We are overall pleased with the MSI Z87-G45 GAMING. It has a number of advantages and doesn't seem to be much worse than the more advanced Z87-GD65 GAMING model. It just has fewer power phases but its 8-phase power system with premium Military Class 4 components is quite sufficient. It doesn’t have a heat pipe between the two auxiliary heatsinks but the latter don’t get very hot at work. It has no additional SATA controller, but its six SATA 6 Gbit/s ports should be enough for the majority of users. It has no onboard Power, Reset, GO2BIOS and OC Genie buttons, but they are not very necessary whereas the required Clear CMOS button is present. It offers V-Check Spots instead of V-Check Connector for measuring voltages. The two mainboards have the same expansion slots working at the same speed. Their back-panel connectors are identical, too. We can name only two things the junior model is indeed inferior in. It has no POST indicator and it only has one BIOS chip. These features are not crucial, yet important.
The MSI Z87-G45 GAMING makes full use of the capabilities of the Intel Z87 chipset. It is fast and economical. We could easily overclock our CPU and memory with it. Of course, the mainboard is not perfect, having typical downsides of MSI's products we've mentioned in this and earlier reviews, but overall it is an above-average LGA1150 product which certainly deserves your consideration.