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

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MSI Has Good Reviews for Its Desktop Computers

MSI medium processor cores computers have good ratings on average and across all personal computers MSI is one of the superior manufacturers.

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This personal computer supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is the most frequently supported processor operating modes on similar spec personal computers that came out more than a year ago.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

Across all the computers of this type and age the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s range from 500MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) is 1,100MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of 1,200 megahertz, the Nightblade Z97 has a very fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) compared to most of the other desktop computers of a similar age and type to the Nightblade Z97.

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

Most personal computers of this age and spec have between one and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys, including the MSI Nightblade Z97 which has six USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys.

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Quite Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The average discrete graphics adapter memory of computers of a similar type and age to the Nightblade Z97 is 1.3TB. When compared to other comparable spec PCs that were released one year ago, the MSI Nightblade Z97's discrete graphics adapter memory of 4,096 gigabytes is one of the biggest.

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Fairly Fast Processor Frequency

The slowest processor frequency of medium processor cores computers that were released more than a year ago is 1.3GHz, the fastest is 4GHz, and the average processor frequency is 3.1GHz. The Nightblade Z97 has a quite fast processor frequency (3.5 gigahertz) compared to most of the other comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for a similar time to the Nightblade Z97.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of PCs of this age and spec is 820GB. The Nightblade Z97 has a fairly big total storage capacity (1,128 gigabyte) compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to the Nightblade Z97.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

The average hard drive capacity of medium processor cores computers that have been around for around the same time as the Nightblade Z97 is 920GB, and the hard drive capacitys range from 1GB to 3TB. With a hard drive capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Nightblade Z97 has one of the bigger hard drive capacitys amongst medium processor cores 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 the most commonly supported PCI Express slots version on PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Two Number of Storage Drives Installeds

The Nightblade Z97 has more number of storage drives installeds than most of the computers of a comparable spec and age to the Nightblade Z97. Most of the personal computers of a comparable type and age to the Nightblade Z97 only have one number of storage drives installed, however this MSI PC has two number of storage drives installeds.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The Nightblade Z97 has more HDMI ports quantitys than most of the comparable spec PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Nightblade Z97. This personal computer is a two HDMI ports quantity desktop computer compared to most of the computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Nightblade Z97 which only have one HDMI ports quantity.

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7.1 Audio Output Channels

The MSI Nightblade Z97 has a 7.1 audio output channels which is better than most comparable spec PCs that came out around the same time as it. Most comparable spec desktop computers that were released one year ago have a 5.1 audio output channels. The best audio output of all PCs that are a similar age to the Nightblade Z97 is 8.1 and the worst is 5.1.

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Supports One Placement Supported

The Nightblade Z97 has a greater number of placements than most desktop computers of a comparable spec and age to it. This desktop computer supports a Vertical placement supported, which is the most frequently supported placement supported supported by similar spec PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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DVD Super Multi Optical Drive Type

The optical drive type of this computer is DVD Super Multi, which is typical of many PCs of this age and spec.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This computer supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many medium processor cores computers that were released around the same time as it.

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4 Reasons Against

Only HDD Storage Media

The storage speed of this personal computer is HDD+SSD, which is the most frequently found storage media on personal computers that have been available for 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 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This personal computer supports a 11.2 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most commonly supported on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to it.

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Only One PS/2 Ports Quantity

Most medium processor cores computers that came out around the same time as the Nightblade Z97 have one PS/2 ports quantity, including the MSI Nightblade Z97 which has one PS/2 ports quantity.

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Heavy

Across all the similar spec personal computers that were released more than a year ago the weights range from 38g to 100kg, and the average weight is 7.7kg. At 10 kilograms, the MSI Nightblade Z97 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that have been available for a comparable time to the Nightblade Z97.

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2 Other reasons to consider the MSI Nightblade Z97

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when MSI released the Nightblade Z97.

Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Nightblade Z97 has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Nightblade Z97.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
System Bus Rate
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Channels Supported by Processor
Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)
Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
Memory Types Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Stepping
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Configurations
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Number of Processors Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Hard Drive Capacity
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Number of SSDs Installed
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Number of Storage Drives Installed
Card Reader Integrated
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Number of Execution Units
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
ESATA Ports Quantity
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Outputs
Microphone in
Line-Out
Line-in
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
PS/2 Ports Quantity
DisplayPorts Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Performance
Audio Output Channels
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel® OS Guard
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Scalability
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
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
Drivers Included
Manual
Cables Included
Display Included
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

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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...

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

(11)
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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