MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ReviewBluePanda - August 7, 2013
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MSI Z87-G45 Closer Look:
Every motherboard manufacturer has its own set of software tools that best work with its hardware; you saw quite a few of the options MSI has with the Z87-GD65. To no surprise the Z87-G45 has most of the same packages as well as a couple of its own tools to show off.
Qualcomm Atheros Killer Network Manager is used to manage your network connection. Here you can tailor the bandwith to your desire and promote better usage for game play. On the overview menu you can see your system info listed in real time. The PC Monitor tab allows you to graphically see usage on the board in real time - CPU usage is shown here for example. The applications tab allows you to control the bandwith for specific applications accessing your network, allowing you to give priority to your current game. You can also configure your network here and change advanced settings as long as you know what you are up to.
The use of the Realtek ALC 1150 codec brings with it the Realtek HD Audio manager control panel that proves to be fully functional. An added enhancement is the inclusion of the Sound Blaster Cinema Suite. This enables the use of several preset options including Movie, Game, Music, and a Custom profile. Configurable within the profiles are Surround, Crystalizer, Bass Boost, Smart Volume, and Dialog Plus. I do laugh at the fact that the start up page says "SBX PRO STUDIO" at the top, but if you take a quick glance the font honestly reads: "SEX PRO STUDIO".
MSI Command Center is used for near full BIOS control within Windows. You can control the Core Frequencies, CPU Voltage, Clock Ratio, DRAM Voltage, GPU OC, and grab the OC Genie from here. It's honeslty a graphic toy that allows you to do somethings you might normally do within the BIOS, which can be seriously dangerous. Use your smarts!
Live Update 5 is used for checking MSI's servers for updates to the installed utilities, BIOS, and drivers. This process can run automatically or manually - your choice.