|RAM||64 GB DDR3 1333|
|Memory Speed||1000 MHz|
|Hard Drive||1 TB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
MSI Computer Corp. Motherboard ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards Z87-G45 GAMING
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- Chipset: Intel Z87 Express - Extra Features: OC Genie 4, Sound Blaster, Audio Boost, Optimized 'Gaming' Ports
- Memory: 4x DDR3-3000(OC)/ 2800/ 2666/ 2600/ 2400/ 2200/ 2133/ 2000/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Buffered, Max Capacity of 32GB
- Slots: 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (run at x16, x8/x8, or x8/x4/x4), 4x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots • 6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connectors) • 8 x USB 2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 6 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
- SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10; 1x mSATA Port
- LAN: Killer E2205 PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
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|Chipset Type||intel_z87_express||intel_z97_express||intel_z87_express||intel_z97_express||Intel B85||Intel Z97|
|Processor (CPU) Model Socket||LGA 1150||LGA 1150||LGA 1150||LGA 1150||LGA 1150||LGA 1150|
|Item Dimensions||9.6 x 12 x 2.5 in||11.7 x 13.8 x 2.8 in||9.6 x 11.9 x 1.4 in||11.7 x 13.8 x 2.8 in||2.03 x 10.24 x 10.63 in||12 x 13.5 x 3.4 in|
|Item Weight||1.1 lbs||3.25 lbs||3.95 ounces||1.78 lbs||1.9 lbs||3.96 lbs|
|Memory Slots Available||4||4||4||4||4||4|
|Ram Memory Maximum Size||32 GB||—||—||—||32 GB||32 GB|
|RAM Technology||DDR3 1333||DDR3 1333||DDR3 1333||DDR3 1333||DDR3 1600||DDR3 1333|
|Total Pci Slots Free||0||6||0||6||0||5|
|Total SATA Ports||6||7||8||7||4||11|
MSI Z87-G45 GAMING LGA1150/ Intel Z87/ DDR3/ 3-Way Crossfire & 2-Way SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A & GBE/ ATX Motherboard
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I was happy to see my previous slower (1333 MHz) DDR3 ram worked great in this mobo, paired with a new Haswell I5-4670k. I was also able to place the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO cpu cooler/fan easily on this board, and even easily access the DIMM slots after installing the stupid-large fan+radiator. Haven't tried overclocking, but figure I will down the road - hence the giant fans. I'll upgrade the ram before trying.
The motherboard was sturdy and had minimal (no appreciable) flex when installing the support bracket for the fan, or when attaching to the standoffs inside the case.
The risers on the board were all in good places (for CPU fans, system fans, case-usb ports, speaker/led/power/reset switches, etc. The connectors for peripherals all felt sturdy - remember to remove the dust-covers before trying to jam them through the EFI shield. The mechanical fasteners for the PCI-e and DIMM inserts were smooth and solid.
The bios is a big jump up from the earlier paradigm, and adjusting boot sequence (to do a fresh install of the OS from DVD) was trivial. The controls for variable fan-speed control are excellent, and seem to have smart defaults too. My system is silent in normal use and very quiet when gaming. No decibel meter, so just qualitative data, but impressed with the speed control setup regardless.
You'll need to install the drivers for the Killer GB ethernet port before it is operational.
On a stock win7 x64 install (original pre-SP1 release, followed by 100 million updates), the Realtek audio drivers worked by default for the component-out. However, and this probably a win7 thing, to get the PCM/SPDIF audio working, I had to change the defaults from "play through HDMI" (auto-detected from the TV I have hooked up that way) to using the digital out from the mobo. That then worked great.
Random tip that will help the 3 people in the universe who also still have logitech X-5500 speakers and use windows and buy this board: The speakers will support 24bit 96k audio. The Z87-G45 will do more than that (but defaults to CD quality 16bit 44k on first use). Go ahead and change the settings through windows, you'll be very happy with the combination of this board and those speakers using the optical audio. Probably just as good with coax, but I've never tried it that way.
The "install everything" one click option from the driver disk includes some bloatware, so pay attention before just clicking OK. You might want the stuff, but I didn't.
The first real issue I came into with this motherboard though before all of that was the amount of fan headers or lack of... there's simply not enough fan headers to classify this as a "gaming" motherboard. I couldn't plug in 5 fans without needing a splitter.
On the good note, the bios is super easy to work with. OC genie or whatever they call it is perfect for the beginners i know are out there, and it's a safe oc as well. I will use this board for a server that sits 24/7 all the time. And I will just hard down it when I need to
After trying to clean off a 1cm square section in the lower corner with rubbing alcohol, I realized whatever it was, wasn't going to come off that easily. So I just threw caution into the wind and connected it up.
Came on in a single try. No tweaking needed... and the Bios... OMG THE BIOS... I love the GUI for the Bios. it is extremely user-friendly with its options. And I especially love the Hardware Explorer that shows you literally every device that's plugged into the board.
I would definitely recommend this board for anyone looking to upgrade.
EDIT: I have changed my original ratings and dropped it from 5 to 3 stars
After a couple weeks I've noticed a few random B.S.O.D. "DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL". I was worried it was my RAM since this is the most common cause. Changed the RAM to low profile ones and ran the PC. Got a B.S.O.D. within 36hrs. After running a CrashDump analyzer, it showed that a file "e22w7x64.sys" for the "Killer e2200 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller" was causing all the B.SO.D. I've been getting (22 in 4 weeks).
I decided to Google just the "e22w7x64.sys" filename and all the results returned were about B.S.O.D. crashes. Apparently the drivers that ship with this board is not compatible with 64bit versions of Windows.
The motherboard, however is excellent. But it's the annoying B.S.O.D I cannot get accustomed to.