We're expecting Devil's Canyon samples to arrive any minute now but in the mean time, we're looking at the first micro-ATX Z97 motherboard to arrive in our lab. 

There's fierce competition in the sub £160 price bracket and so far, every board bar one we've looked at has pushed our CPU to its maximum of 4.8GHz and have either offered plenty of useful features for an additional premium, or offered solid performance and overclocking for a lower price. 

The choice is yours of course - extra bling or a few extra bucks in your back pocket. MSI's Z97M Gaming is arguably a good match of the two, which is also why its Gaming 7 motherboard picked up an award in our Z97 group test

The former that we're looking at here retails for £110 at time of writing yet sports quite a few useful features. There's no out-of-the-box support for SATA Express but pretty much everything else is here.

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