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MSI Z87-G43 GAMING LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z87
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2800(OC)/2666(OC)/2600(OC)/2400(OC)/2200(OC)/2133(OC)/2000(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066

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MSI Z87-G43 Gaming Motherboard
Let the Games Begin
MSI Gaming motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

The Best Gaming Weapons at Hand
  • The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer E2200 Game Networking
  • Crystal clear sound with Audio Boost
  • Top quality audio solution with Sound Blaster Cinema
  • Superb graphics with VGA Boost
  • Blazing fast bootup with Super RAID
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Military Class 4 Components
  • OC Genie 4 & Click BIOS 4
  • Optimized for multiple graphics cards
  • Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading

Killer E2200 Game Networking

Kill Your Lag!

The Killer E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free, in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.

Through the detection and prioritization of Gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping. This enables true multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day.
Top Quality Audio Solution with Sound Blaster Cinema

Hear your enemies perfectly, even on a deafening battlefield. Thanks to Sound Blaster Cinema, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones. Your most important Gaming sound effects are reproduced in crystal clear audio, allowing you to focus on your game even during extremely long Gaming sessions.

Powered by the SBX Pro Studio technologies, Sound Blaster Cinema enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in Gaming environments, making your ears a decisive tool on the battlefield.

MSI VGA Boost is one of MSI's exclusive ways to support gamers to fully engage in their virtual world.

VGA Boost increases the power limitations for MSI Gaming graphics cards when inserted in an MSI Gaming motherboard. It simply upgrades your Power Tuning and current limits allowing your graphics to boost to higher clock speeds when your Gaming graphics get more intense as well as sustaining maximum performance for a longer time.

This is all supported by the power design for the PCI Express slots and the build quality of MSI Graphics cards. Now, matching MSI Gaming hardware not only gives your game PC some fiery red dragon looks, your PC Gaming experience will benefit from a safe and powerful boost in graphics.

Super RAID

With MSI Super RAID you can combine hard drives, SSDs and mSATA into blazing fast bootable drives. Load your operating system, videos, or even games faster than ever. You can now enjoy the benefits of bigger and faster storage, without all the trouble that normally surrounds RAID configurations.

Easily Setup the Latest Technologies:

  • Intel Smart Response
  • Intel Rapid Start
  • Intel Smart Connect

Military Class 4 Components

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Super Ferrite Chokes and Dark CAPs will make sure that your PC runs more stably under extreme gaming conditions.

Dark CAPs

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAPs have been a staple in high-end motherboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as an over-10-year lifespan.

Super Ferrite Choke

Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 95°F (35°C) lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency, and better overclocking power stability.

Military Class Essentials

The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the toughest conditions. The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system can survive each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI radiation. More than that, all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.

OC Genie 4

OC Genie 4 supercharges your speed experience! When used, OC Genie 4 accelerates your entire system and puts it into overdrive! Tuned by the professional overclockers, OC Genie 4 hands you record-breaking performance on a silver platter.

Total Control

MSI's exclusive Command Center software is a very powerful tool to push your motherboard to the max. With a very intuitive touch-ready interface, Command Center allows users to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance, and adjust cooling features.

Graphical Fan Control & Monitoring

Command Center features a total new fan control interface from which users can control all fans' speeds on the motherboard and set profiles. Users can monitor the real-time status of the fans as well as record fan speed, voltage and temperature status into a log file. This feature is convenient for both pro-gamers and overclockers.

Unlimited RAMdisk

MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk with the retail value of $35. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20X faster than a modern SSD. There are options to load complete game images, and you can speed up your browser or your page file which increases your whole system's performance.

Supports DDR3-3000 Memory for Super Fast Loading

Tired of everlasting loading screens? The MSI Gaming series motherboards offer support for DDR3-3000MHz memory modules. That way, you will not have to miss out on any gaming action because your in-game levels will load superfast!

Total Fan Control

Total Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans to enable you to find the best balance of fan performance and silence. Because you can also monitor and record all your fan information, a great pool of information is available to base the fan settings on.

Dragon Heat Sink

With an awesome product comes an inspiring heat sink! Styled after the iconic MSI Gaming Dragon, the heat sink is oversized to provide the best thermal transfer and heat dissipation to enable your PC to game 24 hours a day.

What's in the Box?

Check it out for yourself! Besides a plethora of necessary cables and connectors you also get a cool "Do Not Disturb" door-hanger, a slick Gaming case badge and a stylish Gaming I/O panel.

Gaming Device Port

You want more FPS, lower ping, but why use a pro-Gaming mouse with old-fashioned standards? MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized for high polling rate mice (500 to 1000Hz) which lowers your mouse's response time from 8 milliseconds to 1 millisecond! This gives a much smoother mouse response in games. The additional gold plating on the ports enhances the durability drastically and ensures your PS/2 and USB ports are always working when you ship out to a LAN party.

Gaming Benefits

• More responsive
• Smoother gameplay
• Faster reactions

Technical Benefits

• 3X more gold than regular connectors
• 10X longer lifetime when plugging and unplugging
• Prevents oxidation and corrosion

Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Besides that, it also reacts faster, runs smoother, and has better mouse support. And all this comes with advanced and cool features.

Hardware Monitor

Hardware Monitor allows you to take control of your system through Total Fan and check your primary system characteristics in an easy graphical interface.

Board Explorer

This feature shows the user a visual representation of all the connectors of the motherboard and displays which devices are connected. In case of a device having a bad connection, you can easily trace it with board explorer.

OC Profiles Preview

With OC profiles you can rapidly switch between settings and save up to eight profiles. In the blink of an eye, you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the stored profiles.

Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards

MSI Gaming motherboards feature one or more PCI-Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running an AMD CrossFire gaming setup.


Audio Boost

Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games.

Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability.

The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your Gaming PC.

  • Studio level integrated 600Ω headphone amplifier
  • Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • EMI shielded audio codec
  • High quality audio capacitors

Learn more about the MSI Z87-G43 GAMING

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 8/8/2014 6:44:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI hate this motherboard

Pros: ... good thing to start out with I guess

Cons: .... this thing didn't even last me three months...
I had it replaced....twice
plus tech support was always confused about what was wrong with it
now it had another problem and it has to be replaced again....
I want my money back
get a Asus motherboard...

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or underneath the motherboard, eg 601-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
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Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/23/2014 8:12:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: fits core i7, great incorperated graphics on chip

Cons: none

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  • Jeremy S.
  • 7/20/2014 5:26:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsDecent mid-range

Pros: Good beginner-intermediate board
Easy install

Cons: A little lacking compared to the g45

Other Thoughts: This is a great motherboard to begin a build with but due to the z97 series boards out not worth it to buy a z87. i would also say just upgrade to the g45 because the g43 is lacking a few things that the g45 includes. But this is in no way a garbage board. I like it and would recommend it.

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  • James H.
  • 5/27/2014 10:03:55 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Was easy to install since I was using a MSI 890FXA-GD70 board previously. Didn't even have to remove the standoffs.

Very easy to setup with the installation disk. Drivers support is also pretty good. Did not come with Bent Pins or anything like that.

Cons: None that I can think of so far.

Other Thoughts: Easy to overclock through the BIOS. Though it can be somewhat confusing as there doesn't appear to be a literal OC Genie button on the motherboard itself: you need to go through the UEFI to activate it.

The Killer Network Manager could also cause problems and limit your bandwidth below the threshold of your ISP Bandwidth.

Been running about 1 month so far. Great board and will continue to use MSI in the future.

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  • William M.
  • 5/22/2014 10:41:53 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIts great but....

Pros: Don't get me wrong its a good motherboard for what its made and price was reasonable.

Cons: It just blew out one day out of no where.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Ronnie C.
  • 5/2/2014 7:51:08 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice MB

Pros: This is a great motherboard! Deducting 1 egg because the live update from MSI'S servers is painfully slow.

Cons: Use the cd provided for drivers. Then at your "leisure" Use the SLOW Live Update.

Other Thoughts: Wish I would have spent a few extra $$ and bought the upgraded board with SLI support.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/20/2014 7:24:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggswhat?

Pros: OK so it's fast

Cons: It's. Missing 8.1 saport

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  • Joshua H.
  • 4/2/2014 6:41:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsS'okay

Pros: It works, eventually. Liking the GUI BIOS after I get used to it. Supports anything I want to do with it. Decent price.

Cons: It was DOA. Had to go through an RMA after discovering the original shipped with bent pins and judging from some trouble shooting I did over some strange stuff it was doing may not have actually supported the newer Haswell CPUs.

Honestly, I though I was buying the G45 with some extra bells and whistles, plus more PCIe slots. I only got this on a misclick, but it works.

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  • Byron H.
  • 3/15/2014 11:14:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it!

Pros: Cannot say enough about this motherboard. Great bios features and enough to satisfy just about any pc enthusiast. High performance and fast motherboard.

Cons: I wanted to see the dragon logo glow!

Other Thoughts: Purchased for a system built for a I want one!

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  • 3/14/2014 1:32:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI and my past

Pros: So far so AWESOME. I have to say that a bad experience in 2004 led me to avoid MSI products until this year, 2014. If this board continues running the way it is right now for 6+ months or longer I believe I have replaced both Asus and Gigabyte for my go-to Intel solutions.

4670K with a Hyper212 Evo passing burn tests and prime95 at 4.6ghz. The haswells run hot(ish) and this is my 3rd build with the 4670K and now that I'm less-afraid of voltage bumps this board outperforms similarly priced Gigabyte and Asus boards running the same chip. Build quality is excellent and the little details, the dragon mostfet heatsinks, and the best UEFI I've ever seen, I am VERY happy so far. A joy to put it together and put it through the OC gauntlet.

Cons: Not a complaint but I always wish for some boards to have an extra PCB layer. The mosfets are awesome and the caps look amazing, but the Audio Boost LED is pretty pointless if you have a 2+ slot GPU even though it does offer something fresh to the very stale onboard audio market.

Layout is TOP NOTCH and it seems MSI had practically every single configuration in mind when they decided on where the lego's fit. My only gripes is that I have a personal dislike for rotated SATA ports (two are thankfully upright) and the front panel I/O headers are a little needlessly convoluted. I tried looking for MSI's easy plug thing but who knows where to get one. It's not hard, but first mobo in a while I've had to double check the manual for correct pin labels, due to the fact that the headers are separated into two different sections and they aren't labeled. Hardly worth even .05% of an egg.

The fan headers are well laid out but I'm getting tired of everyone sticking the USB 3.0 headers right next to the 24pin power connector. Aftermarket USB 3.0 cables are pretty bulky and that was the only thing I had to curse at while installing this board.

Other Thoughts: Cooler Master CM Storm Scout 2 Advanced (white)
Gigabyte Windforce R9 290X
i5-4670k at 4.6 load temps ~75-80 (i don't care!)
My Cooler Master Hyper212 EVO can fit in any configuration, it does not hang over the ram slots or the mosfet coolers, unlike the two other boards I own. I have two official CM fans on mine.
Corsair HX 750 PSU

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