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


Let the Games Begin!

MSI Gaming motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to Gaming perfection.

The Best Gaming Weapons at Hand:
  • Get the highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer E2200 Game Networking
  • Crystal clear sound with Audio Boost
  • Top quality audio solution with Sound Blaster Cinema
  • Superb graphics with VGA Boost
  • Blazing fast booting with Super RAID
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Military Class 4 Components
  • OC Genie 4 & Click BIOS 4
  • Optimized for multiple graphics cards
  • Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading

Killer E2200 Game Networking

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Kill Your Lag!
The Killer E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.



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Through the detection and prioritization of Gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an online game because of high ping. This enables true multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day.


Z87-G45 Top Quality Audio Solution with Sound Blaster Cinema

Hear your enemies perfectly, even on an ear-drum shattering battlefield. Thanks to Sound Blaster Cinema, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones. Your most important Gaming sound effects are reproduced - clear as crystal - allowing you to focus on your game even during extremely long Gaming sessions.

Powered by the SBX Pro Studio technologies, Sound Blaster Cinema enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in Gaming environments, making your ears a decisive tool on the battlefield.

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Z87-G45 MSI VGA Boost

MSI VGA Boost is one of MSI's exclusive ways to help gamers to fully engage in their virtual world. VGA Boost increases the power limitations for MSI Gaming graphics cards when inserted in an MSI Gaming motherboard. It simply upgrades your Power Tuning and current limits allowing your graphics to boost to higher clock speeds when your Gaming graphics get more intense and sustain maximum performance for a longer time.

This is all supported by the power design for the PCI Express slots and the build quality of MSI Graphics cards. Now, matching MSI Gaming hardware not only gives your game PC some fiery red dragon looks, your PC Gaming experience will benefit from a safe and powerful boost in graphics.


Z87-G45 Super RAID

With MSI Super RAID you can combine hard drives, SSDs and mSATA into blazing fast bootable drives. Load your operating system, videos or even games faster than ever. You can now enjoy the benefits of bigger and faster storage, without all the trouble that normally surround RAID configurations.

Easily Setup The Latest Technologies:

  • Intel Smart Response
  • Intel Rapid Start
  • Intel Smart Connect
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Z87-G45 Military Class 4 Components

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Super Ferrite Chokes and Dark CAPs will make sure that your PC runs more stably under extreme gaming conditions.

Dark CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP's have been a staple in high-end motherboards and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-ten-year lifespan.

Super Ferrite Choke

Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run 95°F (35°C) cooler, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency, and better overclocking power stability.

Military Class Essentials

The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the toughest conditions. The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system can survive any environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI heat radiation. On top of that the all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.


Z87-G45 Z87-G45 OC GENIE 4

OC Genie 4 supercharges your speed! When used, OC Genie 4 accelerates your entire system and puts it into overdrive! Tuned by the professional overclockers, OC Genie 4 hands you record-breaking performance on a silver platter.
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Total Control

MSI's exclusive Command Center software is a very powerful tool to push your motherboard to the max. With a very intuitive touch ready interface, Command Center allows users to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance and adjust cooling features.

Graphical Fan Control & Monitoring

Command Center features a total new fan control interface from which users can control all their fans' speeds on the motherboard and set profiles. Users can monitor the status of the fans in real-time as well as record fan speed, voltage, and temperature status into a log file. This feature is both convenient for pro-gamers and overclockers.

Unlimited RAMdisk

MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk with the retail value of $35. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20x faster than a modern SSD. There are options to load complete game images, and you can speed up your browser or your page file which increases your whole system's performance.


Z87-G45 Supports DDR3-3000 Memory for Super-Fast Loading

Tired of everlasting loading screens? The MSI Gaming series motherboards offer support for DDR3-3000MHz memory modules. That way, you won't have to miss out on the action because your in-game levels will be loaded quick!

Z87-G45 Total Fan Control

Total Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans to enable you to find the best balance of fan performance and silence. Because you can also monitor and record all your fan information, a great pool of information is available to base the fan settings on.

Z87-G45 Dragon Heat Sink

With an awesome product comes an inspiring heat sink! Styled after the iconic MSI Gaming Dragon. The heat sink is oversized to provide the best thermal transfer and heat dissipation to enable your PC to just game 24 hours per day.

Z87-G45 Z87-G45 Package Contents

What's in the box? Check it out for yourself! Besides a plethora of necessary cables and connectors you also get a cool Do-Not-Disturb door-hanger, a slick Gaming case badge, and a stylish Gaming I/O panel.

Z87-G45 Gaming Device Port

You want more FPS, lower ping, but why use a pro-Gaming mouse with old-fashioned standards? MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized for high polling rate mice (500 to 1000Hz) which lowers your mouse's response time from 8 milliseconds to 1 millisecond! This gives a much smoother mouse response in games. The additional gold plating on the ports enhances the durability drastically and ensures your PS/2 and USB ports are always working when you ship out to a LAN party.

Gaming Benefits

  • More responsive
  • Smoother gameplay
  • Faster reactions
Technical Benefits

  • 3x More gold than regular connectors
  • 10x Longer lifetime when plugging and unplugging
  • Prevents oxidation and corrosion

Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Besides that, it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And all this comes with advanced and cool features.

Z87-G45 Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards

MSI Gaming motherboards feature one or more PCI-Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about overheating a PC while you are enjoying vivid graphics jumping off your monitor when running an AMD CrossFire Gaming setup.
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Z87-G45 Hardware Monitor

Hardware monitor allows you to take control of your system through Total Fan and check your primary system characteristics in an easy graphical interface.

Z87-G45 Board Explorer

This feature shows the user a visual representation of all the connectors of the motherboard and displays which devices are connected. In case of a device having a bad connection you can easily trace it with board explorer.

Z87-G45 OC Profiles Preview

With OC profiles you can rapidly switch between settings and save up to eight profiles. In the blink of an eye, you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the stored profiles.

Z87-G45 Audio Boost

Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games. Reward your ears with true quality.

Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability.

The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your Gaming PC.

  • Studio level integrated 600Ω headphone amplifier
  • Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • EMI shielded audio codec
  • High quality audio capacitors

Learn more about the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Fletcher S.
  • 12/9/2014 7:26:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorst board I have ever owned

Pros: looks nice

Cons: Fried 3 drives, 2 PSUs, and 1 GPU. Confirmed by replacing with Asus Maximus Formula motherboard. What a terrible product.

Other Thoughts: Stay away from this board.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported since many reasons can cause the situation like this, if you have any question or concern regarding our MSI motherboard you pruchased, Please do not hesitate to contact us directly by email at usreview@msi.com or by phone at 626.271.1004 M-F, 9AM to 6PM PST. We will be more than happy to assist you.

Best Reagrds,
MSI Reveiw Team | usreview@msi.com

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  • Derek K.
  • 11/25/2014 7:08:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty and slick.

Pros: It's very pretty to look at and seems very well made. The ports are all well labeled (on the MB itself and on the rear facing ports). The bios is comprehensive and informative.

Cons: The ports on the motherboard seemed to be strangely placed in contrast with other boards, causing me to have some cable length issues. The bios is very cluttered.

Other Thoughts: I have had no real problems on this board at all. It runs in a full size ATX tower almost all day and sees heavy use throughout the week. I am very satisfied.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/3/2014 8:31:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid - USB problems, BIOS Update Bricked

Pros: I got this on a deal with a free stick of RAM. It was to be used for a budget build for office work, writing and running code.

I've purchased a lot of MSI products in the past and have been generally happy. In theory, this looks like a great board. Loads of USB ports, SoundBlaster Audio, and it even has a slot on the motherboard itself for an mSATA SSD. Unfortunately the board is plagued by a host of other problems, so it is difficult to recommend.

Cons: From the beginning this mobo was frustrating. I always install using a USB drive since it is much faster than a DVD and doesn't require the purchase of a DVD drive. After setting up a USB to install from, I booted to the BIOS to specify where to boot from. The USB drive was not detected in the BIOS menu. I continued anyways despite this red flag, specifying to boot from USB and hoping it would detect it on restart. Long story short, I tried every single USB port using three different USB drives I had on hand. Nothing worked. I ended up installing an internal DVD drive from another desktop, burning a disc to install from, and doing it the old fashioned way.

With the OS installed, I proceeded to install drivers, programs, and get settled in. Most things were alright, but I noticed that when I plugged my USB2.0 external HDD into any of the USB3.0 ports, it wouldn't work. Similarly, the USB3.0 ports on the front would not always recognize my flash drives. On another occasion, a webcam randomly quit working. That is: I used it the previous night, turned off the computer, turned on the computer the next day, and went to use the webcam to find that it was not detected. After fiddling with unplugging, restarting, reinstalling, etc. I gave up.

With all of these problems with USB, I knew I needed a fix. Unfortunately, this was past the return window at Newegg, so I consulted MSI's help forums for users with similar problems. The recommendations were consistent: update the USB drivers first, and if that doesn't work update the BIOS. The USB drivers were up to date, so I decided to update the BIOS. This is something you should generally avoid if things are working, and should exercise extreme caution doing if it comes to it. You should also avoid updating using the Windows Utility as well, as it can cause problems. Ironically, this leaves the option of installing from USB.

I borrowed flash drives from friends until I found one that was recognized. I put the appropriate files on it, booted to BIOS, and followed the instructions to update. I left the room while it ran and came back to a black screen and my computer starting up for a second and then shutting down before anything came up. Uh oh. This continued for awhile. Eventually I shut the computer down and reset the CMOS following the manual instructions. When I went to start up again: nothing! It's bricked.

I've submitted an RMA, but I am very disappointed by this. Something as fundamental as USB should just work. Moreover, the fact that I had to pay the shipping costs to return this product, and will also have to buy new thermal paste is insulting. At this point I just hope that none of the other components are damaged and that the replacement won't have these problems. I also hope that this review will help users avoid a similar fate.

Other Thoughts: The Build:
-Antec Three Hundred
-This Mobo
-Corsair CX 430 PSU
-HyperX Fury Series 1x 8GB DDR3 @ 1600
-Intel Core i3 Haswell 4150
-Plextor M5 Xtreme Series 256GB SSD

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPRW2).
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. Flash to latest BIOS and update drivers provided from our website.
4. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

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

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  • Jon R.
  • 10/27/2014 9:08:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSound issues

Pros: Overall seems to be a pretty good board. Nice GUI bios.

Cons: Ordered this board I think the last day Newegg had any in stock (they seem to just be carrying new z97-g45 Gaming now). Upon setting new system up there wasn't a peep from the onboard sound. Tried another set of speakers and headphones on the front header of the tower, updated drivers, etc=no sound. I would've preferred to cross-ship RMA back to Newegg but they didn't have anymore in stock so I had to deal with MSI.

First rep I spoke with at MSI did some basic troubleshooting and then said he'd email me a driver to try and if that didn't work I could get RMA from them. Needless to say I never got email from him. Called back a few hours later and got different rep which did minor troubleshooting and then sent me the RMA. Biggest issue with RMA process is that I'm without board for 2 weeks. Would be nice if they'd ship new one out and let me send faulty one back upon receipt (in my case system worked for the most part, just no sound). Upon arrival I installed new board and was thrilled to hear sound. Unfortunately it was a fairly short thrill as the sound went out on this board just under 2 weeks later.

I've tried everything again with drivers and everything else I could find about it online with no change. If MSI would allow a cross-ship so I (actually my wife) isn't without the computer for 2 weeks I'd like to RMA it again but I know they won't so I"m not bothering. I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and buy a separate sound card (which is completely ridiculous that I need to do this for a new board and not happy about the extra expense I'm going to incur).

Unless MSI allows an exception to their 'no cross-ship' policy for an RMA this will be my last MSI board. I've been building computers for about 15 years and never had an issue like this, although I haven't used many MSI boards in the past (and looks like I won't be using many more).

Other Thoughts: Overall decent board but from my review & the looks of others they have some issues with some of these boards. Roll the dice & take your chance with this one.

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  • Thomas M.
  • 10/21/2014 1:19:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdated and upgraded review

Pros: Looks great, fair amount of fan headers and runs clean.
Easy OC, fair amount of options.
BIG PRO and reason for upgrade. Great experience with RMA. No runaround, quick turn around with no B.S.

Cons: First unit was poor, bios is still a swamp to navigate even though I have found more options than I had previously.

Other Thoughts: Fair board at the current price levels and if MSI handles their RMAs in this way all the time I will buy again as I would rather be able to replace a bad board than go to war trying to get some other company to stand behind their product.

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  • Paul W.
  • 10/18/2014 2:08:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked well for a while...

Pros: I bought this board, along with all of the other components of my new computer in April. It worked fine until October.

Cons: Failed after less than 6 months At that point, I couldn't turn on the computer. Nothing, just dead. At this point I am waiting for it to come back from MSI reconditioned.

Other Thoughts: MSI customer service web site was almost unusable. Once I found their phone number, I called in and they set up my RMA over the phone.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPRW2).
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. Please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.
Please udpate us on the RMA process. thank you

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

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/17/2014 4:56:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsbricked

Pros: Nice box

Cons: After update bios. The motherboard wont boot up. I thought it was my psu dead but checked it was the motherboard. Suck to have this since im over 1 day of 30 day returning. Bad mobo

Other Thoughts: Dont buy this

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPRW2).
2. Try to clear CMOS, with the jumper on removing CMOS battery from the system.
3. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

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

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  • Thomas M.
  • 9/26/2014 1:20:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad News

Pros: Shiny, Well packed, pretty.
Coherent, reasonable tech support but only on the phone. Website a joke.

Cons: D.O.A. Junk.
Waited too long to build.
Owned it too long for the 30 day return. Installed and no NIC, almost no USB, outdated bios, with functions that are a joke. The
MSI website warranty procedure is hideous, without talking to a representative. The forms are ugly with almost no way to correctly fill out the registration. No information feedback if you did fill it out correctly. Got an ancient version 1.0 MB with totally outdated, poorly explained drivers, lousy installation you have to guess at.

Other Thoughts: They told me it would be 15 days to turn around at least with no promises, no averages, no real feeling that they really cared.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any comment or suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact us directly by email at usreview@msi.com or by phone at 626.271.1004 M-F, 6AM to 6PM PST. We will be more than happy to assist you.


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

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  • Christopher B.
  • 9/15/2014 1:12:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard

Pros: Features.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Solid gaming motherboard. I upgraded from an asrock z87 lga1155 slot to this to install an i7 4790k. Runs great with cool temps.

Click 4 Bios is my favorite feature.

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  • Adam H.
  • 9/8/2014 1:56:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Features

Pros: For the money, this is probably the best motherboard you can get simply because of the balanced amount of features. Great for any long-term gaming use.

Cons: None

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