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
Summary: At a price point of $159, the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming Motherboard is in the Mainstream Gaming category of Intel Z87 motherboard systems.
Benchmark results for the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming board were in line with expectations. The speed of the SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 speeds from the Z87 chipset were within normal ranges.
Conclusion: In the end the MSI Z87-G45 was a pretty nice board. Riding in line behind the MSI Z87-GD65, it has a lot of waterfall expectations for itself. I felt that it held up to those expectations rather well, and for the $30 savings from the GD65 to the G45, it's hard to not argue for it. Out of the box it has a three-year warranty, so there isn't any humming and hawing at the idea that something might go wrong.
Pros: DRAGON!! Really though, neat themed look rather than plastering MSI all over, UEFI (some of you like this), OC Genie for quick clocks, Advanced Audio - Audio Boost, Lots of voltage options and frequency settings to find the ultimate OC, Well labeled board for troubleshooting ports or finding the right pins
Cons: Audio Boost logo lights up in PINK!!, UEFI (I still feel this fits in both categories), PCB is actually brown - not black
Excerpt: MSI Z87-G45 Gaming - Płyta główna dla rozsądnych graczy Test MSI Z87-G45 Gaming - Budowa i wyposażenie Test MSI Z87-G45 Gaming - UEFI i oprogramowanie Chipsety Intel serii 8 - Lynx Point Platforma testowa i ustawienia podczas testów Testy: SATA 6.0 GB/s / USB 3.0 / Czas bootowania Testy: AIDA 64 / SiSoftware Sandra 2012 / SuperPi / WPrime Testy: Cinebench R11.5 / 7-Zip / WinRAR Testy: 3DMark11 / Far Cry 2 / Shogun 2 / DiRT 3 Podkręcanie procesora i szyny BCLK Pomiar...