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MSI H81M-E35 V2 Motherboard Review

Today we're taking a look at another mainstream LGA1150 board: MSI's H81M-E35 V2. We'll determine what an enthusiast might give up by choosing a low-cost platform.

Overclocking

We reached 4.2GHz with the G3258 we’re using for our tests. It's the second one we obtained after our first sample was unstable over 4GHz on any board I tried. My successful overclock was achieved with one manual setting: changing the CPU Ratio from Auto to 4200MHz. We did try the OC Genie and were a little disappointed that it did nothing.

Given that a few benchmarks showed lower results after the overclock, and since we could not record BIOS screen shots, we cannot rule out the possibility of some sort of firmware bug.

Joe Trott is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews motherboards, specializing in budget Intel chipsets.