56points

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming

72points

MSI Z97 Gaming 5

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
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49 facts in comparison

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming vs MSI Z97 Gaming 5

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5
56
points
MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
72
points
MSI Z97 Gaming 5

Why is MSI Z97-G43 Gaming better than MSI Z97 Gaming 5?

  • 1 more PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
    ?

    1vs0
  • 2 more USB 2.0 ports
    ?

    6vs4
  • 3 more PCI slots
    ?

    3vs0

Why is MSI Z97 Gaming 5 better than MSI Z97-G43 Gaming?

  • Easy to overclock
    ?
  • 300MHz higher overclocked RAM speed
    ?

    3300MHzvs3000MHz
  • 5 more fan headers
    ?

    5vs0
  • 2 more PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
    ?

    3vs1
  • 2 more USB 3.0 ports
    ?

    4vs2
  • 1 more GPUs supported
    ?

    3vs2
  • 2 more PCIe x1 slots
    ?

    4vs2

Price comparison

General info

1.Easy to overclock
?

Overclocking your system is normally quite a complicated procedure, but some manufacturers provide a button or a program where one click will automatically overclock your computer, giving you increased performance.

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5
2.Easy to reset BIOS
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The motherboard has a button or switch on the rear panel to clear the CMOS, which resets the BIOS to factory settings. This is useful if something goes wrong with the BIOS which stops your computer from booting, as you can reset the BIOS without opening the case to access the CMOS jumper.

For example

Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5
3.multi-GPU
?

The number of GPUs supported when using a multi-GPU configuration. Using more than one GPU in parallel can give increased performance.

Best

MSI X99A Gaming 9 ACK

4

2

3

4.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.

For example

Asus B360M-Kylin

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5
5.CPU sockets
?

The motherboard has more CPU sockets. Multiple CPUs are typically used in servers.

Best

Asus Z10PE-D16 WS

2

1

1

6.Has Wi-Fi
?

The device can connect to Wi-Fi.

For example

Asus ROG Strix H370-I Gaming

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5

Memory

1.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.

Best

Asus Z10PE-D16 WS

16

4

4

2.RAM speed
?

It can support faster memory, which will give quicker system performance.

Best

MSI X299 Raider

3466MHz

1600MHz

1600MHz

3.maximum memory size
?

The maximum amount of memory (RAM) supported.

Best

Asus Z10PE-D16 WS

1024GB

32GB

32GB

4.overclocked RAM speed
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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.

Best

ASRock X299 OC Formula

4600MHz

3000MHz

3300MHz

5.memory channels
?

More memory channels increases the speed of data transfer between the memory and the CPU.

Best

MSI 990FXA-GD80

8

2

2

6.Supports ECC memory
?

Error-correcting code memory can detect and correct data corruption. It is used when is it essential to avoid corruption, such as scientific computing or when running a server.

For example

MSI E3 Krait Gaming V5

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5

Connectors

1.USB 3.0 ports
?

More USB 3.0 ports allow you to connect more devices to your computer that support USB 3.0. USB 3.0 is an improved version of USB 2.0 which offers faster transfer rates.

Best

Asus Z87-Pro

14

2

4

2.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.

Best

Asus Sabertooth X99

12

0

5

3.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.

Best

Asus X79 Deluxe

8

2

2

4.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.

Best

MSI 990FXA-GD80

12

6

6

5.has a HDMI output
?

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5
6.RJ45 ports
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RJ-45 ports are used for LAN (Local Area Network) connections. With more ports you can achieve increased bandwidth across a LAN, or connect to multiple networks. It also has the added benefit of not losing connection to the network if one fails.

Best

Gigabyte GA-6LXSV

5

1

1

Expansion slots

1.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.

Best

Asus X99-S

8

1

3

2.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.

Best

EVGA Classified SR-2

7

1

0

3.PCI slots
?

PCI slots allow you to connect peripherals to the motherboard, most commonly graphics cards but also others such as sound cards and network cards. PCI has been superseded by PCI Express which offers faster data transfer rates, but many cards today still use PCI.

Best

Gigabyte GA-P85-D3

4

3

0

4.PCIe x4 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 ‘x4’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

Asus Sabertooth X99

1

0

0

5.PCIe x8 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 ‘x8’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

Supermicro X9DAX-iF

3

0

0

6.PCIe x1 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 ‘x1’ represents the number of lanes it has, with more lanes supporting higher data transfer rates.

Best

ASRock H110 Pro BTC+

12

2

4

Audio

1.audio channels
?

Each channel is a separate stream of audio information. More channels can provide a more realistic experience, such as providing surround sound.

Best

Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z5

10

7.1

7.1

2.audio connectors
?

More connectors means that more audio devices such as speakers or microphones can be connected.

Best

EVGA Classified SR-2

10

6

6

3.Has S/PDIF Out port
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S/PDIF is an interface used to transmit digital audio with high fidelity.

For example

Asus TUF Z370-Pro Gaming

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5

Storage

1.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 Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5
2.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 Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5
3.Supports RAID 0
?

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0 stripes the data across the drives, giving increased performance and capacity compared to a single drive. The drawback is that if one drive fails, you lose the data on all drives.

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5
4.Supports RAID 10 (1+0)
?

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 10 (1+0) stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. It gives increased capacity and 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.

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5
5.Supports RAID 0+1
?

RAID is a storage technology that combines multiple disks into one unit. RAID 0+1 stripes and mirrors the data across the drives. This gives increased capacity and performance compared to a single disk. It also provides greater data security in case one drive fails, as the data will still be accessible from another.

For example

Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 7 Pro

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5

Miscellaneous

1.Has USB Type-C
?

The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.

For example

Asus Prime B360M-A

MSI Z97-G43 Gaming
MSI Z97 Gaming 5

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