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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.


We want to like this board for its intended target market, the typical budget-conscious home user who probably won't do much tweaking. It certainly beats the miserably minimalist big-box offerings, with their insufficient ports and substandard components.

MSI identifies this board as "Military Class 4", which, along with a generous three-year guarantee, implies it will be reliable. Still, even some cheaper boards with similar port counts offer that same warranty period. So, while platform isn't a bad choice by any means, it's going to lose in the award category because more affordable competitors (see Eric Van der Linden's round-up) serve up comparable capabilities at a substantially lower price.

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Joe Trott is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware, covering Motherboards.

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