( 4.3 Average / 62 Ratings )
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Either I am very noobish or my motherboard doesnt want me to put in my own voltage settings for overclocking, that is why i give 3 stars.
Impressive Z97 board for $40. It is truly great at overclocking my Pentium G3258.
Great and easy to use BIOS. It also supports Broadwell chips for the future.
Pretty nice. BIOS has some very cool options. Haven't used OC Gene or anything yet. Only the fan speed controls. Took some advice I'd read online and didn't install anything from the CD they gave me. I forget where I got it, now, but I found a download from Intel which just searched for and installed almost all the necessary drivers for me.
From what I've seen, this is a more basic mobo, but it should suit my needs just fine.
I did purposefully get a mobo with the Z97 chipset because I've heard it allows the CPU to run around with a few extra features. Also really wanted to have a RAID option, which this has.
I selected this motherboard because this was the best bang for my buck at the time. It offered overclocking capabilities, it had good ratings, and it was blue. It does not have SLI capabilities but that's okay with me. I didn't want to touch the realm for SLI nor was SLI in my budget. I also got this motherboard at MicroCenter for $80 so I could not pass that deal up. The BIOS is very easy to maneuver around. There are a bunch of drivers and utility programs that come with it that I never use, so I sort of consider it bloatware but, meh. It's not affecting performance.
MOBO - Solid price for a solid board. Good for oc also. Was easy to navigate around the BIOS too. The only negative for this board for me was that it didn't support SLI, even though that wasn't really in my budget. it does support crossfire though for all you amd fans
Well when they said "keep it simple stupid" MSI came up with this board, nice budget motherboard with 2 SATA cables and enough features for the common man/woman.
Very good motherboard, worked perfectly with no issues
My only complaint is that the z97 pc mate doesn't have a way to control fans from the BIOS or using software. Other than that it's great!
I got everything I wanted for what (at the time) was an excellent price. It has remained stable and inconspicuous since installation, so I'm happy.