Conclusion: MSI’s Z87-G43 motherboard probably isn’t the most glamorous motherboard on the market but I think our testing shows that you don’t need a glamorous motherboard to get the full advantages of the Z87 platform and the Haswell architecture.
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
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.
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