What you have to know about the MSI Z97-G55 SLI (MS-7921)

Basic features of MSI Z97-G55 SLI (MS-7921)

Official website: http://www.msi.com/...
Socket: Intel® LGA 1150
Chipset: Intel® Z97 Express
Memory: DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866/.../3300 MHz
PCI-Ex16: 3
PCI-Ex1: 3
PCI: 1
SATAIII: 6
USB 3.0 ports (Front): 4
USB 3.0 ports (Rear): 6
Form Factor: ATX
Multi GPU: SLI/CrossFire

It seems to be a very decend low-mid range z97 motherboard. I may even say that it is a good board for its price of 90 euros.

I am not going to tell you all the good and bad feautres of the motherboad, instead I just want to share with you some facts that pisses me off.

The fact #1
There is no labels on the motherboard. You have to read the manual to find every last connector, such as power switch, power led, cpu fan and others.

The fact #2
You cannot run e3-1231v3 cpu at turbo clock of 3.8 ghz on all four cores. 3.6 ghz is the maximum turbo speed if all four cores are enabled.

The fact #3
The motherboard goes crazy if you try to overclock your cpu with BCLK. It does not recognieses gpu and sends video output somewhere else. If you go through black screen and boot to Windows it will see an extra "unrecognized display" which can't be enabled.

The fact #4
There is no screws at all! The motherboard package does not include any kind of screws. This is the very first motherboard I have ever bought without mounting screws in its package.

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thomasemil on 23 June 2016 00:17 says

Fact 1#

This is just nice to have, i haven't had a problem with this.

Fact 3#

I ocmy BCLK too, on 101 Mhz. i did not get any Problems with the Grafiksignal.

Or do u use the on Bord GPU?

Fact 4#

Why do u want screws, there are normally enough by ur case

I am happy with it , a beautiful pice of pcb,just the m2 *2 is to slow.