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MSI Nightblade Z97 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 4GHz 8GB 1.1TB HDD+SSD

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 4GHz 8GB Mar 2015
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Sturdy, stable and solid, the MSI Nightblade is loaded with the perfect ammunition for PC gamers that do not want to compromise on gaming performance. Housing a highly appraised MSI GAMING... More
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26 Reasons For

Nineteen Industry Awards

Personal computer experts love this MSI personal computer and have given it nineteen awards.

The reviewers at seven expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this personal computer. This MSI personal computer received a "Recommended" award from Noticias3d.com, Lanoc.org, Hardwarezone.com.ph and Ozeros.com, it received a "Recommended Product" award from Hispazone.com, Tweakpc.de gave it a "Recommended Hardware" award and Cnews.cz gave it a "Smart Buy" award.

The editors of five other expert review sites all wrote that this computer was fantastic and gave it one of their highest awards. This MSI computer received a "Gold" award from both Profesionalreview.com and Elchapuzasinformatico.com, it received a "Gold Award" from both Hitechlegion.com and Hardware.info and Hwt.dk gave it a "Gold Product of the Year" award.

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.

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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.

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Good Size

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.

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Nice Design

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.

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”.

Robust

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.

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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.

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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 computer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Two Storage Drives Installed

The MSI Nightblade Z97 is a two storage drive installed desktop computer.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Heavy

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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2 Other reasons to consider the MSI Nightblade Z97

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.

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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
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
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
Technical Details
Intel Visual Technology

19 Awards

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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...

Chip.com.my

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...

Lanoc.org

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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+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers z97005, z97005e, z97005eu, msi z97005, msi i74790, msi z97005e, msi i74790k, msi z97005eu, nightbladez97005, msi nightbladez97005, msi nightbladez97005e, msi nightbladez97005eu
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