- Intel Z87
- 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
- DDR3 3000(OC)/2800(OC)
MSI z87-g41 PC MATE MB 01/20/2014
-Good Price for what you get
-Good starting Mobo for your first build/basic comp
-Works well and looks good
So I got this Mobo for its price point and what it had to offer, but after tinkering with a lot of the settings I'm slowing realizing that maybe spending an extra $50-$70 would have been worth it. For one when I got this INTEL board for my NVIDIA GPU I thought later I could SLI, turns out you can only crossfire on this mobo (granted it says its crossfire ready on the box I stupidly thought you could SLI being an Intel chipset...never again).
Another thing was the memory I bought that I thought would work wasn't compatible (Corsair Vengeance 2X4GB 1600Mhz) it only reads it as 1333 in the BIOS till you OC it THEN it reads 1600. again something I should have looked into harder but got caught in the savings
- My Last thing was it really doesn't allow you to do a whole lot in the OCing in the BIOS menu, a LOT of the options are greyed out so you can't OC the way you want. All I can really do is use the OC Genie it has (OC my i5 4670K from 3.2Ghz to 4.0 Ghz) then use the Intel Extreme Tuning tool that came as a program for the board to tweak my Overclock to how I like (4.3Ghz -4.5Ghz).
Don't make my mistake, look to make sure EVERYTHING is compatible with the board, a lot of things aren't, if you want to SLI on this board, buy a different one. If you want to do a lot of overclocking to the BIOS directly, buy a different board. This board is great though if you're looking to not really overclock at all and just want a 1 GPU setup.
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