MSI Z87 Motherboard Roundup: Rockin Haswell, A HotHardware Review

We’ve already had a taste of what ASUS and Gigabyte have to offer in the way of Z87 motherboards, and now it’s time to give MSI’s lineup a spin. MSI’s offering of Z87 motherboards has essentially three tiers: the “POWER” series (which includes four XPOWER and MPOWER boards), a trio of gaming boards, and five mainstream boards. The company sent us a motherboard from each area to put through their paces.

The Z87 chipset goes hand-in-hand with Intel’s 4th-generation Haswell processors, and we outfitted the three MSI boards--the tiny Z87I, the Z87-G45 Gamer, and the Z87 MPOWER Max overclocker--with an Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5 GHz) CPU to see how the trio performs.

Via:  HotHardware
realneil one year ago

I have the Z87-G45 Gaming on the shelf with a i5-4670K to go into it.

I'm looking forward to getting the build done.

Dave_HH one year ago

That's a solid, reasonably priced board, Neil. Good luck!

realneil one year ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]That's a solid, reasonably priced board, Neil. Good luck![/quote]

I got the board on sale at Newegg. It and the CPU were not too expensive. An XSPC 750 Raystorm 360 Water cooling kit will cool the CPU.


NelsonLee one year ago

I already have the Z87-G45 gaming w/ i5 - 4670k installed, it works perfectly without a hitch and I was able to OC it to 4k easily

Dave_HH one year ago

Nice, Nelson. Standard air cooling?

MarioColon one year ago

so is this motherboard future proof with gaming??

realneil one year ago

[quote user="MarioColon"]

so is this motherboard future proof with gaming??


I think so. One of the things that I liked about it, (and why I bought it) is that it has mSATA slot on the motherboard. I have a friend with a 240GB mSATA drive for sale and I'm saving to get it.

I'll have it on the board when I do my build.


mrgoodwr3nch 9 months ago

im looking into a msi z87-g45 with a 4670k. does anyone run this setup? and how reliable is it? im not looking to go crazy with overclocking

hope i posted in the right place

realneil 9 months ago

[quote user="mrgoodwr3nch"]im looking into a msi z87-g45 with a 4670k. does anyone run this setup? [/quote]


I bought both of these, but haven't built the system yet. My friends tell me that the performance is great. Reliability is usually good with MSI boards.

Andrymgs18 9 months ago

This or TUF series by Asus??

rsmit339 9 months ago

I was wondering this to...

AlbertoGarcaAlcolea 9 months ago

Great guide, I really struggle to find a place where you explain these applications well, I'm afraid to change the settings because it is easy to make a mistake

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