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MSI MSI Gaming Z97-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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2 out of 5 eggs Probably a good board if it works 08/08/2014

This review is from: MSI MSI Gaming Z97-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Very nice point and click bios
Easy to use OC options

Very cool dragon shaped heat sinks.

Cons: Killer lan is anything but killer. Wouldn't recognize my lan cable even after installing drivers. The drivers on the included CD seemed to break more things than they fixed and with no access to the internet to get updated drivers I had to rely on putting them on a USB from my laptop.
I had read the solution to most of these problems was to update the bios to the latest version so I did that and... bricked after updating (note: I used mflash, not liveupdate).

Too much bloat in the bundled software (why did they include software to do things they obviously spent a lot of time including in the clickbios?)

Other Thoughts: Got this on combo bundle with a i7 4790k for 85$ off. In hindsight I should have listened to the other reviewers and went with one of MSi's more tried and true boards, but oh well. Live and learn.


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Display Name: Michael S.

Date Joined: 01/05/03

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