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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

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Warranty

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


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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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  • Ricardo V.
  • 9/6/2014 8:11:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: price

Cons: could not get the usb ports to work at all, clean windows install, latest bios, latest drivers, usb ports just keep glitching, apparently is common for these boards

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you described, many reasons can cause the situation like this. We suggest you try the following steps:
1. Please check and make sure USB option are "Enable" in CMOS BIOS setup, if possible udpate to latest BIOS version provided from our website (www.msi.com).
2. Verify that correct chipset and USB drivers are loaded if you're running with Window 7 or older.
3. If possible verify different USB devices.
For additional troubleshooting and supports please feel free to contact MSI team directly for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.

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

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  • James D.
  • 9/4/2014 3:24:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad BIOS update, trying to charge to fix

Pros: Great features, great performance at a great price. I really like the dragon boot graphic.

Cons: Have done several bios updates but the last one bricked the board. Googling for possible home fix and find many many people have this problem bricking this board on BIOS updates. I couldn't fix it, but I loved that this board has a 3-year warranty so I can still send it in to repair the BIOS (although frustrating that it would brick at all). However, now trying to charge me $45 (as they did to another reviewer here) to fix it due to "bent pins" in the cpu socket.

Other Thoughts: Of 100s of computers I've put together professionally, I've never bent pins on a cpu or cpu socket. I'm very careful with my hardware when the case is open, and frankly I especially do when it's my personal machine. And these pins were not bent when I put them in the box. From this and other comments, I'm guessing their repair department is bent-pin-happy. Granted, I've never bricked from a BIOS update either (EVER), so there's a first for everything. Coincedentally, my first bricked BIOS and supposedly my first bent cpu pins went along with my first MSI motherboard purchase. hmmm.....

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you described, We suggest on your next installation that you install the CPU and CPU heat sink fan prior of the install of your board inside case.
Bent pins is consider physical damages, all MSI socket LGA 1150 motherboards has protected CPU socket cover to prevent damages of the CPU pins. Ensure to verify the CPU socket first before install your CPU.
For additional troubleshooting and warranty services please feel free to contact MSI team directly for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.

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

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  • Jeremy C.
  • 8/29/2014 8:55:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product.

Pros: I've had this Motherboard for a little over 6 months now and I have had absolutely no problems with it. It worked right out of the box and continues to perform. Great product!

Cons: It doesn't make me waffles.

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  • Joseph R.
  • 8/29/2014 12:39:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay Away!

Pros: The board had lots of nice features that were very price competitive with other major brand of boards.

Cons: USB Problems! I've reformatted and update the bios and usb3 and chipset drivers to no avail. The board picks and chooses which usb connected items will work on any given day. Sometimes my mouse won't work sometimes my usb audio doesn't want to work it's a great big pain.. Stay away from this board. Lots of people having problems with the usb!!

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this!

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, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.


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

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  • Jessica B.
  • 8/22/2014 8:01:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard

Pros: Performs fantastic, had it almost a year now and never encountered a problem

Cons: None

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  • Taylor C.
  • 8/22/2014 6:43:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWhat the hell

Pros: This board had the potential to be FANTASTIC. I have bought 2 of these boards. All around it looked to be a great board. The fact it had a GB Ethernet port to make use of my new Google Fiber internet speed. The bonus over clocking stature for down the road adventures if I ever ventured into the warranty voided side of computers. For a gaming MOBO the price was on target for my budget.

Cons: HOWEVER, the first was useless trash came in to me with CPU socket pens missing. Of course MSI assumed I did it saying they "Hand inspect each board".
The second board came with USB 3.0 on the MOBO were bent and I had to set them straight. There goes being "Hand inspected" again. Which was fine until I later found out recently, I can't have RAM in my 1/2 Slots. As they are apparently dead. So thanks again MSI for wasting my money not once, but twice.

Other Thoughts: The customer service is bad. The boards are mediocre from what I was told about the company from friends. They had recommended MSI highly and they didn't live up to my expectations with 2 boards that had MAJOR defects that if some one had took the time they could have fixed.
The first board they told me I had to pay 45$ to have them fix. Why should I have to pay them to fix something that was there fault? Instead of waiting 1 more month to get the board fixed I bought another one. This one had no huge problem at first glance. Until I tried to recently add more RAM the last DIMM slots 1/2 Don't work while 3/4 work just fine. All of my ram work as I checked each one. They only worked on 3/4 and failed on 1/2.
Wouldn't buy any MOBO from this manufacturer due to lack of customer service, and broken boards.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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

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, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

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

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  • Russell F.
  • 8/21/2014 8:16:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat

Pros: Easy to use Bios,
Best Bang for your buck,
Plenty of way to upgrade your pc

Cons: A few year old

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/6/2014 9:52:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: this board is awesome. nothing wrong with it. best value for the price, I'm running a xeon e3 1240 v3 works perfectly just pop it in and go. plus the Xeon is so much cheaper then the i7 but has no integrated graphics but if you are Gaming you know what you need. the audio boost thing lites up purple fyi. didn't bother me but it might for some people.

Cons: none.

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