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    Default MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

    With the new Intel Processors on the horizon, motherboard manufacturers have gone into full force with the new updated chipsets. Today we are going to be looking at the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard. MSI really took the market strong since its release of the Z77 Gaming addition motherboards and has since grown its gamer series design into multiple platforms. With the Z87 chipset, MSI really made some great improvements not only in their design and aesthetics, but they also really stepped it up with an intuitive software system and improved GUI interface across the board.Today, we are going to put their newly developed MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard to the test. While the Gaming 5 is not the flagship motherboard, we are still very excited to see what updates this will bring to the future. Let's dive right in!

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    Default Re: MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

    Nice review Kenny. I'm sure some of the odd performance deficits will be ironed out as BIOS revisions are released, but other than that the board pretty much performed like I thought it would. Still kinda pricey for a "Gaming" motherboard, but Asus is worse with their ROG lineup and it's still not TOO terrible.

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    Good review Kenny. Love the look of this board. Good performing also.

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    Great review Kenny nice looking board thanks for posting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mgutierrez33 View Post
    Nice review Kenny. I'm sure some of the odd performance deficits will be ironed out as BIOS revisions are released, but other than that the board pretty much performed like I thought it would. Still kinda pricey for a "Gaming" motherboard, but Asus is worse with their ROG lineup and it's still not TOO terrible.
    Yea, I am sure with each bios update the performance will reflect better (or worst) sometimes, same goes for the GTX670 used in all those reviews. The Nvidia drivers show improvement in scores (now results vs before).. But that the time of the reviews on some of those older motherboards, the GTX 670 was still pretty new.. The only reason why i have held onto the last 670 I have is so I can use it as a ref as my test card on motherboard reviews so I can keep the scores relatively close.

    @ $159.99, its priced right for the features you get, so I don't think its on the expensive side. You will pay roughly $10-$20 cheaper for a more budget board and get much less features and dumbed down specs so paying that extra $20 will prove to benefit in the long run here. the ASUS boards are much higher in price range, but again, you do get what you pay for...

    I have a ASUS board in for review now, I just pulled the MSI board off the bench last night and the ASUS is going on the bench next so we will see how well the board does.

    Quote Originally Posted by killjoyjim View Post
    Good review Kenny. Love the look of this board. Good performing also.
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    Great review Kenny nice looking board thanks for posting
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    Default Re: MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard Review

    As always a very well done indepth informative review, and priced right considering what you're getting for the money spent

    Good job my friend
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    good review Kenny. that's a nice board.
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    Can always count on Kenny to provide an indepth great review. MSI has taken great strides to make themselves a go to board maker. I now have 2 MSI boards and I love them both. The new design of the Gaming series looks great.
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    I am liking MSI more and more, well done review Kenny!

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    Good review Kenny, nice looking board, good performance too, acceptable price.

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    Thanks for a great review Kenny.

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