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Which Motherboard?: MSI Z77A-G45 vs GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by vawrvawerawe, Nov 11, 2012.

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    been extremely satisfied with my GD80. Considering the price difference, most definently MSI
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    i currently have the g45 and its a damn sexy board for the price, when i first got it was 165 over at frys, but the price matched newegg for 120, soo it was a steal.
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    Thank you. What is the difference between the two in terms of features? Is there anything in the Gigabyte one that would be worth paying 65% more?
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    The Gigabyte board has one more PCI 1* slot than the MSI board. The MSI board has one mSATA connection while the Gigabyte board has none. Other than that, I don't see a difference in features.

    Also, some food for though. The highest Intel IB overclock in 3dmark11 was done with the MSI MPower board.

    http://www.techpowerup.com/174864/MSI-dominates-3DMark-11-Performance.html
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    theyre basically the same. The 2 msi pcie slots run at 16x while the gigabytes slots run at 16x and 8x
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    From what you guys are telling me, I should basically definitely get the MSI one.
    The only thing I could tell is different, is:

    MSI: 2 USB 3.0
    Gigabyte: 6 USB 3.0
    --- verdict: Extra USB 3.0 is not important to me.

    Gigabyte has one more PCI 1x slot
    --- verdict: the only PCI things I will be using are the Wireless card and Graphics card. So this benefit is useless to me.

    Extra Features:
    Both have different names, but overall, it seems to be pretty even.
    --- verdict: not enough knowledge to know if one is better than the other.

    Overall, it's looking like the MSI is a steal!


    @xxdozer: I looked at your system specs, and it's very similar to what I want in my system. So if you are happy with the MSI Z77A-G45, then I will be too!
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    trust me you will, i went from an amd build to this, and i couldnt be happier! cheers! and for the price its THEE PERFECT deal.
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    If both slots are populated they will run at 8x on both motherboards.
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    ahhh ok, im still new at this lol
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    Good to know!
    Would this mean if I added also a PCI wireless-n card, that it would lower PCI graphics performance?
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    nopeeee. youre good.
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    There is no PCI slot on the MSI board.

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    A PCI-E 1x or USB based card would work fine. Neither will change the performance.

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