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. MSI’s Z87-G43 is a motherboard that performs within margin of error of all other Z87 motherboards (as you’d expect) and costs a fraction of the price.
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. The built in SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 controllers were in line with what would be expected, and the embedded NIC performed normally.
Excerpt: The MSI Z87-G43 Motherboard Review Over the last month or so we have covered Intel’s latest generation of CPUs in a number of ways from the initial CPU article, through system reviews and motherboard comparisons. In that last category we...