MSI Z97A Gaming 9 ACK Question

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Hi guys, I wanna purchase the Z97A Gaming 9 ACK and I also wanna use a Samsung M.2 XP941 256GB SSD with it. I wanna know if I can use 2 GTX 980s in SLI while also using the said Samsung M.2 SSD with this MB? or will I have to move to X99 Platform?
 

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You should be fine with the Z97A Gaming 9 ACK motherboard.
It should accommodate both GTX980's in SLI (but only PCI-E 8X on each card due to CPU limitations) while also accommodating an M.2 SSD.
 

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darkhawk said:
You should be fine with the Z97A Gaming 9 ACK motherboard.
It should accommodate both GTX980's in SLI (but only PCI-E 8X on each card due to CPU limitations) while also accommodating an M.2 SSD.
Thank you very much for quick respond  :biggthumbsup:
 

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Ok my MB is on it way along with Samsung XP941 256GB M.2 SSD and I have ordered 2 MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G for my build. Question:

1. Will I be able to use my Motherboard for Overclocking my 4790K i7 to around 4.5 or so? Im also using a Corsair H110i GT Watercooler.

2. Also I keep hearing a lot about BSODs on MSI Gaming MBs due to Killer Ethernet, Is this something I should worrie about? Im more of minimalist and usually don't install any extra software and I plan on using the base driver only for E2205 from MSI website, I also wont be attaching the Wireless card or using it as I only always use the Wire Ethernet.

3. Also If I only use the barebone driver for my E2205 Ethernet should I worrie about any memory leak problem I heard on these forums?
 

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overclocking depends on your CPU itself (Silicon Lottery) and how it responds to overclocking but if your CPU is good it will overclock to that level as the gaming 9 ACK is a quite a high end overclocking board!
 

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badboy2k said:
overclocking depends on your CPU itself (Silicon Lottery) and how it responds to overclocking but if your CPU is good it will overclock to that level as the gaming 9 ACK is a quite a high end overclocking board!
Oh Also I have these Rams which are working perfectly with my current system:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231589

will there be any compatibility issue with my Z97A Gaming 9 ACK??
 

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tends to be the Ripjaws that we see most the problems with! if them Tridents have generic SPD's and/or XMP profiles they should be no problem! just try them when you get the board!
 

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Ty for quick reply, now before installing the MB I like to know which Bios should I install since I'll be using the Samsung M.2 SSD as well. I see the lates Bios for this Board is 1.9 and strangely 1.A version which seems like a beta if I'm correct.

Also I keep hearing a lot about BSODs on MSI Gaming MBs due to Killer Ethernet, Is this something I should worrie about? Im more of minimalist and usually don't install any extra software and I plan on using the base driver only for E2205 from MSI website, I also wont be attaching the Wireless card or using it as I only always use the Wire Ethernet.
 

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I see the lates Bios for this Board is 1.9 and strangely 1.A version which seems like a beta if I'm correct.
nope, 1.A is also official version


Also I keep hearing a lot about BSODs on MSI Gaming MBs due to Killer Ethernet, Is this something I should worrie about?
don't think so

Im more of minimalist and usually don't install any extra software and I plan on using the base driver only for E2205 from MSI website, I also wont be attaching the Wireless card or using it as I only always use the Wire Ethernet.
sounds fine
 

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1A = 1.10! its a official release version betas tend to look like this (1.95b) and then its a beta version! with MSI's naming of official BIOS versions its the ending of 0-9 for the first revisions up to x.9 and then the later versions are A-Z for 10-35 that are x.10- x.35! (x= whatever series that the BIOS is like yours is just 1)
 

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badboy2k said:
1A = 1.10! its a official release version betas tend to look like this (1.95b) and then its a beta version! with MSI's naming of official BIOS versions its the ending of 0-9 for the first revisions up to x.9 and then the later versions are A-Z for 10-35 that are x.10- x.35! (x= whatever series that the BIOS is like yours is just 1)
i found somehow this explanation confusing :rolleyes_anim:

its much more simple
any BIOS file ending with 0 is official release, ie:
xxxxxxxx.zz0
 

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Guys my new gear finally arrived, thanks for all the excellent support, wish me luck, hopefully everything goes smoothly


 

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fixed your image to show-up, there was incorrect tag in your image post

Guys my new gear finally arrived, thanks for all the excellent support, wish me luck, hopefully everything goes smoothly
if you need help let us know :emot-tip-wink:
 
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