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MSI X79A-GD45 Plus LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 2400(OC) / 2133(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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5 out of 5 eggsVery impressed with this board!

Pros: - Compatibility with the latest and greatest IB-E and XEON processors.
- Quad channel memory support
- Up to 128 GB of RAM
- Elegant, sleek design
- 3 x PCI-E x16
- Nifty Windows-Based OC Applications
- Sweet BIOS

I had no problem mounting this in my Antec 1200 case along with an Intel 4820K processor and 16 GB of G-Skill DDR3 2133 RAM (4 x 4GB in DIMM sockets 1, 3, 5, and 7). I paired this core configuration with a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (OS, programs), and a 2TB WD 6GB/s Hard drive for storage. I also have two 50GB OCZ Vertex 2 SSDs that I use for Flight Simulator X in Mobo RAID 0. My video cards are a little long in the tooth, but I put those in as well (2 x eVGA 285 GTXs in SLI using PCI_E1 and E4). I am using a Corsair 1000W power supply.

One of the big bonuses for me was the fact that you can use the JUSB3 port for quicker device charging via MSI’s SuperCharger functionality, which basically disables data transfer on that port and feeds extra power to it so your devices charge faster. Because I use a wireless gaming headset that frequently needs to be charged, this will come in handy I’m sure. If you frequently charge your phone or tablet using a USB port on your PC, it will probably come in very handy for you too.

The board comes with OC Genie, which is a button you can press on the board when powered down. When you power it back on, the system will overclock itself automatically. This freaks me out a little bit. I wasn’t sure I wanted to put OC settings out of my direct control, so I did not use this function yet. Maybe once I read up on it a little more and find out exactly how it works, I’ll be brave enough to try it.

I never had a system with a UEFI BIOS, so when I first entered MSI’s CLICK BIOS II interface, I was blown away. Although the BIOS can be a little overwhelming at first glance, personally I like to tinker, so having all of these extras in the BIOS to play with is very nice. All of the settings one would expect are in there, but so much more. You can even browse the Internet from within the BIOS! I won’t get into each and every setting, but once I became familiar enough with the interface I was able to achieve an easy overclock of my 4820K to 4.3GHz on air. I ran Prime95 for a few hours with no issues, but then backed down to stock because even at stock this thing is a beast. The utilities in the BIOS are also nice. Being able to back up hard drives from within the BIOS is sweet. I have yet to try it, but I’m sure I will at some point. It also has DUAL bios chips, so you can flip to the other one if one gets corrupted. Hopefully I’ll never need it, but I guess it is nice to have.

Cons: - Only 2 SATA-6GB/s ports
- Only 2 USB 3.0 ports

A couple of thoughts on the ports. First, I thought that I would be limited having only 2 6Gb/s SATA ports. These are actually all that I need for now because my older SSDs are not rated for 6Gb/s. I honestly don’t see myself going beyond that, but if I do end up getting new drives, the 2 high speed ports could become an issue. For now it isn’t, so no egg deduction. As far as USB 3.0 goes, I don’t think being limited to two ports will ever be an issue. Speed on the USB ports for me will only come into play when I’m transferring massive amounts of data to a USB flash drive or external hard drive, which is hardly ever. And even then one port is plenty. Other than that, the only USB devices I ever plug in are for KB, mouse, some game controllers every now and then, and perhaps a USB headset. The USB 2.0 ports will be more than adequate for those devices. Finally, the last two or three boards I used for builds all had two gigabit Ethernet ports. This only has one. So while my initial instinct might look be to look down my nose at the fact this board only has one, I never ever utilized the second gigabit port on any of those boards, so big loss there either. The bottom line is, although it may seem limited with the number of SATA, USB, and network ports, for me, it made me realize I never needed all those extra ports in the first place. Less is more in this case.

Other Thoughts: This was my first build since my i7 920 in 2009, and I had no plans to upgrade before being asked to test this board because the 920 was still handling everything I threw at it. I was curious to see just how much faster this setup would be. In short, it’s fast. REALLY fast. Windows 7 Ultimate boots in a matter of seconds, and programs and games load ultra-fast and run buttery-smooth. This is all on stock speeds. I didn’t think I would notice much of a difference coming from an i7 920 with 12GB of RAM to this setup, but I do. Of course, it’s hard to tell how much of that is mental, due to a fresh OS being installed, the addition of the new, faster SSD, and extra RAM, but I don’t care. It’s just faster, and so far, stable.

LGA 2011 systems can be expensive to get into, but this board’s reasonable price helps mitigate the costs a bit. LGA 2011 is the way to go if you want a large amount of RAM (> 32GB); need high memory bandwidth, which LGA 2011 achieves thanks to its quad channel memory architecture; or want to add an enterprise class XEON processor like the E5-2697 V2 (if you can afford it). If you run a lot of VMs then LGA 2011 is a no-brainer to me. There is so much room for upgrade growth in this board and on the LGA 2011 platform in general. If you do decide to go with an LGA 2011 system, I can wholeheartedly recommend this board, and I will definitely look at MSI for future builds too.

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4 out of 5 eggsMSI X79A-GD45 PLUS

Pros: The MSI X79A-GD45 Plus comes with want a builder needs. 6 very high SATA III cables, the case back plate, a NVidia SLI cable (Cross FireX is supported as well), 2 motherboard to front panel connectors, a driver and utilities disk, certificate of quality and stability, quick install guide, Software and Application user guide, Mainboard user guide, and finally a very nice quality Intel X79 Overclocking guide. The box comes quite full.
There is a lot to like about this motherboard, but unfortunately it does lack some advanced features seen on other manufacturer boars. The motherboard itself is extremely well built, all black with 4 dimm sockets and 3 PCIe connectors in gray making it an exceptionally good looking board. The back panel is well laid out and includes the old style keyboard and mouse connectors, a nice to have CMOS reset button, 6 USB 2 ports, 2 USB 3 ports, a single 1000mBit LAN jack and the 7.1 audio connector.
Also built in are 2 SATA III and 4 SATA II connectors, which limits your use of the faster SATA III hard drives and SSDs. The board is somewhat odd in that it provides 3 power connectors; a 24 pin main power connector, an 8 pin CPU power connectors, and the addition of a 4 pin power connector to provide power to the video card (this uses the old 4 pin molex connector used to power the older hard drives in the past).
A multi-bios switch is also provided in case the main bios gets corrupted, allowing you to recover the system. The manual is quick to point out the bioses do not have an Auto Recovery feature and you will need to keep the bioses up to date manually.
Sound is provided by the Realtek ALC892 audio chip including Lossless HD and Sound Blaster Cinema sound. Using my 5.1 Altec Lansing surround speakers the sound provided was close to amazing. Very nice indeed.
A front panel USB 3 connector is provided. Instead of this connector being placed near the front middle of the board it is located at the front bottom corner. This may cause some USB 3 front panel cables to come up on the short end, so be aware of this limitation.
A few interesting additions are also provided. An on-board power button is located on the lower edge of the board along with an Overclocking Genie button next to it. One press of the button will lock the board into overclocking mode another press will get you back to normal. The button should be pressed only with power off. Two additional jumpers (JCOLD1 and JCOLD2) are included for those using a nitrogen cooling system, which will be appreciated by those hard core overclockers.
The motherboard also has 8 DIMM sockets which can be populated and used in dual, triple and quad channel modes. The manual covers how to configure your memory for each mode. Several LEDs lights are placed around the board for status indication. The manual covers each LED for you. A TPM module, Turbo connector and Voice Genie connectors are available, but not tested as they are optional and not include

Cons: Well, here we are with a premium priced board which feels like a bare bones board. 2 SATA III ports and 2 USB3 ports really is skimping for the price. Take off the decade’s old keyboard and mouse ports and add a couple of up-to-date SATA III and/or USB3 ports.

Other Thoughts: The board runs very cool which is an additional plus, and very stable as well. You’ll have to weigh the price for the stability but lacking the ports you need for a truly fast system. Overall a very good, high quality built motherboard. On a scale of 10 I would rate the MSI X79A-GD45 Plus an 8. Remove the SATA II’s add 4 SATA III’s, and 2 more USB 3 port and you’ll have a total winner.

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  • Kevin T.
  • 5/19/2014 8:45:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsstability is king

Pros: I dropped in a 4930k in with four gskill 4gb ddr3 2400 dimms - and it fired up like a champ. I bumped the multiplier and am running at 4.0 GHz, hyperthreading disabled. I have crunched primes 24/7 for months and this mobo is stable as granite.

Cons: I had trouble bumping the multipler in the bios - I had to use MSI software to change the multipler while in Windows. Also, a fan header on the mobo wouldn't supply power to a case fan - so I had to split power from another header. To me, these are small quibbles - stability is king in my book - and this board delivers.

Other Thoughts: I'm an engineer and pc builder hobbiest - I've done maybe 50 pc builds in my life, but never a 2011 build. I read and reread all the LGA 2011 mobo reviews a bunch of times and had trouble deciding which was best - seems like everyone had something negative to say about every vendor. Based on experience/luck with MSI and relatively okay reviews, I chose this mobo. I'm glad I did.

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  • Brandon K.
  • 5/14/2014 6:50:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsI hate this brand

Pros: It works.

Cons: Will run your games choppy.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace my old asus mobo. My old asus kept crashing because I messed up putting in the cpu you but always ran fine (never crashed when I played games). Now I wish I wouldn't have replaced it. I could live with crashes if my pc ran idle. This makes games unplayable. Esp games like CSS or CS:GO. It's none of my other hardware. It's the mobo.

I trusted these guys once with a geforec 9600. The card overheated and died (my other card evga didn't). I thought i'd trust them with my mobo. Apparently I can't trust these guys for nothing.

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  • Kenneth J.
  • 4/18/2014 8:56:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood so far, but a couple of problems

Pros: Great features, just what I would expect from MSI. Sleek look, easy installation with a couple exceptions(see Cons).

Cons: So, I didn't realize this and I'm not sure if it was intentional or not...but...they didn't ship the thing with fraking standoffs. So I had to go rooting around my electronics drawer to scrounge up 9 extras I had lying around. Also, it requires a little fiddling to get it to work quad-channel RAM properly. Those together lose it 1.5 eggs, but since I have to pick 3 or 4 I figured it was worth rounding up.

Other Thoughts: I'd recommend it, but just in case make sure you have at least 9 extra standoffs lying around. I would hate to get a new mobo and wind up having to hold off on a build because of something that dumb.

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  • Mason M.
  • 4/16/2014 5:40:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFANTASTIC Board!

Pros: * Works well with 8GB 2133MHz G.Skill Ram in Quad Channel mode.
* Looks AMAZING
* High overall compatibility with other products.
* Amazing mouse enables BIOS, which can be accessed as usual, or in Windows.
* Overclocking is a breeze for Novice or Advanced users.
* Status LED's for power efficiency and warning lights ALL OVER the motherboard, which is SOOOOO nice to have.
* Plenty of I/O variety, even has 7.1 Sound Blaster surround.
* USB 3.0 x2 (has option for more if case supports it)
* USB 2.0 x6 (has option for many more if case supports it)
* Has 2 PS2 ports for high speed gaming keyboards and mice.
* Runs very cool
* So much more that I will think of later... =)

Cons: None as of yet.

Other Thoughts: All in all, fantastic board in every way. I will warn you that when you get it, if you're going to put an OS with it that was already installed on another system, change the Sata Mode in the BIOS to IDE, or AHCI, if it boots fine, then that's the mode you need, if not then try the other mode. This isn't something wrong with the MSI product, this is how every motherboard will be, I'm just throwing it out there. If you plan to install a fresh OS using this board, then you won't have to worry about changing the setting unless you have SSD's, and if you do have em I would hope you know how to use em! Thanks again Newegg, and MSI for sure!

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4 out of 5 eggsInitial reaction - impressed

Pros: It's still early, since I've only had the board for 3 days now. However, this board has been a breeze getting setup. Things just... work.

All 5 of my PCI slots are loaded up and recognized. 2 video cards (Radeon 7870 & 5450), a UAD Quad card, firewire card, and USB 3,0 card. My ASUS P9X79 Pro would drop out one of the above when I tried to load them all.

No BIOS issues straight from manufacturer. It looks like the BIOS has internet connectivity... if so, that seems like a great feature.

My Raid 0 array was immediately picked up.

My Win8 OS drive is snappier on this mobo than my P9X79 Pro. And transferring large amounts of data felt quicker. I transferred approx 400GB of data between Sata 3 and Sata 6 in about 1hr 15 mins, give or take. The drives are 7200rpm.

This board doesn't have all of the "features" of the Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4 or the ASUS P9X79 stuff... but, what it lacks in feature set it seems to make up in quality/stability. There's very few third party controllers on the board (if any). I think the tremendous feature sets of the P9X79 board ran it to the ground after 9 months of use. I expect this to do much better over a longer period of time. I don't need built-in Bluetooth/Wifi/eSata/tons of USB3... I can add that stuff via PCI or USB.

I haven't overclocked yet... so I'd like to point that out. I'm only going for a 4.2ghz clock on my 3930K. I've read reviews that this board can do up to 4.5ghz without much in depth tweaking. We'll see though... I expect it to continue to perform well.

My P9X79 board yielded some weird issues (firefox would not install the Adobe Flash plugin.. I had to do it manually... and, in my audio program Studio One... the right click menu would open up only in the center of my screen after i updated my 7870 drivers.) This mobo seems to have fixed these issues. Not even a Win8 reinstall fixed those issues!

RAM works without issues... recognized all sticks on first POST. Kingston HyperX Red - 32GB.

It looks nicer than I thought it would too. Sexy board lol.. especially with the blue LEDs lit up.

Cons: The fan controller was a little strange. I felt like the fans spin faster when set to Auto than when I set to 100%. I'm fairly novice though, so user error is possible here. But that's the only thing I found to be a little weird. Not sure if a BIOS update fixes it or anything.. I have not updated my BIOS as of yet.

You only get 6 SATA ports.... 2 of which are Sata 6. Many will see this as a con, especially for you guys who need more than 6 drives. However... I kind of see this as a benefit to be honest, b/c there's less things that can go wrong.. they didn't add SATA slots via third party Marvel controller. I like that philosophy on this board. Keep it simple. I decided to just get bigger hard drives and consolidate my data.However... when it's all said and done, it has less SATA ports, and most people will see that as a con, so i'm mentioning it.

Other Thoughts: I'm not a power PC builder. I've built maybe 4-5 PCs so far that I've used for myself and friends. I have good general knowledge of building, but am far less experienced than many others.

I say that to say... this board was a BREEZE to get up and running, and everything just works as expected. Great board to buy.. seems to be stable and reliable. Only time will tell of course. I definitely recommend this over P9X79 (from my personal experience) and it got much better reviews than GA-X79-UP4.

When it comes to X79 chipset mobo's... if you need to spend less than $300 on a quality setup... get this mobo. If you can afford more.. grab one of the ASUS ROG boards (at a much higher price tag).

I reserved the 5th star and kept it at 4 b/c I have not overclocked it yet. If I gave it 5 stars before I even attempted to overclock then I would be a super fanboy and this review would have no credibility. This

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  • Jeffery R.
  • 3/5/2014 8:08:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Entry level 2011 mobo

Pros: I've had no problems with this board. Great overclocking capability, supports an insanely high amount of RAM. Bios is easy to use.

Cons: Some of the Windows 8 features in the BIOS seem a little bit buggy, but then again I'm sure their is BIOS update that resolves this issue.

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  • Amy L.
  • 1/21/2014 1:38:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice board, not ready for Ivy Bridge out of the box.

Pros: Good layout I have used MSI in my last 5 builds and they make a solid product. Plenty of space on the board for what I use it for.

Cons: Not ready for Ivy Bridge-E out of the box. You will need a Sandy Bridge CPU for this thing to POST so you can update the BIOS.

Other Thoughts: I knew that the CPU thing was a possible issue going in, so I can't take be too upset. I did order a Sandy Bridge-E as well so I can flash the thing and I don't anticipate any issues with this board and the Ivy Bridge after I do so.

I know it would be a pain but it would be nice if these OEM's would allow the retailers to send back their stock for a flash update when new CPU's are released. Costs $$$ I know, just would be nice is all. :)

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  • Christopher R.
  • 12/26/2013 3:38:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Board

Pros: Good overclocking capabilities. If you have awesome RAM, this is the best MB I have used in a long time. MSI BIOS options make it real easy.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: ships with H4 bios but that did not deter me from installation with my i7-4930k. note, that windows 8 installs are a bit tricky on these higher end systems. I recommend setting your ram speed down a few notches to 1600 Mhz or less depending on your RAM and don't do anything tricky overclocking off the bat. keep in mind also that windows 8 install is very particular about needing stability as a priority for the file xfer to be successful. windows 8 also seems to be particular about certain optical drives. I had difficulty with the file xfer with a Blu-ray player and had to use an older known windows 8 install working Memorex dvd-rw multi drive that I have used in the past. other alternative methods of windows 8 install would be to use a external usb hd, or a good usb memory stick (use usb2 port, really for stability purposes.. sometimes during initial install usb3 port doesn't xfer well until you have it all up and running) as alternative options for installation. once you make it by the initial file copy and it boots into the final phase of windows 8 install, you should be on the home stretch. get it all setup right and then go all out for your system. keep in mind as well that you should load the intel rst driver from the cd as well BEFORE you specify and format your drives. if you are using ssd's in a raid array also leave about 10ish% of your drive partition unformatted. this will help with ssd longevity and gives your ssds space for additional allocations. another helpful tip if you are using ssd's in an array, after the install, create a custom power profile that NEVER turns off the HDDs. if windows power cycles your SSD array, you will BSOD for sure, but that should eliminate that issue. I have extensive experience with several high end builds recently and am a computer scientist by education and have been doing PC stuff for over 25 years.... I could right a book on it, but this should cover most of the primary issues. Good luck and enjoy.

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