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MSI Creator TRX40 vs Z97 GUARD-PRO


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MSI Creator TRX40

MSI Z97 GUARD-PRO

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Pangoly Score
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Pangoly Score
83
Brand
MSI
Brand
MSI
Model
Creator TRX40
Model
Z97 GUARD-PRO
Release Date
📅 November 2019
Release Date
📅 May 2014
* First availability for purchase, it may not correspond to the actual market launch date.
TDP
🔌 100 Watts
TDP
🔌 70 Watts
Recommended supported parts
Recommended supported parts
Pros
-
Pros
  • Good overclocking for a low cost motherboard
  • M.2 Support
Cons
-
Cons
  • No HDMI output
  • Mediocre onboard audio
  • Realtek NIC
Series
-
Series
-
Socket
sTRX4
Socket
LGA1150
Form factor
EATX
Form factor
ATX
Chipset
AMD TRX40
Chipset
Intel Z97
Supported Memory
DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2666Mhz 3200Mhz 3600Mhz 4000Mhz 4666Mhz
Supported Memory
DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2600Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3100Mhz 3200Mhz 3300Mhz
* High clock speeds may require enabling the XMP profile in the motherboard BIOS
** RAM compatibility support may also depend on the CPU memory controller
ECC RAM Support
Yes
ECC RAM Support
No
Audio Chipset
1 x Realtek ALC1220 Codec
1 x Realtek ALC4050H Codec
Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels
7.1 Channels
Audio Channels
8 Channels
LAN Chipset
AQUANTIA AQC107
LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed
10Gbps + 10/100/1000Mbps
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support
Yes
SLI Support
No
CrossFire Support
Yes
CrossFire Support
Yes
RAID Support
Yes
RAID Support
Yes
Back I/O Ports
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF Out
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C
  • 2 x LAN (RJ45)
  • 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
  • 5 x Audio Jacks
  • 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
Back I/O Ports
-
Wireless LAN
Yes
Wireless LAN
No
PCI-Express x16 Slots
4
PCI-Express x16 Slots
2
PCI-Express x4 Slots
0
PCI-Express x4 Slots
0
PCI-Express x1 Slots
0
PCI-Express x1 Slots
4
SATA 6 Gbps Ports
6
SATA 6 Gbps Ports
6
SATA Express Ports
0
SATA Express Ports
0
M.2 Ports
4
M.2 Ports
1
RAM Slots
8
RAM Slots
4
Maximum Supported RAM
256GB
Maximum Supported RAM
32GB
Onboard USB 2.0
2
Onboard USB 2.0
2
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 1
2
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 1
1
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 2
1
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 2
0
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Critic Reviews

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Comparison summary

Reasons to pick the MSI Creator TRX40:

  • Newer Product, it was released around 6 years later.
  • Supports NVIDIA SLI.
  • Wireless LAN Integrated.
  • +2 Slots PCI-E x16.
  • +3 Ports M.2.
  • +4 RAM slots.
  • +224GB maximum RAM supported.
  • +1 Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 1.
  • +1 Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 2.

Reasons to pick the MSI Z97 GUARD-PRO:

  • Around 30% lower thermal design power.
  • +4 Slots PCI-E x1.
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