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MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Pro Gaming with Killer Networking & Sound Blaster Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Bought this motherboard last year to complement my i7 4770K processor. I'm running it with 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 memory, a Crucial M4 128GB SSD, and a Gigabyte GTX670 OC (until the new 870 arrives), and Windows 8 Pro 64 bit. I enjoy the SATA 6Gb/s ports and 4 USB 3.0 + onboard 3.0 header. Drivers are stable in Windows 7 Pro 64 and Windows 8 Pro as well.

Shortly after setting everything up my computer would freeze up occasionally to the point I would have to do a button press reboot. I took the time to troubleshoot and found the issue was the Titanium Fatal1ty card I had in my computer at the time. The drivers were only certified through Vista and even custom drivers only went so far. I am going on about eight months without that card and my system has never run better. I'll eventually pickup another sound card, but for onboard sound this motherboard does better than most.

The BIOS is GUI based and can be controlled with a mouse. Not a huge fan, but it is surprisingly simple to navigate and adjust settings from.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: On sale this motherboard is a great buy. Supports Windows 8.1 64-bit (and Win7ProSP1 64bit) very well.

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Intel 7260HMW IEEE 802.11AC, dual-band, 2x2 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 Mini PCI Express combo Adapter - 867 Mbps+300Mbps - Internal
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I bought this to replace a problematic Azureware AR5B95 (also wireless N) from our Asus laptop. Night and day difference with wireless connections to our Linksys E3000 never dropping and the card continues to work when the other would drop off from being seen by the motherboard randomly between 10 minutes and just over an hour. I have yet to buy an AC router, but I don't doubt that the connections will be as advertised around the 750 to 800MB available through AC and or gigabit wired connections. This card is the half mini card and not the latest NGFF (next generation form factor) found in some of the latest thin laptops, so it should work as a replacement for any laptop that is several years old.

Cons: none

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Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 84W Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I74770K
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: Gets an 8.1 WEI in my system. In fact 8.1 is my score across the board (see build below). I hesitated upgrading from a slightly overclocked 950, but the processing enhancements other than just the core clock difference (3.02 to 3.5) make video encoding and just the general computing or gaming run better. I am getting temps averaging 37C, but haven't tested yet under load.

Cons: The cost could is higher than other similar 4770. Unless you are planning on using this to run some VM's or are willing to pay $1000 for an Extreme Intel processor, this is the best value in my opinion.

Other Thoughts: My build: 4770K (standard clock), MSI Z87-G45, Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600 kit, Gigabyte GTX 670 OC, Crucial M4 128 SSD, Win8Pro 64.

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Nicholas J.'s Profile

Display Name: Nicholas J.

Date Joined: 06/14/04

  • Reviews: 15
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 06/03/05
  • Last Review: 08/05/14
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