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 Post subject: Motherboard selection - any experience with MSi or ASRock?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:47 pm 
Coppermine
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I'm buying the mobo/CPU this weekend and I've narrowed down my choices to the following. Has anyone had any experience with any of these boards (or any comments about the manufacturers):

MSi Z87 G45 Gaming
ASRock Z87 Extreme4

I would also consider the MSi MPower Z87...BUT it doesn't offer any additional features I would want. I would only consider it because of the factory testing and because it seems MSi has been improving their support. I would have considered ASUS, but none of the boards available impressed me.

NOTE: I will be buying from the local MC so the board selection is much more limited. These are three where I feel most comfortable.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.


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 Post subject: Re: Motherboard selection - any experience with MSi or ASRoc
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:31 pm 
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Both are pretty good brands. That ASRock mobo is using more generic features such as Realtek audio and Intel NIC. The Gigabyte is more gamer oriented opting for a Killer NIC and Creative for audio. Personally I think the Intel NIC is a better solution and the Creative is actually a software package.

If you are a gamer, probably the Gigabyte will give you some features you may like. If not go with the ASrock and save a few bucks.


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 Post subject: Re: Motherboard selection - any experience with MSi or ASRoc
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:21 am 
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ASRock makes some incredible buy boards---most of their boards in fact. I am blown away that frankly their quality and engineering exceeds its parent ASUS company now.

MSI makes a spectrum of boards ranging from low end fair quality to beautifully engineered boards. Their $120+ boards are great. Boards below $80 need to be considered case by case. For old EOL type replacement boards I prefer their $50 boards to Biostar, Foxconn, Jet, EVGA, ECS, etc. My biggest criticism of MSI is poor online tech support. Manuals can be uninformative, BIOS updates sparse and troubleshooting advice/help non-existent.


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