TPU came across some pictures of MSI's upcoming Z97-based GAMING series motherboards. These LGA1150 boards are designed for Intel's upcoming Haswell Refresh, it includes the
mid-range Z97 Gaming 3, the premium Z97 Gaming 5, and the high-end Z97 Gaming 7.
The Z97 Gaming 7 offers a 12-phase CPU iVR, three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, four PCIe x1 slots, eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, an M.2 slot, and possibly an included SATA-Express add-on card; in addition to a wealth of connectivity. The Gaming 5 could be based on the same PCB, but with a lighter feature-set. The Gaming 3, on the other hand, is based on a lighter PCB, with a 6-phase CPU iVR, a lack of the M.2 slot, legacy PCI slots, yet retaining the ground-layer isolated on-board audio, and Killer NIC.