 was a good design. Two years ago Liveatpc.com mentioned “MSI has kept the design simple with no odd or flashy protrusions on the unit” in their review of the MSI Nightblade Z97.
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Good for Gaming
Some customers who reviewed the product mentioned that it was good for gaming. Apcmag.com rated this PC 70 out of 100 and wrote “This is a gaming box” in their review of this PC. Expert review site Uk.hardware.info wrote in their review “A true gaming PC was not yet on the product list, untill the MSI Nightblade was introduced” . Expert website Chip.com.my wrote “It was the GAMING Nightblade barebones system that was designed to provide gamers with an easy solution when it comes to building a portab”.
Several people who purchased it reckoned that it was well made. Expert website Lanoc.org mentioned “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” in their review of this PC. Lanoc.org also said “MSI made it easy to carry with a built in handle and with its large PSU”.
64-Bit Processor Operating Mode
This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many desktop computers of this age and type.
Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of desktop computers of this spec and age is 1,100MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 640MHz to 1,300MHz. The Nightblade Z97 has one of the fastest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (1,250 megahertz) amongst comparable spec personal computers of this age.
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 computer.
Very Fast Processor Clock Speed
The processor clock speed of the MSI Nightblade Z97 of 4 gigahertz is one of the fastest amongst comparable spec PCs that are a similar age to the Nightblade Z97. The processor clock speeds of medium processor core personal computers that are a similar age to the Nightblade Z97 range from 1.3GHz to 4GHz.
Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity
The MSI Nightblade Z97 has a quite big total storage capacity (1,128 gigabyte) compared to most of the other computers of a similar type and age to the Nightblade Z97. Comparable spec desktop computers that have been available 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.
Desktop computers with a bigger total storage capacity that might be worth considering include the Lenovo Thinkstation P500 (1.3TB) which also has a higher rating.
Quite Big Internal Memory
The average internal memory of PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Nightblade Z97 is 8.3GB. The MSI Nightblade Z97 has one of the bigger internal memory (8 gigabytes) amongst computers of this age.
3 PCI Express Slots Version
This desktop computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is typical of many computers of a similar age and type to it.
L3 Processor Cache Level
This personal computer has a L3 processor cache level, which is the most commonly found processor cache level on medium processor core personal computers that were launched around the same time as it.
Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency
PCs of a similar type and age to the Nightblade Z97 have maximum turbo frequencies of between 1.8GHz and 4.4GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.6GHz. With a maximum turbo frequency of 4.4 gigahertz, the Nightblade Z97 has a very fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other desktop computers of a comparable type and age to the Nightblade Z97.
Two Storage Drives Installed
The MSI Nightblade Z97 is a two storage drive installed desktop computer.
Two HDMI Port
The MSI Nightblade Z97 is a two HDMI port desktop computer. Most of the other comparable spec desktop computers that were launched more than a year ago only have one HDMI port.
Two ESATA Ports
The Nightblade Z97 has more ESATA ports than most of the medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Nightblade Z97. This computer is a two ESATA port computer compared to most of the medium processor core personal computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Nightblade Z97 which only have one ESATA port.
Six USB 3.0 Ports
Most comparable spec computers that came out around the same time as the Nightblade Z97 have between one and seven USB 3.0 ports, including the Nightblade Z97 which has six USB 3.0 ports.
Eight Processor Threads
Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Nightblade Z97 only have between four and seven processor threads, however the Nightblade Z97 has eight processor threads.
Fairly Big Processor Cache
At 8 megabytes, the MSI Nightblade Z97 has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other desktop computers that have been on the market for more than a year. Across all the personal computers that were launched around the same time as the Nightblade Z97 the processor caches range from 2MB to 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.6MB.
Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory
The average maximum internal memory of medium processor core personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Nightblade Z97 is 33GB, and the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 260GB. At 32 gigabytes, the MSI Nightblade Z97 has a fairly big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Nightblade Z97.
7.1 Audio Output Channel
This PC has a 7.1 audio output channel, which is the most frequently found audio output channel on computers of a similar age and type to it.
Supports One Case Placement
The Nightblade Z97 has a greater number of placements than most medium processor core personal computers that have been around for around the same time as it. This desktop computer supports a Vertical case placement, which is the most commonly supported case placement supported by computers of a similar age and type to the Nightblade Z97.
6 Reasons Against
A Bit Expensive
One MSI Nightblade Z97 owner who reviewed it considered that it was not good value for money. Chip.com.my said “Yes, we understand that the MSI GAMING Nightblade may be a little on the pricey side for barebones system.” .
Only HDD Storage Medium
The storage speed of this PC is HDD+SSD, which is typical of many desktop computers that are a similar age to 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.
Only One PS/2 Port
The Nightblade Z97 is a one PS/2 port desktop computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that were launched more than a year ago have one PS/2 port.
Only One DisplayPort
The Nightblade Z97 is a one DisplayPort desktop computer. Most of the other medium processor core personal computers that are a comparable age to the Nightblade Z97 have between one and three DisplayPorts.
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Quite Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of personal computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Nightblade Z97 is 4.9MB, the biggest is 8.2GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 3GB. With a discrete graphics adapter memory of only 2,048 megabytes, the MSI Nightblade Z97 has one of the smaller discrete graphics adapter memory amongst medium processor core personal computers of this age.
With a weight of 10 kilograms, the Nightblade Z97 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that came out more than a year ago. The average weight of desktop computers that have been available for around the same time as the Nightblade Z97 is 7.5kg.
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Released Over a Year Ago
It was over a year ago when MSI released the Nightblade Z97.
Average Hard Drive Capacity
At 1,000 gigabyte, the Nightblade Z97 has a fairly typical hard drive capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core personal computers that have been around for a similar time to the Nightblade Z97.
Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Cache Level
Socket H3 (LGA 1150), LGA1150
Maximum Turbo Frequency
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
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
1x16, 1x1, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Processor Cache Type
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Total Storage Capacity
HDD, HDD+SSD, SSD
Hard Drive Capacity
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Solid State Drive Installed
Storage Drive Installed
Integrated Card Reader
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4600
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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
Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Operating System Architecture
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
10, 10, 100, 10, 100, 1000
Ethernet LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Water Cooling System
Audio Output Channel
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
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Secure Key
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel FDI Technology
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)
AVX, AVX 2.0, SSE, SSE4.1, SSE, SSE4.2
Intel Enhanced Halt State
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
Weight & Dimensions
Software Driver Included
Intel Virtualization Technology
Intel Visual Technology
Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
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