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Old 22-04-13, 11:15 AM
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MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming Review

Today we're reviewing the base model in the new Gaming line of motherboards from MSI.




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Old 22-04-13, 11:25 AM
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Killer Ethernet and a Creative sound chip on a £120 mobo? Why do people pay £300+ for the Gigabyte G1 Killer boards again?
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Old 22-04-13, 11:39 AM
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Looks like a really nice price/performance board!
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Killer Ethernet and a Creative sound chip on a £120 mobo? Why do people pay £300+ for the Gigabyte G1 Killer boards again?
Audio : Realtek® ALC892
Ethernet: Killer E2205

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Equally the SoundBlaster Cinema sound is good, but it's still a Realtek ALC892 beneath the hood. The merits of the Killer Networking solution have been long debated, and whilst there isn't any particular advantage in ping or speed in standard situations, if your PC unexpectedly starts updating something or you forgot to kill a torrent, then the traffic shaping keeps your gaming smooth.
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Really nice review, like how the mention of the audio and network were kept to the facts

Re: Killer NIC:
Not sure I'd want traffic shaping forced via integrated hardware (most routers will provide this if required anyway)
(from a security pov wouldn't want an integrated embedded device with layer0 access)
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Audio : Realtek® ALC892
Ethernet: Killer E2205


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Really nice review, like how the mention of the audio and network were kept to the facts

Re: Killer NIC:
Not sure I'd want traffic shaping forced via integrated hardware (most routers will provide this if required anyway)
(from a security pov wouldn't want an integrated embedded device with layer0 access)
I know dude, but they are the main features of the G1 killer boards and apparently why the are so expensive. Seeing the same sort of specs on a £120 mobo makes you wonder how Gigabyte get away with charging so much.

I did think the audio was creative though, got it mixed up with the software :\

http://www.creative.com/oem/products...are/cinema.asp
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Oh hell yeah wasn't expecting to see this reviewed !!

Thanks guys, will read now
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love the design of this board. decent performer to boot as well. great review TTL
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I am awaiting the first builds with these boards. I expect them to look great
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good review i love my g45 mobo does what it says on the tin which is all that matters but personally i would probably get the gd65 gaming board as its only £20 more..
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good review i love my g45 mobo does what it says on the tin which is all that matters but personally i would probably get the gd65 gaming board as its only £20 more..
What does the GD65 have over the 45, any idea?
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