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MSI Z77A-GD80 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS and Thunderbolt

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  • Intel Z77
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2800(OC)/2667(OC)

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  • Overview
  • Specifications
  • Warranty & Returns
  • Reviews



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At 10 Gbps, Thunderbolt™ technology delivers great responsiveness with data and display transfers—in each direction, at the same time—using a single cable to connect devices in a daisy chain.

Key Features include:

  • Dual-channel 10Gbps per port
  • Bi-directional
  • Dual-protocol (PCI Express and DisplayPort)
  • Compatible with existing DisplayPort devices
  • Daisy-chained devices
  • Electrical or optical cables
  • Low latency with highly accurate time synchronization
  • Uses native protocol software drivers
  • Power over cable for bus-powered devices


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MSI motherboards maintains a commitment to product stability and reliability with Military Class III components. These include:

  • DrMOS II: next-generation DrMOS with integrated Double Thermal Protection to maximize the lifespan of components.
  • Hi-C CAP: Tantalum core capacitors with high thermal stability and ultra-low ESR.
  • Super Ferrite Choke (SFC): 10% higher power efficiency, 30% higher current output than traditional choke design.
  • Solid CAP: non-volatile capacitor design with over 10 years lifespan under full load.
All Military Class III components have passed MIL-STD-810G certification, making MSI's Military Class III components synonymous with premium quality and ultimate stability.


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OC Genie II provides an instant performance boost, optimizing CPU, memory, integrated graphics, and storage device performance when enabled.

Benefits of OC Genie include:

  • Overclock in one second*
  • Up to 36% boost in 3D gaming performance*
  • Simple and easy – No need for complex BIOS setting and extra equipment

*Some features may vary according to the CPU and MB configuration.


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MSI's ClickBIOS II provides an intuitive user interface within the UEFI BIOS and Windows, providing the most convenient way for users to control hardware settings and monitor system performance.

Benefits of ClickBIOS II include:

  • Graphical User Interface with mouse and touchscreen support
  • Full system control (including overclocking, security, and system information/monitoring)
  • Fast system boot times with M-Flash BIOS update utility, and more


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With ultra-high 32GB/s transfer bandwidth, PCI Express Gen 3 provides a 2X faster transfer rate than the previous generation, this delivers amazing capabilities for true next generation extreme gaming.


  • 2X bandwidth
  • Increased efficiency and compatibility
  • Extreme performance for current and next gen PCI Express cards


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Lucid Virtu MVP boosts gaming responsiveness and performance by intelligently reducing redundant rendering tasks in the flow between the CPU, GPU and the display. Virtu MVP allows for usage of both integrated and discrete graphics on the same platform.


  • Boosts responsiveness to the game at any frame rate
  • Improves gaming frame rates
  • Increases Vsync frame rates
  • Sharpens visual quality without tearing
  • Works seamlessly with hundreds of game stations


Learn more about the MSI Z77A-GD80

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the MSI Z77A-GD80

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  • Brigitte B.
  • 10/21/2013 12:32:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood to Bad real quick

Pros: Good when it works like it should. OC genies is fun if you're lazy.

Cons: All of my onboard USB's stopped working after 7 months. No idea why. Clear the CMOS, re-installed BIOS, drivers, Win7....

Still nothing. Pretty sure MSI will just tell me that I'm the reason that the MB is broken.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or underneath the motherboard, eg 601-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email:

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Fred C.
  • 9/13/2013 7:49:45 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MB

Pros: Well made works nice. Had trouble getting the settings in the Bios to work but finally used the control center software & did my settings in windows. So much easier. Nice software.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Use the Control Center Software to change the BIOS2 settings. I have mine running @4.4GHz & the memory of 32 GBs set @ 2400MHz. Eats up my large photo files without a hitch.

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  • Stephen S.
  • 7/31/2013 8:28:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWatch out for bent pins and SATA connections

Pros: BIOS controls are user friendly.

Cons: Put it together, wouldn't post. Found bent pin. With Newegg's return policy on such matters, I could only send it back to MSI at my expense, then also pay $45 to exchange. I know how to install CPU on these things and I'm convinced I didn't bend it. Oh well... It took 3 weeks to get a replacement. That was after 3 calls to tech support and nobody could tell me the status of the RMA. I heard, "we don't know for sure where it is in our process but I'm sure it will be shipped tomorrow" 3 times.
Watch out for the SATA connectors, they come out the rear of the board and interfered with my drive bay. I had to cut out part of my drive bay frame to clear the cables. What's with that? Really hard to install cables. Why not point them vertically like most other designs? Finally got it working for about a week when the board stopped recognizing the Vertex 4 SSD. The SSD was in a previous board and worked flawlessly for months. Finally got it to work but it corrupted the UEFI sector and I had to reformat and reinstall.

Other Thoughts: Again, watch out for the way the SATA cables are mounted. They will interfere with many case designs.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Steve,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Please see below for the correct installation procedures (shown in the user's manual as well).

Proper CPU installation procedures:
1. Open metal cage first by releasing lever without removing the plastic cover.
2. Insert processor into the socket.
3. Close the metal cage and secure the lever, plastic cover will come off automatically.
Note: Never remove the plastic cap first.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us directly at, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Leon B.
  • 3/5/2013 10:07:33 AM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMy terrible experience with Newegg

Pros: No idea, never opened it. I guess it looks good on paper.

Cons: The 3000 character limit here may not be enough for me to verbalize how much Newegg did me over me with this motherboard. I received this board, did NOT OPEN IT from its bag, and realized that in my last-minute decision to upgrade my processor, I neglected to check the socket again. Honest mistake, I submitted a trouble ticket to have it RMAd, expecting and willing to pay the restocking fee: "I have not used the motherboard at all - the box itself is not open. Is it possible to get a refund? I am willing to pay shipping and restocking fee." -trouble ticket submitted 1/05/13
Newegg offerred to waive the fee since the box wasn't opened. I wish just charged me the stupid 15% or whatever, because of what happened next:

Newegg received the board, states that the pins in the motherboard have been bent, and can therefore not issue a refund. A $220 board which I did not take from the box cannot be returned now. I have tried reasoning with them, cited the $5k+ that I have spent with this company, and pleaded them to do it the easy way, without a credit card dispute. To this day, I have this motherboard with bent pins and I don't know what to do with it.

Now before you go and say this isn't MSIs fault and the board is not faulty, I will have you know that MSI has been unresponsive to the multiple emails that I have sent them, offering to PAY THEM to repair the board, not even accept it for a refund.

Overall horrible service from Newegg - I will not buying from them again. You read these horror stories and think "oh, that's probably inept.. won't happen to me." I thought the same, it really happens.. companies screw people.

And after stating that I will file a credit card dispute, they reply: "Please kindly note that we will not be able to serve this account anymore if there is a chargeback or dispute." Well guess what? I don't care - your website has marginally better prices than Tdirect and dealing with this nonsense made up my mind very quickly about which site is more reliable.

I've been telling this story to many of my tech friends.. hopefully the more it gets out there, the more cautious people will be to work with Newegg.

Other Thoughts: Never even opened the board =\

Manufacturer Response:

Dear bklynleon,

We apologize for the issues you experienced with this board.

We can replace the board for you. However, there will be a $45 fee since Newegg verified there were bent socket pins. Please contact us at so we can assist you further.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team

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  • Ryan G.
  • 2/27/2013 1:56:13 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid performance

Pros: The overclock options are simple to use and the BIOS options are very stunning, also the mouse enables BIOS makes everything easier, tons of space for my Huge Zalman CNPS9900MAX heat sink, nice blue color, just a heads up the LEDs on the board are blue so if you have a different color scheme it might be a little bothersome. Always been a fan of MSI and this just strengthened it. the setup is easy, so no matter the case you can plug the buttons and USB port real easy in it. Plenty of expansion options. Great sound on the board no need for extra sound card, great driver options for the audio as well, also the thunderbolt port is great when that goes into mass production.

Cons: just wish the SATA ports pointed out so i can add hard drives on the fly. But they point toward the fron of the case making a mid tower kind of difficult to add new hard drive without taking out the board itself.

Other Thoughts: so far everything is going great will update with more in time if anything goes wrong.

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  • Jesse L.
  • 12/23/2012 6:13:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood with small Problem

Pros: Board has way more features than I will probably use and expanding isn't going to be a problem. It seems to be very stable except for CON (see below)

Cons: LAN port is being difficult.

Other Thoughts: I start the machine and cannot get a LAN connection then I reboot the machine and everything works fine. I sent an email to MSI and will update to once they respond.

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  • Nathaniel H.
  • 12/13/2012 2:02:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRandomly stopped giving visual output

Pros: Liked all the cable hook-ups, good for high end machine.

Cons: I was playing my computer for about six hours, I shut it down for the night. Went to play the next day and no visual signal to my monitor, odd because I had not touched it since the night before. Tried hooking it up to two different tv's via HDMI on both the motherboard and the graphics card, nothing. Then tried a regular monitor hookup from motherboard to both tv's and a monitor, nothing. Saw an adapter DVI/VGA that I received with my graphics card and decided to try that as a last resort, hooking that up to my graphics card i used it on both tv's and monitor and it worked. The problem must be with the motherboard since i never got a signal directly from it. I am RMAing the motherboard, overall I like the product, hence why I am not getting a refund and taking my money elsewhere.

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  • Deborah F.
  • 11/26/2012 2:58:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid

Pros: Booted first time around with zero issues. Board has tons of features and plenty of room for expansion.

Cons: Blue LEDs on the top of the board are a bit much. Looks weird in my DF-85 with all the red.

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  • Joseph B.
  • 10/24/2012 9:44:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Trust the B@st@rds!

Pros: Works stable for now although its only been a few weeks. Easy to set up and is working fine.

Cons: I waited to write this review until all the rebates went through when I built this computer and sure enough one failed to honor their rebates. Although this MB works fine I will NOT do business with a company who lies and cheats thier customers!!! I don't blame Newegg it's all on MSI! I have all the receipts and it was in the timeframe for the rebates, i'm just not going to waste any more if my time!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with the rebate.
If you were declined for the rebate, then you must have either missed a required document, or the deadline.

You can contact our rebate center at 1-800-286-9146 for assistance and they will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/15/2012 1:50:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThunderbolt doesn't work

Pros: Boots up super fast, easy to overclock, user friendly bios. Easy to setup.

Cons: Thunderbolt just doesn't work. I tried it with my Thunderbolt Display - didn't work. Then tried with Promise Pegasus R6, same result and finally tried with the Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter, same issue, anything connected to the thunderbolt port just doesn't get detected.

The user manual is poorly written as well making it almost impossible to troubleshoot anything.

Other Thoughts: MSI Z77A-GD80
32 GB RAM (2133)
Samsung 256GB 830 SSD in RAID 0
Intel Core i7 3770K processor

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