MSI Z87 Motherboard Roundup: Rockin Haswell
|4th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors for LGA 1150 socket
Intel Z87 Express Chipset
Supports two DDR3 DIMMs 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000* (*OC) MHz,
up to 32GB Max
Supports Dual-Channel mode; non-ECC, un-buffered memory; Intel XMP
1 x VGA port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 @60Hz, 24bpp
1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 @60Hz, 24bpp
1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160 @24Hz, 24bpp/ 2560x1600@60Hz,
24bpp/ 1920x1080@60Hz, 36bpp
Realtek ALC1150 Codec (7.1-Channel High Definition Audio)
Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller
3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
4 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
Supports 3-Way AMD CrossFireTM Technology, 2-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology
Supports one SATA ports (SATA1~6) by Z87, up to 6Gb/s transfer speed
1 x mSATA port
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)
The Z87-G45 has a Realtek ALC1150 codec that supports 7.1 channel HD audio, but MSI also loaded the board with Audio Boost, which consists of a headphone amplifier, gold-plated jacks, and audio circuitry that’s isolated from other circuits on the board to avoid interference. It also features Sound Blaster Cinema software, like the Z87I.
Z87-G45 sports a PS/2 port, two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, coax and optical S/PDIF, six audio jacks, and a clear CMOS button. Of the three onboard video ports, the VGA and DVI-D support max resolutions of 1920x1200, while the HDMI port can handle 4K resolutions; any two can be paired up to support a second display.
The LAN port boasts a Killer E2200 networking chip that prioritizes game traffic for low latency. In terms of gaming features, MSI also tricked out the PS/2 and USB 2.0 ports for high polling rate mice to support response times as low as 1 millisecond.