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MSI H87-G43 LGA 1150 Intel H87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX High Performance CF Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Price
Aesthetics
Cool graphical BIOS

Cons: No output from onboard DVI connector
Placement of SATA connectors
Updating BIOS using MFLASH did not work

Other Thoughts: I installed the H87-G43 motherboard with an i5-4570S CPU and no additional graphics card. I connected my LCD panel to the onboard DVI connector. When I booted for the first time, nothing displayed on the LCD. So I installed an old PCIe graphics card, connected the LCD to it, and was able to get to the BIOS. In the BIOS, I changed the default graphics device from PEG to IGD, saved the changes, moved the LCD back to the onboard DVI connector, and rebooted. Still no display. I found an old VGA cable and used it to connect the LCD to the onboard VGA connector. This worked.

I posted this issue to the MSI forum, but no one there could help me. The only suggestions I got were to clear the BIOS and ensure I was using a single-link DVI-D cable (done and done).

4 out of the 6 SATA connectors are horizontal, making them difficult to connect (too close to hard drives installed in full-sized case).

I tried updating the BIOS using the MFLASH utility. Supposedly, you can copy the ROM to a USB drive and update it from there. Although the BIOS was able to see the ROM on the USB device, it locked up when I initiated the update process. I instead had to make a bootable USB drive using Unetbootin with FreeDOS + MSI's firmware update utility.

Board: MSI H87-G43
Bios: Version 2.5
VGA: Integrated i5-4570S Intel HD 4600
PSU: Antec NeoECO C NEO ECO 520C 520W ATX12V (40A 12V rail)
CPU: Intel Core i5-4570S Socket 1150 2.9 GHz 65W
MEM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
HDD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) + Western Digital WD Green WD10EARX 1TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
COOLER: ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
OC: None
OS: Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS

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Display Name: Samuel W.

Date Joined: 01/09/07

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