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MSI Z87-G43 Gaming vs ASRock Z87M Extreme4: 37 facts in comparison

1. RAM speed

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.
1600MHz
ASRock Z270 Taichi: 21233MHz
1600MHz

2. Signal-to-Noise ratio (DAC)

When an audio chipset converts a digital audio signal to an analogue one (for example when playing an MP3 on your speakers), a certain amount of noise is added. A higher SNR means that there is less added noise and the audio quality is better.
115dB
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5: 123dB
115dB

3. overclocked RAM speed

The motherboard supports overclocking the RAM to a higher speed. By increasing the speed at which the memory runs, you can boost the performance of your computer.
3000MHz
ASRock Z170M OC Formula: 4500MHz
2800MHz

4. Supports RAID 1

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 1 mirrors the data across the drives. This gives you greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another.
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
78% have it

5. SATA 3 connectors

SATA is an interface used to connect mass storage devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray drives. SATA 3 has a native transfer rate of 6 Gbit/s, which is twice as fast as SATA 2, the previous revision. This is particularly useful if you use an SSD as it can perform at higher speeds.
6
MSI 990FXA-GD80: 12
6

6. maximum memory size

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.
32GB
Asus Z10PE-D16 WS: 1024GB
32GB

7. has a HDMI output

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
75% have it

8. PCIe 3.0 x16 slots

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates. PCIe 3.0 offers higher transfer rates than PCIe 2.0, and can give increased performance.
1
Gigabyte GA-7PESH3: 8
2

9. PCIe 2.0 x16 slots

PCIe slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. The ‘x16’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.
1
Asus P9X79-E WS: 7
1

10. memory slots

More memory slots (also known as DIMM slots) allow you to add more RAM to your computer. It is also useful when upgrading, as you can add RAM to an empty slot instead of replacing an existing memory module.
4
Asus Z10PE-D16 WS: 16
4

11. USB 2.0 ports (through expansion)

The motherboard has USB 2.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
4
Asus P8Z77-V Pro/Thunderbolt: 10
4

12. Supports USB charging boost

This feature allows you to charge your devices (such as smartphones and tablets) faster than a regular USB port. Some implementations also let you charge through the USB port even when the computer is in sleep mode or off.
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
47% have it

13. fan headers

Fan headers are connection points on the motherboard that cooling fans can be connected to. Fans can also be connected straight to the power supply, but when connected to the motherboard you gain much finer control over them through software.
5
Asus Sabertooth X99: 12
5

14. Supports RAID 5

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 5 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security as if one drive fails, the data will still be accessible from another due to the use of parity.
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
70% have it

15. Supports USB turbo mode

This can allow faster data rates over USB, such as when transferring files to an external hard drive.
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
32% have it

16. Has integrated graphics

With integrated graphics you don’t need to buy a separate graphics card.
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
10% have it

17. height

33mm shorter.
244mm
Asus Tinker Board: 53.3mm
277mm

18. USB 3.0 ports (through expansion)

The motherboard has USB 3.0 headers, which are pin connections that you can connect additional USB ports to.
2
Asus X79 Deluxe: 8
2

19. Has S/PDIF Out port

S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
65% have it

20. DisplayPort outputs

Allows you to connect to a display using DisplayPort.
1
Asus Z97-Deluxe/USB 3.1: 2
0

21. memory channels

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.
2
MSI 990FXA-GD80: 8
2

22. Has TPM connector

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is a component that greatly increases security. One example is that it allows encryption keys to be created in a secure environment, minimising the risk of a hacker gaining access.
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
62% have it

23. has a VGA connector

VGA connector is a widespread connector and is found on many video cards, computer monitors, and some television sets.
MSI Z87-G43 Gaming
ASRock Z87M Extreme4
44% have it

24. PS/2 ports

PS/2 ports are used to connect mice and keyboards. Although they have been replaced by USB, they are still useful in corporate environments where USB ports are disabled for security reasons.
1
ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance: 4
1

25. USB 2.0 ports

More USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 2.0.
6
Asus Sabertooth 990FX: 10
4

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