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So guys, I went out and bought an i7 4770k at microcenter today and decided to get the cheaper MSI z87-GD65 over what i thought was the more expensive Gigabyte Z87x-UD4H. Later today i realized they advertised a bundle where you could get the 4770k and UD4H for $430, while i paid $455 for the GD65 and 4770k. I'm gonna try to see if I can take the MSI back and swap it for the Gigabyte and get some money back but I'm tempted a little bit to keep the MSI.

So my question is what do you guys think I should do, I have a lot more confidence in Gigabyte motherboards than I do in MSI motherboards and really like the look of some of the z87 boards. But i do like some things on the GD65 such as the Killer e2200 NIC(don't care about the audio as i have a creative soundblaster anyway). So what do you guys think, should I keep the msi or try to get the gigabyte?
heres the two boards btw

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http://microcenter.com/product/414818/Z87-GD65_Gaming_Socket_LGA_1150_ATX_Intel_Motherboard
Gigabyte
http://microcenter.com/product/414773/GA-Z87X-UD4H_Socket_LGA_1150_ATX_Intel_Motherboard
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Gigabyte has better VRM.

MSI has newer Realtek codec and Killer NIC.

Also MSI seem to include Virtu MVP download link on their website. Not sure whether it's trial or full version.
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Originally Posted by DeXel View Post

Gigabyte has better VRM.

MSI has newer Realtek codec and Killer NIC.

Also MSI seem to include Virtu MVP download link on their website. Not sure whether it's trial or full version.

You did forget to include that the MSI has better onboard fan control. But in terms of overclocking, the Gigabyte takes the lead between the two imo. Killer NIC is really nothing special at all. And OP already seems to have a good sound card, so the newer Realtek codec won't help him.
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MSI advertises full fan control. Gigabyte improved their fan control too, but it gets better on higher tier boards. From what Sin0822 said, UD4H might not have full fan control, so you're probably right.

Although the question is how limited fan control on UD4H is?
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Yeah i wasn't really sure much of a difference the killer e2200 would make. I have a dedicated sound card so I could care less about onboard audio. I'm thinking the gigabyte will probably be better plus i have a lot more faith in their products after all the problems i've read about msi motherboards(although chances are I doubt i'd have any, I'm gonna call microcenter in the morning and they should let me swap it out i think.
I've honestly opened it no more than the employee there opened it to try to check the number of power phases by looking at it in front of me, digging into the packaging for the manual.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kinaesthetic View Post

You did forget to include that the MSI has better onboard fan control. But in terms of overclocking, the Gigabyte takes the lead between the two imo. Killer NIC is really nothing special at all. And OP already seems to have a good sound card, so the newer Realtek codec won't help him.

Can you tell us what's exactly better in the fan control? smile.gif
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So the ud4h is a better board despite haswell being such an oven?
Maybe save more and get the ud3h....i
I have been skimming through threads question the quality of MSI and it seems that gd65 boards are crap. I really hope this particular board isn't, so does the mpower suck too?
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