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

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25 Reasons For

Nineteen Industry Awards

Amongst desktop computers of a comparable age and type, this medium processor cores computer is one of the most awarded.

This PC was given a "Recommended" award by Noticias3d.com, Hispazone.com, Tweakpc.de, Lanoc.org, Hardwarezone.com.ph, Ozeros.com and Cnews.cz all of whom decided that this personal computer was good.

The reviewers at five other expert review sites all thought that this personal computer was marvellous and gave it one of their highest awards. Profesionalreview.com and Elchapuzasinformatico.com both gave this computer a "Gold" award, Hitechlegion.com and Hardware.info both gave it a "Gold Award" and Hwt.dk gave it a "Gold Product of the Year" award.

Furthermore, this personal computer received a "Performance" award from HEXUS.net and it received a "Silver Award" from Overclock3d.net.

The writers at three other expert review sites all decided that this computer was good. 01net.com gave this MSI PC a "4 Star" award, Frazpc.pl gave it a "Quality" award and it received a "Great Buy" award from Hard-h2o.com.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

This personal computer has an average expert rating of 83% based on fifteen expert reviews from sites including hwt.dk, apcmag.com, overclock3d.net and ocaholic.ch.english.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this desktop computer rated it as 88 out of 100.

MSI Personal Computers Have Good Reviews

MSI medium processor cores computers have good reviews on average and across all desktop computers MSI is one of the better rated brands.

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Good Size

One person who bought it reckoned that it was compact. Expert review site Ocaholic.ch.english said “Due to its compact dimensions and the high-end components inside” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. One customer said in their reviews that the MSI Nightblade Z97 was easy to carry around. Three years ago expert website Lanoc.org mentioned “MSI made it easy to carry with a built in handle”.

Nice Design

One MSI Nightblade Z97 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was a good design. Expert review site Liveatpc.com scored the product 4 stars and mentioned “MSI has kept the design simple with no odd or flashy protrusions on the unit” in their review.

Good for Gaming

A few people said in their reviews that it was good for gaming. Expert review site Apcmag.com wrote “This is a gaming box”. Expert website Uk.hardware.info mentioned “A true gaming PC was not yet on the product list, untill the MSI Nightblade was introduced”. Expert review site Chip.com.my said in their review of the MSI Nightblade Z97 “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

A number of MSI Nightblade Z97 owners who bought the product mentioned that it was well made. Three years ago expert review site Lanoc.org wrote “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”.

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many medium processor cores computers that are a comparable age to it.

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

At 1,250 megahertz, the MSI Nightblade Z97 has a very fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that were released more than a year ago. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of computers that are a comparable age to the Nightblade Z97 is 1,100MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s range from 500MHz to 1,300MHz.

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

Most comparable spec PCs that have been available for more than a year have between one and seven USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantitys, including the 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 similar spec personal computers that were released more than a year ago is 1.3TB. The Nightblade Z97 has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory (2,048 gigabytes) compared to most of the other computers that are a similar age to the Nightblade Z97.

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Very Fast Processor Frequency

The processor frequencys of desktop computers of this type and age range from 1.3GHz to 4GHz, and the average processor frequency is 3.1GHz. With a processor frequency of 4 gigahertz, the Nightblade Z97's processor frequency is one of the fastest amongst similar spec computers that were released one year ago.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 1,128 gigabyte, the Nightblade Z97 has a quite big total storage capacity compared to most of the other personal computers of this age and spec. The total storage capacitys of desktop computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Nightblade Z97 range from 4GB to 3.6TB, and the average total storage capacity is 820GB.

If this desktop computer total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Lenovo Thinkstation P500[plb_3209708_price] (1.3TB) which is also higher rated.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Nightblade Z97 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other computers that were released around the same time as the Nightblade Z97. The smallest internal memory of computers of this age and spec is 2GB, the biggest is 32GB, and the average internal memory is 7.7GB.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This personal computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most frequently supported PCI Express slots version on personal computers of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Very Fast Processor Boost Frequency

The processor boost frequencys of similar spec personal computers that are a comparable age to the Nightblade Z97 range from 1.8GHz to 4.4GHz, and the average processor boost frequency is 3.6GHz. With a processor boost frequency of 4.4 gigahertz, the Nightblade Z97 has a very fast processor boost frequency compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that were released one year ago.

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Two Number of Storage Drives Installeds

The Nightblade Z97 is a two number of storage drives installed personal computer.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The Nightblade Z97 has more HDMI ports quantitys than most of the computers that have been on the market for more than a year. Most of the comparable spec PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Nightblade Z97 only have one HDMI ports quantity, however this MSI PC has two HDMI ports quantitys.

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Two ESATA Ports Quantitys

The Nightblade Z97 has more eSATA ports quantitys than most of the medium processor cores computers that came out around the same time as the Nightblade Z97. Most of the medium processor cores computers that were released around the same time as the Nightblade Z97 only have one eSATA ports quantity, however this desktop computer has two eSATA ports quantitys.

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Eight Processor Threadss

The MSI Nightblade Z97 is a eight processor threads personal computer.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

The smallest processor cache of computers that were released more than a year ago is 2MB, the biggest is 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.5MB. At 8 megabytes, the Nightblade Z97 has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other personal computers that have been available for around the same time as the Nightblade Z97.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of 32 gigabytes, the Nightblade Z97 has a quite big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Nightblade Z97. The average maximum internal memory of comparable spec PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Nightblade Z97 is 32GB.

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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 medium processor cores computers that have been around for around the same time as it. Most PCs that are a comparable age to it have a 5.1 audio output channels. Across all personal computers of a comparable age and spec to the Nightblade Z97 the worst audio output is 5.1 and the best is 8.1.

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Supports One Placement Supported

The MSI Nightblade Z97 has a greater number of placements than most computers of a similar age and type to it. This MSI PC supports a Vertical placement supported, which is the most commonly supported placement supported supported by medium processor cores computers that have been available for more than a year.

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7 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One MSI Nightblade Z97 owner who reviewed the product considered that it was not good value for money. Expert review site Chip.com.my said in their review of this PC “Yes, we understand that the MSI GAMING Nightblade may be a little on the pricey side for barebones system.” .

Only HDD Storage Media

The storage speed of this personal computer is HDD+SSD, which is typical of many comparable spec desktop computers that were released 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 PC supports a 11.2 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is typical of many similar spec PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Only One PS/2 Ports Quantity

Most medium processor cores computers that have been available for a similar time to the Nightblade Z97 have one PS/2 ports quantity, including the Nightblade Z97 which has one PS/2 ports quantity.

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of medium processor cores computers that have been around for around the same time as the Nightblade Z97 is 5.2GB. The Nightblade Z97 has one of the smaller maximum on-board graphics adapter memorys (only 1.024 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec desktop computers of this age.

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Only One DisplayPorts Quantity

Most medium processor cores computers that have been available for more than a year have between one and three displayPorts quantitys, including the Nightblade Z97 which has one displayPorts quantity.

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Heavy

With a weight of 10 kilograms, the MSI Nightblade Z97 is fairly heavy compared to most of the other computers of a comparable spec and age to the Nightblade Z97. PCs of a comparable type and age to the Nightblade Z97 have weights of between 38g and 100kg.

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2 Other reasons to consider the MSI Nightblade Z97

Released Over a Year Ago

This desktop computer was released over a year ago.

Average Hard Drive Capacity

At 1,000 gigabyte, the Nightblade Z97 has a pretty average hard drive capacity compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that have been around for around the same time as the Nightblade Z97.

Alternative 1TB hard drive capacity PCs currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the DELL PowerEdge T20[plb_2747980_price].

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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
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
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)

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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Brochures and Manuals

+- 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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