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MSI Nightblade Z97

MSI Nightblade Z97
alaScore 89

44 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 reviews of MSI Nightblade Z97. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The usability also gets good feedback. The reliability and price get critical views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the MSI Nightblade Z97 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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MSI Nightblade Z97 review

 

The Nightblade is a compact, well-built gaming PC, but it's a little noisy

The Nightblade isn’t the quietest small form factor PC, mainly because it has an 80mm exhaust fan rather than a larger, slower 120mm model. There’s no front intake – just a small mesh grille at the bottom of the case, although you can add a 120mm...

Expert review by : Hassan Mujtaba (wccftech.com)

MSI Nightblade Z97 Mini-ITX Barebone Gaming PC Review

 

Today, we are looking at the MSI Nightblade barebone gaming system based on their Mini-ITX Z97 motherboard and features some interesting components which we are going to test today.

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 testing and overclocking of the Core i7-4790K in a separate...

Aug, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

simply amazing

 

simple assembly ; quiet with GTX 980 ; great thermal design

garbage support for W10 ; BIOS update is a mess and will brick your system ; (lack of info on web and support) ; anteana mounts on the back block USB ports and tend to loosen

Oct, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

simply amazing

 

- simple assembly - quiet with GTX 980 - great thermal design

- garbage support for W10 - BIOS update is a mess and will brick your system! (lack of info on web and support) - anteana mounts on the back block USB ports and tend to loosen

Oct, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

What is included

 

I am thinking of buying this but the product page does not specify what the specifications are and what comes with it.

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Mar, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

What is included

 

I am thinking of buying this but the product page does not specify what the specifications are and what comes with it.

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Mar, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

A solid barebone PC that comes in small package

 

Would have love to get this from Newegg cuz its cheaper but instead got this from a local computer store cuz I can't wait to try this barebone. The included optical drive is a DVD player & not Bluray. Have I known that a different version exist (minus...

Can play like a full tower without heating up that much even with the latest & most powerful video card running inside. Good as a media center & a LAN party PC.

What looks like an MSI Z97I Gaming motherboard included is actually a proprietary motherboard unique to the barebone. It has a different BIOS than that of the MSI Z97I Gaming motherboard. The MSI Smart Utilities & MSI Command Center won't work with...

Mar, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

A solid barebone PC that comes in small package

 

Would have love to get this from Newegg cuz its cheaper but instead got this from a local computer store cuz I can't wait to try this barebone. The included optical drive is a DVD player & not Bluray. Have I known that a different version exist (minus...

Can play like a full tower without heating up that much even with the latest & most powerful video card running inside. Good as a media center & a LAN party PC

What looks like an MSI Z97I Gaming motherboard included is actually a proprietary motherboard unique to the barebone. It has a different BIOS than that of the MSI Z97I Gaming motherboard. The MSI Smart Utilities & MSI Command Center won't work with...

Mar, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Very happy with the case.

 

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 almost silent, even during heavy gaming. The biggest...

Small ; Easy to work in ; Good packaging ; OC button actually works ; Quiet & runs cool ; Good design (Internally and externally)

Didn't include CPU cooler despite advertising it in description. This was a huge letdown ; Expensive, but the rebate helps a bit ; Poor cable management. (But it's a mini-itx, so this is difficult to overcome)

Feb, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Very happy with the case.

 

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 almost silent, even during heavy gaming. The biggest...

-Small -Easy to work in -Good packaging -OC button actually works -Quiet & runs cool. -Good design (Internally and externally)

-Didn't include CPU cooler despite advertising it in description. This was a huge letdown. -Expensive, but the rebate helps a bit -Poor cable management. (But it's a mini-itx, so this is difficult to overcome)

Feb, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio output channels:7.1
Audio system:Realtek ALC1150

Design

Chassis Type:Desktop / Mini-tower
Colour of product:Black
Cooling type:Active
LED indicators: Yes
Placement supported:Vertical
Product Type:PC barebone
Water cooling system: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 2048 / 4 / 4096 / 6
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 / Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:3
Graphics adapter DVI-I ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.024 / 1.7
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
Number of execution units:20
NVIDIA G-SYNC: Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200 / 1250
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x412
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):1920 x 1200
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4600
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.0
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory slots type:DIMM
Number of memory slots:2
Supported memory clock speeds:3000
Supported memory types:DDR3-SDRAM

Motherboard

Motherboard chipset:Intel Z97
Number of Processors Supported:1
Processor Socket:Socket H2 (LGA 1155) / Socket H3 (LGA 1150)

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
LAN controller:Atheros Killer E2200
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD±RW
Optical drives quantity:1

Other features

Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Power LED: Yes

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC
Display included: No
Drivers included: Yes
Keyboard Included:N
Manual: Yes
Mouse included:N

Performance

Audio output channels:7.1
Audio system:Realtek ALC1150
Motherboard chipset:Intel Z97
Product Type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:2
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PS/2 ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4 / 6
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:6

Power

Power Supply:600 / 610
Power supply type:Internal Power Supply Unit

Processor

Built-in processor: No
Bus type:DMI / QPI
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.5
Motherboard chipset:Intel Z97
Number of Processors Installed:1
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.9 / 4 / 4.4
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Devil's Canyon / Haswell
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel
Processor frequency:3.5 / 3.6 / 4
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I5-4690K / I7-4790 / I7-4790K
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4600 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-4700 Desktop series
Processor Socket:Socket H2 (LGA 1155) / Socket H3 (LGA 1150)
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:C0
System bus rate:5
Tcase:72.72
Thermal Design Power (TDP):84 / 88

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):No / Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel TSX-NI: Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):No / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:80806 / 80807 / 80811
Processor code:SR1QF / SR219 / SR21A
Processor package size:37.5
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2013D

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:No / Windows 8.1

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA III
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:2
Number of storage drives supported:1
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA / Serial ATA III
Storage drive interface:Serial ATA III
Storage drive sizes supported:2.5,3.5
Storage Media:HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1128 / 2128 / 2256

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:34.6
Height :27.7
Weight:10 / 7.6
Width:17.6