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MSI Z87-G45 Gaming or Gigabyte Z87X-D3H

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  • 38% (5)
    MSI Z87-G45 Gaming
  • 61% (8)
    Gigabyte Z87X-D3H
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post #1 of 7
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Hello,
I am looking for a new Mainboard for overclocking an Intel Core i7-4770k.
I picked two Mainboards, the Z87-G45 and the Z87X-D3H. Now the question arises which motherboard I should take.

The MSI has this Killer E2205 Ethernet-Chip, brings this something while playing? Can I get a lower latency / ping with it, while playing games?
Otherwise, the two motherboards have the same functions and the same Ports (USB 3.0, etc. ) in different numbers, but that isn't relevant.
Currently the BIOS is supposed to depend on the Z87X-D3H and some functions will not really work. Can that someone confirm?

I created a poll where you can vote, which motherboard would you take (with reasons).

Sorry for my bad english, but my country language is german^^

Nevertheless, I hope you can help me.


sincerely
post #2 of 7
The MSI board has better integrated networking (definitely better than most integrated Intel NIC's) and has integrated Pro audio. The MSI board also has much better PCI-e spacing and generally looks much better than the Gigabyte board. I have owned a few Gigabyte boards and had horrific instances of bad / corrupted bios problems upon delivery. If there was a greater difference in price I'd say go for a UD4 and get an external pro Intel NIC, but in this case the MSI board looks much better and has better functionality.

- KD biggrin.gif
post #3 of 7
UD4H and UD3h both have Intel NIC, i am not sure about the D3H, why would anyone get an external NIC when you have Intel?
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UD4H and UD3h both have Intel NIC, i am not sure about the D3H

The Gigabye webpage for the -D3H says it has "Intel® LAN with high ESD Protection".
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post #5 of 7
then yes the D3h has a very good controller, the benefit of the bigfoot is the software that comes with it.
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post #6 of 7
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UD4H and UD3h both have Intel NIC, i am not sure about the D3H, why would anyone get an external NIC when you have Intel?

Specifically, a better intel NIC. The best Intel NIC you'll find in boards like the ASUS Maximus Gene and Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC are Intel i217V. I'd buy an external Intel NIC somewhere around a Intel PWLA8391GT or an Intel EXPI9301CTBLK, these NIC's are far superior.
Edited by Kepler Dynamics - 6/16/13 at 6:24pm
post #7 of 7
have you tried a lewisville NIC? The Intel solution is partly integrated into the PCH and that chip you see is the PHY, and is using the new clarkville instead of the old lewisville which is what the ones you referred to are most likely based off of. The NIC on those boards is usually the latest generation and costs a lot more and is comparable to the bigfoot solution, it just doesn't come with the software the bigfoot has.
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