Summary: At a price point of $119.99, the MSI Z87-G43 is in the Budget category of Intel Z87 motherboard systems.
Benchmarks for the MSI Z87-G43 were well within the margin of error when compared with other motherboards utilizing the Z87 Chipset. The built in SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 controllers were in line with what would be expected, and the embedded NIC performed normally.
Conclusion: Since the launch of Haswell LGA 1150 processors and the Z87 Intel chipset back in June we’ve seen a tonne of motherboards come through eTeknix for review . In fact, we’ve still got quite a few more to come and today we take a look at another motherboard, this time from MSI. On the test bench today we have the MSI Z87-G43 motherboard which is designed to be one of MSI’s most entry level motherboards sitting above only the Z87-G41 PC Mate.
Pros: Affordable, High quality components, Clean design, Good software package, Legacy connectivity options are sensible for price point, Decent overclocking potential, 3 Year warranty
Cons: Average audio, Black PCB would be preferable to Brown for most, BIOS layout isn’t as intuitive as I’d like