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MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Pro Gaming with Killer Networking & Sound Blaster Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z87
  • 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2800(OC)
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Learn more about the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

Model

Brand
MSI
Model
Z87-G45 Gaming

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 1150
CPU Type
4th-generation Core i3,i5,i7,Pentium,Celeron(LGA1150)

Chipsets

Chipset
Intel Z87

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 3000(OC) / 2800 / 2666 / 2600 / 2400 / 2200 / 2133 / 2000 / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066
Maximum Memory Supported
32GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
3(at x16/x4/x4; x8/x8/x4)
PCI Express x1
4

Storage Devices

SATA 6Gb/s
6 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Qualcomm Killer E2205
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI
HDMI
1 x HDMI
USB 3.0
4 x USB 3.0
USB 1.1/2.0
2 x USB 2.0
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
2 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
ATX 24-Pin power connector
8-pin ATX 12V power connector
2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
3 x 4-pin system fan connectors
1 x TPM Module connector
1 x Serial port connector
1 x Front Panel Audio connector
2 x System panel connectors
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
1 x V-Check Points Set (7x V-Check connectors)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
Supports 4th Gen Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processors for LGA 1150 socket

Supports DDR3-3000(OC) Memory

USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s

Audio Boost: Reward Your Ears with True Quality

Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag

Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability

OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second

Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System

PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand

Multi-GPU: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support

Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience

Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Polling Rate Gaming Devices

Total Fan Control: Optimize All Fan Speed As You Wish

Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0: Uncompromised Game Response Performance

Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds

Packaging

Package Contents
2 x SATAIII Cable
IO Shield

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • CRAIG R.
  • 4/16/2014 2:27:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great - Finally

Pros: Seems to be well build (had to write something so that this review can be published).

Cons: Touchy on BIOS updates. Be careful in inserting the CPU!

Other Thoughts: Had wake-up problems. Only one of the MSI techs knew how to solve it. But, once solved, the system runs great!

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  • Sebastian R.
  • 4/15/2014 12:13:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -Solid BIOS GUI
-Quick OC utility
-Easy to OC with
-PCI-E slots spaced far apart enough to SLI video cards with thick coolers
-Good onboard audio
-Can save multiple OC profiles

Cons: -First board I got was DOA

Other Thoughts: The turnaround time for replacing my DOA board was about four days. Very happy about that.

The lights on the mobo look somewhat cool

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  • Sam Q.
  • 4/10/2014 1:58:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: First solo build. I got this board on somewhat of an impulse. I wanted to be sure I could piece a motherboard together before I moved on to buying really expensive high end gaming hardware. The handbook was easy to read and I had everything installed in about 20 mins. The installation CD saves A LOT of time. It automatically installed .Net Framework 4.0 for me and Google Chrome

Cons: None, as of yet.

Other Thoughts: They really ding your wallet on shipping and taxing. A 155 dollar board turned into a 170 dollar board. However, that really has nothing to do with the board itself so there's no reason to downrate it any. I had no problem with this board what so ever that I expected to have from other reviews. If this board holds up with what I plan to throw at it in the future I will deferentially be buying from MSI again.

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  • Victor D.
  • 4/9/2014 8:24:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The board comes with great specifications for the price

Cons: Dead on arrival, the computer starts up but no display from the MB, or even a pci-e card, theres no power going into USB's and PS/2, doesn't go into the splash screen nothing just stays on. I have never had a DOA motherboard, doing an RMA hopefully i get one that WORKS if it doesn't im just going to get an ASUS since i've never hard any problems with them.

Other Thoughts: Although the specifications of this board and the price is really good, your best bet is to avoid DOA is read the reviews of other people since the majority have had DOA

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  • Victor D.
  • 4/8/2014 8:01:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHmmm

Pros: None so far, but the specs are amazing

Cons: DOA

Other Thoughts: Maybe get another one that doesnt have a track record of DOA

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  • Andrew M.
  • 4/5/2014 8:32:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great features at mid range price

Cons: Motherboard arivied DOA. Durring testing would not post and no power to pcie slot. Reseated cpu/cooler still same results. Would not recognize my cpu which has been verified to be functional. Im guessing bad socket which is very dissapointing to me. I would think a company like MSI would have better quality contoll. I also have a MSI video card and im regretting choising their products. Im currently going through a RMA with newegg and it could be weeks untill I get a new board and finish my build

Other Thoughts: Stay away from msi for motherboards, at least their gaming series. Seems a lot of other people have also had socket issues with these boards. I will update this after my rma process with newegg.

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  • Joseph C.
  • 4/4/2014 8:22:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great so far

Pros: List of features
Very nice looking UEFI
1 click overclock for noobs
Everything worked perfectly on first install, no complaints

Cons: Integrated heatsinks were loose upon arrival. Tighten them up before you put them in your case.

Other Thoughts: I'm a beginner when it comes to building a PC so I can't give a completely in-depth review. So far, everything is running perfectly and I have no complaints. I would however mention not to completely trust the 1-click overclock for a long term overclock. It always gives me weird voltages in comparison to the ratios I'm trying.

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  • Mr.Richard L.
  • 3/31/2014 2:46:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGamer board % badge

Pros: With 4 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 sockets plus 2 USB 2.0 mouse/keyboard,,, Fan headers are all four pin can use 3 pin fans too. PCIE 2.0 =3 slot. I use one PCIE .3.0 @ 16x.
Corsair water cooled cpu fits nice. Very nice board arrangement everything has room!

Cons: The driver package has some legacy support items; Avoid them if you can.

Other Thoughts: Everything works as described in the install book. My experience with this board is very good one. Recommend it for gaming and any other home use. Use XMP settings but nothing else overclocked.

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  • CRAIG R.
  • 3/31/2014 10:22:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThird Time is NOT a Charm

Pros: Supposed be highly rated MB.

Cons: Locks up
Common problem - on third MB.
MSI techs cannot figure out what's wrong.

Other Thoughts: Using i7 4771, Crucial SSD and RAM, and GTX 770 GPU with an 850 watt 80+ certified power supply. Latest BIOS installed. Crucial and MSI indicated that combo is acceptable. Over the last month and three MBs, MSI techs still cannot figure out why system locks up if I let it run over night (sleep or not). SSD and RAM tested to be OK. On third MB, same problem on all.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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

Have you also verify your power supply, video card and CPU? Please feel free to contact our tech support team again directly at 626.271.1004 option 1 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.
Or you can email us at ususersupport@msi.com, thank you.

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

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  • Dean T.
  • 3/29/2014 3:55:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe Inevitability of Death

Pros: List of features, PCIe 3.0, multiple USB 3.0 ports, Sound Blaster Cinema, Intel Chipset, overclocking and graphics management

Cons: The blatantly obvious lack of quality,
Drivers are unbelievably bad and don’t work
Then there’s that whole thing about it dying, so there's that.

Other Thoughts: I don’t normally write reviews when I have good experiences but I’m quick to write them when I feel like I got a real piece of junk. Now that my main machine is down for a week or more, I have some extra time to help you avoid a similar mistake.
I’ve built a lot of machines. Until now I went with ASUS. I’ve heard good things about MSI but never tried it until now. When I saw this board feature set I was excited to try it. It’s the opportunity to try new things to see if you’re missing out on something better. After three days of fighting with this thing, only for it to repeatedly blue screen, crash and inevitably die it is safe to say I’m no longer excited about this board nor am I interested in MSI products. When trying to lure loyal customers away from ASUS, you only get one chance. What a horribly wasted opportunity.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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

Please feel free to contact our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 option 1 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.
Or you can email us at ususersupport@msi.com, thank you.

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

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