MSI Z87-G43 Review & Specs

MSI Z87-G43 Socket 1150 Z87 DDR3 SATA3 USB 3.0 ATX

MSI Z87-G43 Socket 1150 Z87 DDR3 SATA3 USB 3.0 ATX

- MSI

Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™/Pentium®/Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory
USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
Military Class Essentials: Total Protection for Military Class Motherboards
OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
4K UHD Support: Ultra-high Definition Visual Experience
3 Display Outputs: HDMI/DVI/D-Sub Support
PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
Multi-GPU: AMD CrossFire Support
Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds
Super RAID: Easily Setup & Configure Intel Technologies

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Specs Overview

Model Z87-G43
Release Date June 2013

* First availability for purchase, it may not correspond to the actual market launch date.

Socket LGA1150
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z87
Supported Memory DDR3:
1066Mhz 1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2600Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3000Mhz
* High clock speeds may require enabling the XMP profile in the motherboard BIOS
** Memory compatibility support may also depends on the CPU memory controller
ECC RAM Support
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Wireless LAN
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 6
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 0
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 32GB

Pros

  • Price
  • Overclocking capabilities

Cons

  • No SLI support
  • Average audio chip

Score Pangoly

88

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Critic Reviews

90

As we noted at the start of this review MSI seemed supremely confident in the quality of their entry level board when offering it for review and overall we have to say this confidence was well placed. It is great to see that the build quality has been...

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CPU 

• 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.
 


Chipset

• Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
 


Main Memory

• Support four DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000* (*OC) MHz . up to 32GB Max
- Supports Dual-Channel mode
- Supports non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
 

 
Slots
 

• 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
• 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
- PCI_E4 supports up to PCIe 2.0 x4 speed
• 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
• 3 x PCI slots
 


On-Board SATA

SATAIII controller integrated in Intel® Z87 chipset
- Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
- Supports six SATAIII ports (SATA1~6) by Z87 
- Supports Intel Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology and Intel® Smart Connect Technology*
* Supports Intel Core processors on Windows 7 and Windows 8.

• RAID
- SATA1~6 support Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (AHCI/ RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 10) by Intel® Z87
 


USB

• Intel® Z87 Express Chipset
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
- 10 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB connectors)
 


Audio 

• Realtek® ALC892 Codec
- 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
 


LAN 

• 1 x Realtek® 8111E Gigabit LAN controller 
 


Internal I/O Connectors
 

- ATX 24-Pin power connector
- 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- 2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
- 3 x 4-pin system fan connectors
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
- 6 x Serial ATAIII connectors
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1 x USB 3.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports)
- 1 x Serial port connector
- 1 x Parallel port connector
- 2 x System panel connectors
- 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
- 1 x Front Panel Audio connector
- 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
 


Back Panel I/O Ports
 

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
- 6 x USB 2.0 ports
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports
- 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack
- 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack
- 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
 

This platform supports dual-display and triple-display function
 

  VGA+DVI-D DVI-D+HDMI HDMI+VGA HDMI+VGA+DVI-D

Extend mode
(Extend the desktop to
the other monitors)

Clone mode
(Monitors have the same
screen)



 


Multi-GPU Support

•  Supports 2-Way AMD CrossFireTM Technology*
*Supports Windows 7 and Windows 8.
 


BIOS


• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.
 


Dimension
 

• 12.0 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) ATX Form Factor
 

 
Mounting
 

• 9 mounting holes

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