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    Question Which MB? MSI Z87i vs GIGABYTE GA-Z87n-WIFI [mITX]

    Hi,
    I'm about to build my first PC - a new mini ITX system. So far I have purchased an Intel i5 4670K CPU.

    My question to any gurus out there is which is the better motherboard between the MSI Z87i vs GIGABYTE GA-Z87n-WIFI?

    MSI
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...=5&subcat=2071

    GIGABYTE
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...=5&subcat=2574

    Many
    thanks,
    Dibbles

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    Thumbs up Re: Which MB? MSI Z87i vs GIGABYTE GA-Z87n-WIFI [mITX]

    Anyone?

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    Default Re: Which MB? MSI Z87i vs GIGABYTE GA-Z87n-WIFI [mITX]

    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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    Default Re: Which MB? MSI Z87i vs GIGABYTE GA-Z87n-WIFI [mITX]

    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply. The other boards are out of my price range... I have checked google and read several reviews on the two boards, but the review are both good and there are some conflicting points between the both. I was wondering whether anyone on here could give me a concrete answer.
    Thanks,
    Dibbles

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    Default Re: Which MB? MSI Z87i vs GIGABYTE GA-Z87n-WIFI [mITX]

    I posted the links because there aren't many ITX related posts in the forum.

    You might be able to get feedback or answers to specific questions in the MSI user to user forum.
    https://forum-en.msi.com/
    You should probably create a new thread and post your questions in the MSI Intel Core-iX series boards forum.

    It will help if you include specific questions in your post relating to both motherboard models.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
    .


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    Default Re: Which MB? MSI Z87i vs GIGABYTE GA-Z87n-WIFI [mITX]

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    I posted the links because there aren't many ITX related posts in the forum.

    You might be able to get feedback or answers to specific questions in the MSI user to user forum.
    https://forum-en.msi.com/
    You should probably create a new thread and post your questions in the MSI Intel Core-iX series boards forum.

    It will help if you include specific questions in your post relating to both motherboard models.

    Hi,
    Thanks again for your reply. I've ended up purchasing the Gigabyte board. My reasons were: UK support is supposed to be better and it was 10 cheaper than the MSI board, but with many of the same Z chipset features. Will update the post with some pics when it arrives.
    Regards,
    Dibbles

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    Thumbs up Re: Which MB? MSI Z87i vs GIGABYTE GA-Z87n-WIFI [mITX]

    You're welcome, thanks for the update.
    I look forward to seeing how your "monster" mini ITX system turns out.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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