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Old October 18, 2011, 05:41 AM
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Question MSI Z68A-GD80 vs Z68A-G43


What is the real difference between these two motherboards? There is a huge price difference between them. I would like to use crossfire in near feature and building a new system. Which one would you choose and why?

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Old October 18, 2011, 06:23 AM
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Two totally different prices and feature sets. The differences are very much dependent upon what you plan on doing with it.

If you are going to pop in a CPU, install into a case and never overclock the the G43 seems to be a good choice. It even has SATA 6G and USB 3.0 ports which is certainly a plus.

On the other hand, the GD80 is MSI's creme de la creme board (below the Big Bang products of course) and comes with literally more of everything. It has a BIOS geared towards overclockers, a higher end PWM, expanded connectivity and a 5 year warranty.

Honestly, the G43 is good enough for 99% of users while the GD80 is geared towards power users.
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