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I currently have a decision to make between these two Motherboards ($10 price difference in my area). They both have all of the features I need, but I was leaning towards the ASUS board strictly based on Aesthetics. Anyone have experience with either of these? What would be the better choice?]



ASUS Z87 DELUXE
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX45850

MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX45780
Edited by ice_n_fyre - 9/24/13 at 5:55am

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I currently have a decision to make between these two Motherboards ($10 price difference in my area). They both have all of the features I need, but I was leaning towards the ASUS board strictly based on Aesthetics. Anyone have experience with either of these? What would be the better choice?]



ASUS Z87 DELUXE
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX45850

MSI Z87 MPOWER MAX
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX45780

 

 

I've owned many, many asus board and recently this z77 mpower and Asus def have the most polished bios and software suite.

 

If those two boards are anything like the z77 versions, they both are of outstanding quality, yet you will probably have shoddy customer support from both company.

 

I'd pick the z87 mpower max out of the two, mostly because I like how MSI market this board as something big rather than just another z87 board. I also personally find asus' new colors hideous, but that's just me. You'll have more small fun yet useless features (that asus would normally include only in their ROG series board) with the MSI board.


Edited by splinterize - 9/24/13 at 6:03am
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It seems that there is little to differentiate the boards that are available, overclocking is at the mercy of your CPU

If your system is windowed then looks are going to be a concern, and the BIOS is something you should think about
The ASUS bios is indeed very polished and incredibly easy to work out, and I am comparing this to Gigabyte's bios which I found a tad messy.
MSI's bios on previous generations has been great too though.

one little note, which is not really that important, but I do find that ASUS boards boot a little quicker. what is everyone else's experience on this?
    
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I say the ASUS,,that yellow is horrible
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It seems that there is little to differentiate the boards that are available, overclocking is at the mercy of your CPU

If your system is windowed then looks are going to be a concern, and the BIOS is something you should think about
The ASUS bios is indeed very polished and incredibly easy to work out, and I am comparing this to Gigabyte's bios which I found a tad messy.
MSI's bios on previous generations has been great too though.

one little note, which is not really that important, but I do find that ASUS boards boot a little quicker. what is everyone else's experience on this?

 

 

With the MSI board you can enable a quick boot feature. I'm using a SSD with mine though so I cant tell if it's working on not.


And about the bios, I think that while MSI's is great, Asus' does feel more polished. Both are fully functional but the Asus is prettier to me.

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Thanks for the input guys. I have had good experience with ASUS as well, I chose the MSI as an option becuase it is in a similar price range and the marketing really caught my attention. Decisions, Decisions.
post #7 of 13
well if you are like me , you have to live with that purchase for about 3 years, so normally I would say experience.
Moving from Gigabyte to ASUS however was a new direction for me, the Gryphon marketing got me.....I was lucky this time, marketing has a habit of making me look foolish! smile.gif
    
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Those are both excellent board choices - I honestly don't think you can go wrong with either one. Features-wise, they're almost identical. There is some minor difference in how the ports are laid out, the MSI includes a M-SATA port on the top of the board (which won't get used in 99% of desktop systems) and the ASUS has a little better on-board diagnostic display capabilities. Otherwise, throw a dart and pick the one you like the looks of best. =)

Greg

p.s. I prefer the ASUS, based solely on appearances and familiarity with the ASUS UEFI BIOS.
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quick question, can the MSI flash the bios with no cpu or ram fitted? I think this is one of the best things ASUS have done and wish it were available years ago when CPU choices meant that a motherboard needed an older CPU to update the bios for compatibility
    
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post #10 of 13
I always opt for the Asus board so I'd go with the Asus Z87 Deluxe in this situation. There aren't many instances in which I would opt for another manufacturer over Asus for a motherboard. This is not one of those cases. +1 for Asus.
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