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MSI X58A-GD45 LGA 1366 Intel X58 + ICH10R SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel X58 + ICH10R
  • Core i7 (LGA1366)
  • DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600*/1800*/2133* (OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Michael S.
  • 3/11/2014 5:20:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood Company Sells Bad Board

Pros: Have built with MSI MBs for many years, and they have remained my go-to MB after experiments with other brands. This MB (bought two) sorely tested my MSI loyalty.

Cons: Clearly this MB has serious issues if you do nothing but read these fine Newegg User reviews, maybe the reason Newegg no longer stocks this MB?

Tried to run an SSD-based OS from one of the Marvell-driven SATA 6Gb/s connectors - BIG MISTAKE! As other users document here, even after Windows is installed the system will - for no discernible reason and randomly - change the boot drive to one of the Intel ICH10R driven SATA 3 Gb/s connectors. Sorta defeats the purpose of going to an SSD, don't you think?

And although it's difficult to pinpoint, and as one other user reviewer points out, the (vertical) SATA 7 connector, driven by JMICRON, causes wonky things to happen.

Built one system for my granddaughter and another for a good friend - many miles away - and I cannot say how embarrassed these two MBs have left me.

Other Thoughts: Is it just me, or could that USB 3.0 motherboard connector have been more poorly designed?

We builders embraced the USB 3.0 introduction only to find long pins on the motherboard connector, which seem absolutely determined to bend, ESPECIALLY when trying to connect that very bulky IDE-like cable to the now hard to reach connector!

Connect the USB 3.0 cable before installing the motherboard in the case? Yeah, good luck with that! The connector already wobbles on the motherboard.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • David H.
  • 4/29/2013 9:53:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsTaking a Chance with this board

Pros: I just ordered this board (apr2013), I have not been happy with my ASUS sabertooth. I run a Xeon 6 core, and while it works in the ASUS, it boots very slow, and once it is upo it has many issues with Win764 Ultimate. The ASUS seems OK with ubuntu, but I bought it for Windows. I looked at the UD3R, but that also has had issues. There were new-new models of this MSI board available on eebay, so I took a chance. I will update once I get it in and running.

Cons: Will update once it arrives.

Other Thoughts: Will update once it arrives.

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  • Alfred Z.
  • 2/14/2012 1:48:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat purchase

Pros: easy overclock running strong for nearly a year. Purchased 03/2011

Cons: I was unable to hook up the USB 3.0 bracket due to size of my video cards.I'm sure it could be done but at time of install I wasnt that motivated, just wanted to get it up and running

Other Thoughts: The last review made me laugh so hard I had to post. Seeing the words B*st B$y and technician in the same sentence was too much. Then to see that they now offer official conclusions took the cake. I saw the you tube vid of this M/B flaming up. It looks to me like the pcie8 line was forced into the into the 8pin cpu power port.

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  • Joseph S.
  • 12/26/2011 11:36:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsx58a-GD45 caught fire

Pros: None. If zero eggs were possible, I would give the product zero eggs.

Cons: The initial x58a-GD45 had a defective DIMM_1 slot and was RMA'd to the manufacturer. The replacement mainboard that was sent to me by the manufacturer caught on fire and ruined my entire new computer. An independent evaluator determined that the mainboard was defective.

Other Thoughts: Two mainboards. Two failures. I am fortunate than my home did not burn down due to the fire caused by the defective mainboard received following RMA. I am pursuing legal redress at this time. A search of the boolean terms "x58a-GD45" AND "fire" revealed that numerous others have experienced a similar fire disaster involving the mainboard produced by MSI and that it has a fundamental design flaw.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,
“Please contact MSI customer service representative Tom at tomh@msi.com, or call Tom at 626-913-0828 ext 216 with your case details. Thank you.”
Best Regards,
Customer Service Team

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  • Joseph S.
  • 12/25/2011 3:30:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsx58a-GD45 followup

Pros: None.

Cons: If I could rate this mainboard zero eggs, I would. The first x58a-GD45 that I purchased via newegg.com had a defective dimm_1 memory slot. I RMA'd the mainboard, and MSI sent me a replacement, which was apparently a rebuilt board. After I installed it and turned the unit on, thick white-gray smoke immediately began pouring out of the case and the unit lost power. I disconnected the PSU and took the entire unit to a local Best Buy for a complete analysis of the issue. The technician reported that the x58a-GD45 mainboard was sparking underneath and had caused damage to the inside of my case and smoke damage to the remainder of my PC, including all internal parts. Everything was brand new!!! The technician indicated that the inside of the case panel was severely scorched as well. The official conclusion from Best Buy is that the mainboard was defective. I am thankful that it did not burn down my home.

Other Thoughts: Two boards, both bad. I have filed a civil case against MSI in small claims court in an effort to recover $3000 for all of the ruined components, the time that I have invested in the issue, shipping fees, etc. I originally purchased all of my parts and components brand new back in early November. I was unable to use my new computer during that time span due to the two faulty MSI x58a-GD45 mainboards, and I am still without a new computer over a month and a half later. I am extremely disappointed in my experiences with MSI. I have also notified the local Better Business Bureau in Industry City, CA. Thank you.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,
“Please contact MSI customer service representative Tom at tomh@msi.com, or call Tom at 626-913-0828 ext 216 with your case details. Thank you.”
Best Regards,
Customer Service Team

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  • Michael S.
  • 12/13/2011 12:57:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMet My Expectations

Pros: I had virtually* no issues with this board; maybe my expectations were/are not as high as some of the critical reviews. The USB 3.0 PCI connector/adapter worked well in my Cooler Master HAF 922 case because of the "offset" nature of the one PCI slot for adapters that do not actually require/use a PCI slot on the motherboard.

*See "Other Thoughts".

Cons: Number and severity of poor to worse User/Buyer ratings & comments are disturbing, especially the memory issues. Does not sound like the MSI I have known and loved for so many years. I will admit that I almost immediately flashed my BIOS to the latest update.

Other Thoughts: My optical drive would not read CDs with active content (like the ones from Maximum PC) in some of the SATA II ports; ended up going to the SATA 9 port (controlled by JMicron). Cannot definitively say this was/is an MSI issue or an optical drive issue, but I strongly suspect MSI is at fault, and I probably should have deducted one egg.

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  • James D.
  • 11/29/2011 11:37:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsCELL Menu

Pros: -Feature Filled for the price
-Looks Great
-SLI Spacing is decent

Cons: -Updated BIOS which stated "increased memory compatability" only to realize that I am no longer able to set custom memory timings. I can't even up latency to more conservative settings. The Bios ignores all of my custom timings and changes and defaults to 1066. I have litterally walked though every setting slowly and meticulously and the bios simply does not let me change timings/multiplies. XMP does not work on auto either.
-Rebate seems like it is never going to come, we'll see

Other Thoughts: I'm truly just frusterated and defeated over the BIOS issues I'm having. It really seemed to have a lot of power at the user's finger tips to tweak the system and I was genuinely impressed until I realized the BIOS ignores everything I do.

Xeon w3520
MSI x58a-gd45
Patriot Viper II Sector 7 1600 3x2Gb stuck at 1066 :(
2 GTX 260 Core 216 in SLI
Raid 0 1 TB Wester Digital 7200rpm x2

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,

We would like to apologize for the issue you have experienced with this particular MB. Please email me directly via USUserSupport@msi.com your MB's serial number and your complete contact information, subject heading "EAHX58A-GD45". I would like to help you get this resolved.

Best Regards,
User Support
MSI Product Support

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  • Philip M.
  • 11/24/2011 12:01:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMSI blew this

Pros: None .... that's what should be said for 2 boards that did not work.

A third (different model) is also problematic.

Cons: First board was DOA.
Second board BSOD'd constantly.

I am experienced and I have done a minimum of several hundred OS installs and typically do any kind of troublshooting for clients. I am almost never stumped to a point of failing to correct a machine.

Looking to not repeat the previous results I opted for a top of the line MSI "Big Bang". That exchange with MSI support was so bad. They delivered a mobo with parts missing (LOTS of missing parts). It took about 20 phone calls and several deliveries to get the missing parts. It all took a very long time.

Still no joy because the Big Bang mobo BSOD's as a result of "kernel-power". I replaced 2 power supplies (new, OCZ and Corsair) and three sets of memory (new high end Kingston, Crucial and Corsair) which had all tested as good.

Other Thoughts: Quality parts that are ready for prime time AND dependable customer support are EVERYTHING. My working for a client for free would have cost me less and possibly created a future benefit. MSI created a loss.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,

We would like to apologize for the issue you have experienced with this particular MB. Please email me directly via USUserSupport@msi.com your MB's serial number and your complete contact information, subject heading "EAHX58A-GD45". I would like to help you get this resolved.

Best Regards,
User Support
MSI Product Support

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  • Joseph S.
  • 11/18/2011 1:20:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDIMM 1 (SLOT 1) does not read memory -- RMA'd mainboard today

Pros: The board was easy to install.

Cons: DIMM 1 (SLOT 1, Channel A) simply will not read the 4GB of memory installed in the slot. BIOS reported only 8GB of 12GB of memory installed in 3x4GB configuration. BIOS also reported dual channel configuration vice triple channel configuration. Swapped memory around and confirmed that all three modules are good, and noted that DIMMs 3 and 5 function properly.

Contacted manufacturer. Exhausted all troubleshooting procedures with manufacturer tech over several days. He recommended that I RMA the board.

Strangely, CPU-z recognized all three channels and reports 12GB of memory in Windows 7 64-bit. Even CMOS setup offered options for all three slots (DIMMs 1, 3, and 5) even though it would not fully recognize the memory.

Worked extensively with memory experts at memory manufacturer forum, as well as the mainboard manufacturer to tweak frequencies, timings, and voltages in cmos setup. Nothing worked. Removed CPU, checked for bent pins, and reseated CPU.

RMA'd mainboard today.

Other Thoughts: This is my third build. I've never experienced any problems until this board. I would not have given the board one egg based on a single issue that will hopefully be corrected via RMA, but since numerous others reported the same type of memory problems, I felt compelled to post and add my voice and frustration to help others in making a good decision.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued MSI Customer,

We would like to apologize for the issue you have experienced with this particular MB. Please email me directly via USUserSupport@msi.com your MB's serial number and your complete contact information, subject heading "EAHX58A-GD45". I would like to help you get this resolved.

Best Regards,
User Support
MSI Product Support

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  • Koung T.
  • 7/20/2011 12:32:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It's a cheap x58 motherboard. Has USB 3,Sata6. Looks good. Saves power. Plenty of settings in bios. Good pci-e spacing for dual gpu.

Cons: USB 3 controller is buggy even with a firmware update and up to date drivers. Cell menu in bios can also bug memory timings. Vcore regulation is not the best. Northbridge heatsink extremely hot to the touch. Took a while to setup this board correctly and I mean not just auto everything in the bios.

Other Thoughts: Lots of fan headers on this board but only 2 can be manually controlled. If you plan on heavy overclocking beyond 4.2ghz get the asus sabertooth. Vcore setting in bios is not what is shown in bios h/w monitor it will show more vcore under load in windows so be cautious. You adjust vcore by adding or subtracting in mV to a reference vcore set by the bios.

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