The MSI Z97 Gaming 3 is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1150 socket.
It has 32 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.
|CPU Socket||LGA 1150||Crossfire Support||1 graphics cards|
|CPU Compatible Make||Intel||Onboard GPU||no|
|CPU Chipset||Z97 Express||PCI Slots||-|
|Form Factor||ATX||SATA 1.0||0|
|Max RAM||32 GB DDR3||SATA 2.0||0|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR3||SATA 3.0||0|
|Memory Channels||2||RAID Support||yes|
|Compatible RAM Speeds||Internal I/O|
|Graphics Card Interface||Not sure||Back Panel I/O|
|SLI Support||0 graphics cards|
The MSI Z97 Gaming 3 uses the Intel LGA 1150 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 2400 MHz, and 4 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 32 GB RAM.
Conforming to the ATX standard, the MSI Z97 Gaming 3 should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.
The MSI Z97 Gaming 3 does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 0 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. The MSI Z97 Gaming 3 does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.