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MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX High Performance CF Intel Motherboard
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Pros: -Good Price for what you get
-Good starting Mobo for your first build/basic comp
-Works well and looks good

Cons: So I got this Mobo for its price point and what it had to offer, but after tinkering with a lot of the settings I'm slowing realizing that maybe spending an extra $50-$70 would have been worth it. For one when I got this INTEL board for my NVIDIA GPU I thought later I could SLI, turns out you can only crossfire on this mobo (granted it says its crossfire ready on the box I stupidly thought you could SLI being an Intel chipset...never again).
Another thing was the memory I bought that I thought would work wasn't compatible (Corsair Vengeance 2X4GB 1600Mhz) it only reads it as 1333 in the BIOS till you OC it THEN it reads 1600. again something I should have looked into harder but got caught in the savings
- My Last thing was it really doesn't allow you to do a whole lot in the OCing in the BIOS menu, a LOT of the options are greyed out so you can't OC the way you want. All I can really do is use the OC Genie it has (OC my i5 4670K from 3.2Ghz to 4.0 Ghz) then use the Intel Extreme Tuning tool that came as a program for the board to tweak my Overclock to how I like (4.3Ghz -4.5Ghz).

Other Thoughts: Don't make my mistake, look to make sure EVERYTHING is compatible with the board, a lot of things aren't, if you want to SLI on this board, buy a different one. If you want to do a lot of overclocking to the BIOS directly, buy a different board. This board is great though if you're looking to not really overclock at all and just want a 1 GPU setup.


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Display Name: Christopher A.

Date Joined: 01/05/14

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 01/20/14
  • Last Review: 01/20/14
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