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This review is from: MSI Z87M-G43 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 uATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Once you have the right arrangement of hardware it's okay.
Cons: As another reviewer pointed out it's unstable, especially when it comes to your memory selection. I first tried CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB (CMY16GX3M2A1866C9R) and the system wouldn't even post.
I swapped that out with my previous rig's memory and the system was fine, so I looked on MSI's website for compatible memory and went with G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (F3-12800CL9Q-16GBZL), thinking that the system might not like 1866 memory or 8GB modules. With this memory the system seemed fine, until intensive gaming at which point the system randomly BSODed. I basically had no idea if this was a Windows 8 issue or another hardware component (it was my first rig with an SSD). So I tried Windows 7, and also put various components in my old rig to see if they were the issue. When I'd pretty much exhausted testing all the components I concluded it was the motherboard.
Eventually I was about to give up on the motherboard so I looked at the other Z87 uATX boards, and on one of the Gigabyte ones the reviewer mentioned that it wasn't stable when 4 sticks of memory were installed. I removed one set of DIMMs, and sure enough the system was stable. So I think there might be something wrong with uATX Z87 motherboards in general when it comes to having 4 DIMMs installed.
Really wanting 16GB, for whatever reason, I got G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series (16GB F3-1600C9D-16GXM), this time looking at G Skill's website to verify that they had been tested with this board. Finally I have a stable system with 16GB of memory.
Other Thoughts: It's not fun when your you build a new gaming rig and it won't post. I've always had good experiences with MSI in the past, so this was kind of surprising. Once you have the right combination of components installed, though, its perfectly fine. There isn't much selection when it comes to uATX Z87 boards so this is probably as good a bet as any.
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB
XFX Double D FX797GTDFC Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB
Intel Core i7-4770K
This review is from: ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: It was fine until it stopped working.
Cons: This is quite possibly the worst experience I have ever had with a motherboard. Everything was okay until about three months in, then the SATA controller stopped working. I contacted technical support and they determined that indeed the SATA controller had gone defective. I sent the motherboard in for an RMA. About one month later they contact me telling me that they don't have any replacements in stock. They say they can replace it with a P5N7A-VM which ISN'T EVEN AN LGA 1156 MOTHERBOARD. How could I possibly work with a motherboard that my processor can't fit in, Asus? I told them to send me back the defective unit, as only the 3GBs SATA controller was defective, the 6GBs SATA controller still worked so the MB was still functional, but I could only have two SATA ports.
Other Thoughts: About ten years ago I was told that Asus was the brand to go with. I have owned two Asus motherboards, and both of them have had problems. This one was by far the worst experience, and I WILL NEVER BUY AN ASUS MOTHERBOARD AGAIN.READ FULL REVIEW