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I am deciding between two motherboards:

MSI Z97 GD65

MSI Z97 Gaming 3

 

I ordered the GD65 brand new from Amazon but it seems that they sent me a used motherboard (it wasn't sealed). So I am returning this for a refund.

 

However I have noticed the motherboard has a slightly brown colour to it. On a closer look it appears the browniness is the result of the bus lanes on the motherboard. Does this mean the PCB is brown or black? I don't understand what makes a PCB 'black'. Is the slight brown colour universal?

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I am deciding between two motherboards:

MSI Z97 GD65

MSI Z97 Gaming 3

 

I ordered the GD65 brand new from Amazon but it seems that they sent me a used motherboard (it wasn't sealed). So I am returning this for a refund.

 

However I have noticed the motherboard has a slightly brown colour to it. On a closer look it appears the browniness is the result of the bus lanes on the motherboard. Does this mean the PCB is brown or black? I don't understand what makes a PCB 'black'. Is the slight brown colour universal?

Uhm.. what?

 

A black PCB is just.. black.

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Uhm.. what?

 

A black PCB is just.. black.

 

Completely black? Or are the bus lanes always brown?

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If it's not all black, then i don't consider it black.

 

I hate brown.

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The PCB being black refers to the actual fiber glass material. If they don't use enough material over the circuits, it can result in the natural copper color being shown.

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Completely black? Or are the bus lanes always brown?

Its a brown board I have the lower end 45 

keep in mind that the gaming 3 is worse than both

there are black boards which the gaming 3 is one of

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It's "black" but there are not many motherboards that are true black.

 

So does that mean that the Gaming 3 motherboard will likely also have brown bus lanes?

 

If it's not all black, then i don't consider it black.

 

I hate brown.

 

Racist :P jks

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Its a brown board I have the lower end 45 

keep in mind that the gaming 3 is worse than both

there are black boards which the gaming 3 is one of

 

So the GD65 is better than the Gaming 3 even though the GD65 has a brown PCB and the Gaming 3 has a black PCB?

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Here's what they advertise (edited):

mb_img_01.png

Here's what you get:

tarjeta-madre-msi-z97-g55-sli-1150-hdmi-

 

Damn corporations...

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Here's what they advertise (edited):

Here's what you get:

They have this lovely disclaimer at the bottom of the product pages:

2. Due to photography and/or monitor settings, coloration of product images may vary from actual product.

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So is that misleading advertising typical of all non-£300+ motherboards?

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Asus RoG Series are Black PCB, at least my Z97 ranger is

 

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So the GD65 is better than the Gaming 3 even though the GD65 has a brown PCB and the Gaming 3 has a black PCB?

Yes it is just looks

I honestly cant tell though with my board unless I go right up to it

Thats that. If you need to get in touch chances are you can find someone that knows me that can get in touch.

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So does that mean that the Gaming 3 motherboard will likely also have brown bus lanes?

 

 

Racist :P jks

Black Motherboards with white/gray/red/black circuits all day fam

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I am deciding between two motherboards:

MSI Z97 GD65

MSI Z97 Gaming 3

 

I ordered the GD65 brand new from Amazon but it seems that they sent me a used motherboard (it wasn't sealed). So I am returning this for a refund.

 

However I have noticed the motherboard has a slightly brown colour to it. On a closer look it appears the browniness is the result of the bus lanes on the motherboard. Does this mean the PCB is brown or black? I don't understand what makes a PCB 'black'. Is the slight brown colour universal?

 

Different colours of PCB = different colours of materials used, or they painted it or something.

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Its a brown board I have the lower end 45 

keep in mind that the gaming 3 is worse than both

there are black boards which the gaming 3 is one of

I don't suppose you know exactly how the GD65 is better than the Gaming 3? In terms of BIOS features? And what about in terms of overclocking?

 

I ask because I might need the M.2 slot on the Gaming 3 in the future. But I do not NEED it right now.

My laptop has an M.2 SSD and in case my laptop breaks, I would move the SSD into my PC.

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I think a GD65 - Gaming 3 comparison was mentioned in one of my previous threads but I cannot recall anything specific in terms of OCing or BIOS features.

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