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MSI Z87-G45 vs. MSI Z87-G65 vs. G1 Sniper Z87

I'm curious about which of these boards are more cost effective. I'll be running this mainly for gaming and I probably won't have any plans for overclocking, or at least not overclocking heavily. In Australia the G65 and Sniper Z87 are both priced at $259, and the G45 is priced at $199 so I'm really curious as to which one I should get. Please help!
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  1. Cost effective depends on if you would use the features of the G65 that are different from the G45. You can easily compare them at MSI's web site.

    Regardless, I recommend the Gigabyte.

    IMO Gigabyte has more reliable boards. This board in particular has nice features for the price including the good audio solution.
  2. I did the comparison and I noticed that the only real difference between G45 and G65 is an extra 2 SataIII ports, which I'm guessing doesn't really live up to the extra $60. So then it becomes between the G45 and the G1 Sniper Z87. I'm now puzzled as to whether or not $60 is worth the features that the Sniper provides, or are there perhaps any other better alternatives within that price range?
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    Scriggles said:
    I did the comparison and I noticed that the only real difference between G45 and G65 is an extra 2 SataIII ports, which I'm guessing doesn't really live up to the extra $60. So then it becomes between the G45 and the G1 Sniper Z87. I'm now puzzled as to whether or not $60 is worth the features that the Sniper provides, or are there perhaps any other better alternatives within that price range?


    G45 vs G65
    "Everything that is OC-oriented is gone with the Z87-G45 GAMING; the buttons, probe header, dual BIOS, OC Genie switch, and a SATA 6 Gb/s controller are all missing, and we have a different, less efficient VRM."

    As I said though I think Gigabyte is better quality in general, and it has better audio. I could run down the list of features I suppose but frankly I'm just not comfortable recommending MSI period for motherboards.
  4. Do you think there could be another, perhaps better alternative to these two?
  5. I dug around a bit more, what about the ASRock Z87 Extreme 6 as an alternative to these? Would the performance be better or worse?
  6. Im currently in the same boat as you scriggles!!! what did you end up choosing?

    im leaning towards the GD65 but keep reading about these QC issues and reliability problems and its slowly deterring me, i don't know enough about the ASrock boards, i do like the sound software on the Z87 sniper and i also like the sabre tooth asus but is that thermal armour and radar gimmick just that - a gimmick?
  7. davyde said:
    Im currently in the same boat as you scriggles!!! what did you end up choosing?

    im leaning towards the GD65 but keep reading about these QC issues and reliability problems and its slowly deterring me, i don't know enough about the ASrock boards, i do like the sound software on the Z87 sniper and i also like the sabre tooth asus but is that thermal armour and radar gimmick just that - a gimmick?


    I actually decided to go with the ASUS Maximus VI Hero due to its overwhelming response from the community. EVERYONE seems to love it, and I'm assuming if you're looking at the Sabertooth it isn't out of your budget yet. I mean I did like all the features that MSI supplied as well as the pricing, and I did read somewhere that the QC has improved for MSI but if the Hero is such a good board, I guess $100 isn't THAT much of an increase in budget. Also I hear that USB headsets (if you do use large ones like those) don't actually make use of the onboard sound processor so there's really no point in getting the Z87 if you don't use the audio jacks.
  8. thanks buddy! ill keep it all In mind!

    currently torn between an mATX and ATX setup.
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