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MSI Z97M-G43 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3300(OC)/3200(OC)/3100(OC)

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MSI Z97M-G43 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Supports 4th and 5th Gen Intel® Core™/Pentium®/Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-3300(OC) Memory
  • M.2 + USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • Guard-Pro: Improved Protection and Power Efficiency
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • 4K UHD Support: Ultra-high Definition Visual Experience
  • 4 Display Outputs: DisplayPort/HDMI/DVI/D-Sub Support
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • Multi-GPU: AMD CrossFire Support
  • Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
  • Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds
  • Super RAID: Easily Setup & Configure Intel® Technologies

Enjoy a blazing fast system boot up and insanely fast loading of applications and games with selected MSI motherboards. We offer the next generation of high speed storage support through M.2 and SATA Express. M.2 and SATA Express transfer data through a PCI Express 2.0 x2 interface up to 10 Gb/s, making it 67% faster than SATA 3.0 solutions.

Faster storage solutions with M.2

M.2 is the successor to mSATA, offering a 67% performance increase up to 10 Gb/s. M.2 is packed in a small form factor and is compatible with 3 different sizes to fit most storage solutions.

Flexible fast storage with SATA Express

SATA Express introduces a new solution in high speed storage through PCI Express, providing more bandwidth for the latest generation SSDs. We offer flexible solutions with a M.2 to SATA Express converter for more convenience


MSI 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 a AMD CrossFire™ gaming setup.


Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Super Ferrite Choke and Solid CAP will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.


Dark Choke uses the special core design and allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature with higher capacity and better power efficiency and stability.


With their aluminum core design and Japanese made quality, Solid CAPs are made for high-end design motherboard. Not only do Solid CAPs could provide lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), but also work firmly for over-10-year.


ECO Power helps users to manage their hardware and power usage. Save up to 29% power consumption by completely disabling unnecessary hardware. ECO Power not only lowers the power consumption but also avoids short circuiting and signal noise.


With specially designed circuit protection, the MSI motherboard protects the CPU against overheating and USB devices from short circuiting.


With the one-second overclocking option OC Genie we're giving you even more performance. Just hit the button and your PC gets another adrenalin shot straight away. Give your system an awesome performance boost with ease.


Carefully selected materials, multiple PCB layers and shielding result in the best circuit protection for our motherboards.


With MSI ECO Center you can physically cut the power to unused chips to save up to 29% power usage.


10% Reduction in moisture absorption helps prevent "Conductive Anodic Filament". Untreated PCB's can have 10x higher failure rate.


All key components used in MSI motherboards have all passed military testing ensuring stable operation in the harshest environments.


Each and every I/O port is protected against the hazards of Electro Static Discharge.


All MSI motherboards comply with stringent American FCC regulations and reduce the impact of Electromagnetic Interference.


The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features. Click on the button on the right to visit our dedicated BIOS page and learn more.



MSI's 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.



MSI Live Update is renewed! Our popular software automatically downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS and software. Rest assured while your system is always configured using the latest software so you get the maximum performance and stability.



MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD.

  • Speed up system performance
  • Load complete game images
  • Speed up games, apps and browser


Save the planet, lower your electrical bill. ECO Center lets you disable unused chips and functions used on your motherboard. By cutting off the power entirely, your motherboard will run more efficient, up to 29%!


The MSI Smart Utilities application helps to easily setup, configure and boost your systems' performance and more through 3 Intel® key technologies:

  • Intel® Rapid Start
  • Intel® Smart Response*
  • Intel® Smart Connect

*This feature only works on platform/model that supports Intel® Smart Response technology.


No more seamless waiting for your O/S to be loaded! MSI Fast Boot helps to make your system boot lightning fast. MSI Fast Boot also features a GO2BIOS button. Simply click it to restart your PC and go straight to the system BIOS.


Enjoy awesome 4K UHD video playback with MSI 9 series motherboards. MSI motherboards that are equipped with HDMI port(s) support the latest 4K UHD (2160p ultra-high definition) resolution to provide an unprecedented breathtaking visual experience.


Enjoy the awesome HD video playback now! MSI motherboards that equip with HDMI port(s) supports the latest and the most innovative signal outputs to provide an unprecedented visual experience.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • David M.
  • 11/8/2015 3:33:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI Z97M-G43

Pros: M.2 Socket
Awesome BIOS
Color Scheme

Cons: Only 3 Fan Headers
Very picky USB ports
Only 1 PCIE Gen 3 Slot
90 degree USB 3 Header

Other Thoughts: Spent considerable time troubleshooting the board before and after I installed Windows 7 Pro. I still receive an A2 error code upon bootup but it doesn't seem to impact system performance. When I plugged in my USB Logitech c920 camera into a USB 3 port the problems started. Experienced hangups during boot. I then switched out my USB Wireless adapters for the mouse and keyboard to USB 3 and plugged the camera into a USB 2 and that fixed the bootup issue and cleared the 9C error upon bootup. For some reason I cannot get my Bitdefender Internet Security software to work with this mobo. Doesn't even recognize the system's connected to the internet. The software would also cause hangups during boot. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling with no success. I now run avast which seems to perform better and doesn't replicate any of the problems I had with Bitdefender. Could be a driver issue. I don't game so I can speak of discrete graphics performance. The M.2 socket works great. No problems and the board recognized the drive right away. The USB 3 header position may pose a problem depending on your build. Overall, the board performs as I expect but be careful which USB ports are used with different devices. Don't use the Live Update utility to upgrade the BIOS. System will freeze and you'll have to clear the CMOS to get the board to boot again. Couldn't get Windows to wake from sleep with a USB device and finally realized I have to initiate wake up from USB in the BIOS. Different than ASUS. BIOS layout is great and easy to work with and responsive. Love the GOTOBIOS utility where I can choose to enable fast boot or go direct to bios from the desktop. I give the board 5 stars because once I spent time getting everything working correctly the board performs as I want. Here's my build:

Corsair Obsidian 350D
Corsair CX500M
MSI Z97M-G43
Intel i5 4690k
HyperX Fury 16GB DDR3 1866
Crucial MX200 M.2 250GB
Crucial MX100 2.5" 512GB

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  • Chad W.
  • 10/28/2015 6:42:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHigh end, sturdy and inexpensive

Pros: Easy install, came with all the equipment needed. Very solid quality build. Great high level performance system for reasonable price

Cons: None so far

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  • Thomas D.
  • 9/24/2015 11:09:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Very solid and reliable board
Runs 24 hours a day and has been for 6 months as a PFSense router with absolutely zero problems.

Cons: No cons at all. (rare these days)

Other Thoughts: Intel i5 4690k CPU, 16gb PC3-2400 (8x2) G.Skill Sniper RAM, Kingston Hyper SSD 120gb, stock CPU cooler, a pair of Intel gigabit PCIeXpress NICs for IN/OUT router use.

This was a drop in place upgrade from an Asus B75 i3-3220 mobo in my PFSense 2.2.4 router. This is connected to a UPS and routes DSL traffic from a Centurylink Transparent bridged DSL modem to my HP procurve 10GB 48 port switch running my home and home based business.

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  • Valerie P.
  • 8/28/2015 5:17:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid board!

Pros: Solid board- No trouble using this in my latest build with an i7-4790k. The 4-pin MB power connector is a nice legacy feature. Allowed me to use an old Ultra X power supply I had sitting around for the build.

For the price, I really can't complain.

Cons: Couldn't get the drivers CD to auto run. Downloaded the latest drivers from MSIs site. Problem solved.

OC Genie doesn't seem to work for me. Will try OCing manually in the future.

Other Thoughts: Why does connecting the front audio ports on the MB STILL disable the rear audio ports?
I remember this being an issue years and years ago. Kind of surprised to see this still hasn't been addressed.

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  • Wes C.
  • 8/10/2015 5:52:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board for the Price

Pros: Bought this for a friend who works with photos. It was a breeze to set up and the bios was 1.8 where the most recent was 1.9. No need to flash it.
The board checked out to handle everything at blazing speeds even though it's not a high end gamer. This application was more for workstation needs and handles it very well so far.
Everything was spaced well (no problem with cpu cooler nudging out ram)
Very clean install.

Cons: I really didn't find any.

Other Thoughts: Would buy another in a heartbeat if I have the need.

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  • Scott L.
  • 5/28/2015 12:33:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBIOS defaults are odd

Pros: Works as advertised. All features are there and work. Handles my v4.5 Haswell perfectly, um, well. Not using it for a high powered rig, but wanted a Z97 chipset and 3 monitor out. This fit the bill as the cheapest one on the day I looked.

Cons: BIOS defaults are odd to me. For Windows 8.1 and 10, I had quite a bit of tweaking to do. Now, mind you, again, I wasn't building a high end system, so maybe I wasn't their "target customer", but still, you expect the advanced features to be off and the basic ones to be on, not the other way around. Nevertheless, the BIOS is laid out well and easy to navigate and setup. I immediately turned off the ugly POST screen, and will turn off legacy BIOS POST all together as soon as everything is working right. No one cares to see that garbage anymore.
Memory slots are really, really close to CPU. Probably not quite the best layout for OC, but many other models are very similar.

Other Thoughts: It's early, but I could see myself getting another MSI.

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  • Thelma V.
  • 2/14/2015 8:25:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: Good board for the price.
Uncommon color scheme
Easy to work with

Cons: I wouldn't buy this board for overclocking. It can't adjust LLC so your overclocks may be more unstable than with a board that can.

That said I'm not going to dock an egg for that since overclockers should be paying a premium for performance and features anyways.

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  • Carl B.
  • 2/8/2015 4:03:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Product !

Pros: High quality, good stability, easy overclock, it have a lot of connectivity and MSI features. Currently used with Intel 4690k and G-Skill TridentX 2400 MHZ memory.

Cons: Nothing

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  • Vadym C.
  • 12/23/2014 8:08:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works as advertised.

M.2 support is a must nowadays. Say No to cables!

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I was looking for workhorse, no whistles and bells micro-ATX, M.2-capable board. This one fits the bill very well.

BIOS (or whatever they call it nowadays) upgrade went smooth. Download zip file from MSI support site, unzip binary file, reboot, point to the file on flash drive and a couple of minutes later it will reboot with new BIOS.

Good support for memory configuration. In fact more settings (tens of them) than I'd like to learn. My Apotop memory would not even boot in XMP mode, so after many try and errors I managed to find manual clocking settings which worked.

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  • Niclas K.
  • 11/20/2014 12:10:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: * Price;
* Interface (SATA-600, M.2, USB3.0, Optic Audio); and
* Large spectrum to OC RAM.

Cons: * Only 2 SATA cables included;
* ALC898 sounds decent so long as you are using cheap speakers or headphones; and
* No stickers.

Other Thoughts: Hey MSI, where is my case sticker?

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