Summary: This model uses a full set of Intel Z87 features. Besides, it provides additional set of MSI brand technologies. Theoretically it looks good, but lets take a look on practical work. How will it operate during nominal mode and overclocking?
Summary: Last time we had a look at MSI's flagship of the Z87series, the Z87 XPOWER. Targeted at the overclocking and the enthusiast audience, the XPOWER also carries a hefty price tag. Gamers however are usually more budget minded and might prefer to invest a bit more in the Graphics Card or the Processor. MSI has got two Gaming boards on offer, the G45 and GD65, both carry tailor made specifications for gamers.
Excerpt: MSI stormed the market as of recent with the introduction of their gaming series and also offered a new level of segmentation to their lineup that previously simply was not there. By adding the Gaming series there now is a set boundary as to which product is targeted at which audience which is excellent to deliver a clear message to customers.
Summary: It's pretty funny to me that the benchmarking results had the MSI Z87-G45 GAMING provide enough performance to take the top spot in many of the tests, beating out every other tested board to date. For a "medium-grade" product priced at under $160 USD, that really caught my attention as it confirmed the "feel" the build gave me when I was using it; it was somehow
without any clear indication as to why.
Pros: Perfect option for a 24/7 GAMING build without OC, Packed with features to keep your system stable, Great stock and overclocked performance, Wide-open BIOS ready for tweaking, All fans independently controllable via BIOS and software, Good memory overclocking, Fully functional AMI UEFI BIOS that includes mouse support and support for 3 TB+ drives
Cons: Slightly elevated power consumption, Relatively low automatic overclocking, No Intel Thunderbolt, Color scheme used may not appeal to all
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming vs. Gigabyte Z87-D3HP Motherboard Review
2 June 2013
Excerpt: This week Intel launches their "Haswell" range of CPUs known as 4th Generation Core processors and we just looked at their i7-4770K . As is often the case with new Intel generations these CPUs arrive with a new chipset and new socket to install them on, in this case Socket 1150 and 8-Series with models such as H87, Q87 and Z87 covering various price and feature points.
Conclusion: The MSI Z87-G45 Gaming is an interesting motherboard. Typically when a company markets a gaming board they are top of the line. The MSI Z87-G45 Gaming take a different approach by going for a mid-range price. This is obviously nicer on your wallet while still giving some of the features that people expect to see in their gaming boards. For me, what I found the most interesting is the overall styling they went with.
Summary: The MSI Z87-G45 GAMING maybe missing some of the options found on its bigger brother the Z87-GD65 GAMING , but to be honest that’s not necessarily a bad thing as it grants you a saving of around £40. All the great qualities of the GD65 are still present here though, making the MSI Z87-G45 GAMING a real steal at around £120. The motherboard came well packaged, although there’s not much in the box save for a couple of SATA cables and the obligatory I/O shield.
Conclusion: Met de Z87-G45 haal je een bord in huis dat eigenlijk alles biedt wat je als gamer wilt hebben. MSI heeft ‘m laten certificeren voor SLI, de audio- en netwerkchips zijn kwalitatief en we vinden eigenlijk geen punten waarop bezuinigd is. In deze klasse vind je ook de Z87 Extreme4 van ASRock, die vijf euro goedkoper is. Die heeft overall wat betere specs – dual-BIOS, meer USB 3.0-poorten, DisplayPort – maar ziet er duidelijk minder gelikt uit en mist een mSATA-slot.