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This review is from: MSI Z87-G55 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I liked the fact this came right out of the box and into the case and fired up without a hitch. I've had some troubles with MSI in the past, and didn't think I'd ever use them again, but the price was hard to pass up. I purchased this board, along with a Core I5-4460 processor and 16GB of memory (GSKILL F3-1600C9Q-16GAB) and everything was literally plug in and go.
Cons: The manual indicated there was a connector to plug all of the case connections into before plugging into the header on the board, but the box didn't have one. Not a big deal - this is the only fault I could find with this board. Also, installing the drivers from the disk was extremely fast, but using the Update6 utility for follow-on updates is HORRIBLY slow. I might suggest you go to the website and just download what you need rather than use this utility...
Other Thoughts: I added a larger heat-sink to the processor (DYNATRON K17 ) just in case - I don't trust those heat-sinks that come with the processors...READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Z87-DELUXE LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: I purchased this board 8/2/13 after having gone through 2 MSI Z87 MPOWER motherboards that gave me nothing but trouble. (NewEgg item#N82E16813130691). The installation was a typical motherboard installation, with nothing unexpected. The system powered up, and has worked flawlessly since installation. For the extra $40, the lack of headache was worth it. I should have started with ASUS in the beginning.
Cons: Initially I had some difficulties with the USB ports, but after I installed the updated drivers, all is good. All I can assume is they rushed the release of the board before the software guys had all the bugs worked out. I updated the BIOS as well, just in case. The process is simple, and everything is available from the website.
Other Thoughts: I'm running this board with the following components:
-Intel 4770K processor, overclocked to 4.2Ghz
-MSI Z77 MPOWER DDR3 1600 16GB AVD3U16000904G-4CM
- ZALMAN CNPS9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler Fan
Pros: The board looks awesome
Cons: The BIOS flash doesn't work.
Other Thoughts: I purchased the first board, and the installation went as planned. It would not accept the BIOS re-flash to the newer version, and the process crippled the first copy of the BIOS. I had to switch to the backup copy to use the board. I called MSI tech support to insure I was doing things properly, and they confirmed the BIOS flash was bad.
I bought another board to replace this one, and after installing it, it wouldn't work - it powered on for 1/2 second, then powered off. I just sent that board back.
I've decided MSI doesn't quite have their game together, so I'm switching to an ASUS board now...