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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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Pros: Love the design
OS UI is easy to navigate
Runs between 30-40 degrees C with load
Audio is great!

Worked like a charm on the first try!

Cons: Tried to update BIOS using M-Flash and ended up having to RMA it. The update said it was done successfully but would not POST. But they replaced it for me with no hassle. I do not recommend updating BIOS unless ABSOLUTELY necessary (If it isn't broken, don't fix it). Cannot get SLI to work. See Other thoughts for more about SLI.

Other Thoughts: I want to set the record straight about a few of the reviews about this motherboard:
- Killer Ethernet is perfectly fine. Yes, it uses a program to control the bandwidth programs use when accessing the internet. I was using the bandwidth control for a while till I realized that certain programs were not working like they used to on my laptop. This is what people are complaining about in the reviews. If you have programs that are not working so well with the bandwidth control, you can disable it in an easier manner than others have stated. Open the Killer Ethernet Manager program -> under the Network tab -> uncheck the "Enable Bandwidth Control" option
Now, it will work like any other ethernet driver. Those who gave it a bad review for this problem didn't take the time to find this setting.

From the first day I set up my computer, I have not been able to get SLI to work. My components are able to handle it, but Windows freezes within minutes. But after tons of troubleshooting, I have narrowed down the issue to the graphics cards. This is no reason to take an egg off since it is not the MoBo's fault. If you want to play games on high settings, you do not need SLI. One 2 GB+ video card will suffice for that (That was part of my troubleshooting)


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Display Name: Johnathan D.

Date Joined: 01/11/13

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 07/30/14
  • Last Review: 07/30/14
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