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MSI Z87M GAMING LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z87
  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron (LGA 1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/1600/1333/1066
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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

  • 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


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.



Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line 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 crystal clear 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.

Z87-G45 MSI VGA Boost is One of MSI's Exclusive Ways to Support 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 because of 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

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 stable under extreme gaming conditions.

Dark CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP's have been a staple in high-end design motherboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-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 each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI heat radiation. On top of that, all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.

Z87-G45 Z87-G45 OC Genie 4

OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this new generation of OC Genie, we're giving you even more performance. The OC Genie button works as you expect it to, but now you have even more control. Flick the OC MODE switch from the normal "Turbo" to "GAMING" and your PC gets another adrenalin shot! For the more advanced overclockers, we give you complete control of your settings with "My OC Genie."

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 each fan's speed on the motherboard and set profiles. Users can real-time monitor the status of the fans as well as record fan speed, voltage and temperate 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, 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 DDR3-3000 MHz memory modules. That way, you will not have to miss out on any gaming action because your in-game levels will be loaded superfast!

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 Dragon Heat Sink

Package Content

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.


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 an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running a NVIDIA® SLI or AMD CrossFire gaming setup.

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 you can 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. 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.

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

What's in the Box


Learn more about the MSI Z87M GAMING

Quick Info


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

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  • Andy H.
  • 8/13/2014 11:25:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsall good, but...

Pros: Beauty, works perfectly (so far).

Cons: The plastic plugs in HDMI and DP on the back cannot be removed after installation. The back plate has holes smaller than the plugs. An overlook by the mechanical designer.

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  • Jason M.
  • 7/3/2014 5:45:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board, though mine's flawed.

Pros: Easy setup with a lot of useful features. I built my system to be used in the living room connected to a 50" TV for gaming. So far I have had no problems except for one which may require an RMA (listed under cons).

The case I choose had USB 3 ports, indicator lights, and buttons located on the side panel which made cabling a little difficult, but this board came with some removable jumpers. You connect your lights and buttons to the jumpers and simply plug the jumpers onto the MoBo. This makes it really easy to disassemble if needed without having to squint to read and reattach each of the wires.

The utilities that MSI provides for this board give you complete control over BiOS and OC settings as well. I haven't touched any of the OC settings since it seems to run very fast/stable as is.

Cons: System will not reboot. I can shutdown the computer and turn it back on, but anytime a system reboot command is issued (either through windows, or just save/reboot through BiOS) the system will not complete the reboot cycle.

The system will go down to a low power state with the power LED still lit. Display will turn off, then nothing happens. I can then turn the system off and back on and it's fine.

I initially thought the issue was the display but after extensive testing of both video card and integrated graphics, as well as checking and double-checking jumpers and PSU connections, it seems the board is not handling the reboot sequence properly.

Subtracting 1 egg for having to send it back.

Other Thoughts: If MSI/Newegg provides an RMA for this board I will be more than happy to continue running it. I thought about running it and just ignoring the reboot issue, but since I only build a new computer once in a blue moon I figured I would only regret it down the road.

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  • Kevin W.
  • 6/30/2014 11:39:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis board is fantastic

Pros: Very pretty, has a series of bells and whistles, some mostly useless, however, still nice. Large amount of accessories.

Cons: The south bridge lights and the lights on the left side of the board near the "audio boost" are completely covered up when a GPU is installed. This is just cosmetic, and I am not taking off an egg for this.

Other Thoughts: I am surprised this board fit in my case, the Rosewill Legacy U3, so for anyone wondering, it does, but its tight.

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  • Edrick J.
  • 6/22/2014 4:40:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: cheap price for a nice mobo!

Cons: it does not restart.... i wonder if i can have it replace.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Barry E.
  • 5/28/2014 2:21:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't work.

Pros: Pretty red and black
Board design

Cons: Didn't even work

Other Thoughts: This board right out of the box wouldn't work. It would show the bios screen, then go black and wouldn't do anything else. I couldn't get into the bios. I couldn't reset the bios with the battery or the jumper. It just didn't work.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Andrew J.
  • 5/27/2014 4:58:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works so far.

Cons: If you use a fan/heatsink other than the stock one for your processor you probably will be blocking a memory or PCI slot.

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  • Jorge G.
  • 5/20/2014 8:47:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggssexy, sexy mobo. yes it works

Pros: black and red that blend in nice as fu with my twin frozr 770 and g.skill ram. Honestly it's the best micro form mobo you'll ever need. Sure you can spend more for a lame Genie, but don't you want this sexy looking beast for less money?

Also the BIOS is so sexy I look at it everytime I boot up just on principle.


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  • Anonymous
  • 5/14/2014 6:33:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsverry nice

Pros: this mother board has an elagent design with a mat black finish.and quality preformance.

Cons: none yet...

Other Thoughts: specs: intel core i5 4670k, 8 gbs g skill sniper series ram 1866, corsair obsidian 350D, corsair h60 liquid cpu cooler, corsair rm series psu (750w), xfx amd r9270x gpu, wd black hard drive and lg blueray disk burner, and windows 8.1

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  • L M.
  • 5/14/2014 2:34:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Deal, Great Features, Great Board!

Pros: This board's build quality is top notch. The heatsinks are very clean and look extremely cool. Everything is well placed on the board and I haven't run into any issues in terms of cable routing.

The bios on this board is fantastic also. I'm running a 4670K and with the OC Genie turned on it brings my processor to 4.0ghz!

It has a great color scheme and just looks fraking cool in a black case. The lights on the board also bring out the great aesthetics.

Cons: I took an egg away for two reasons. The first some might argue with me over. I felt there wasn't enough fan connections on the board. It could really use a 3 pin by the power switch or the SATA connection slots. Not a super big deal, but one I felt would contribute a little more to the board.

The second reason I took an egg away was because the onboard fan controller. It works well and is easy enough to setup, but I was really hoping I could turn it off. Maybe there is a way and I just haven't figured it out.

These are my two problems with a top notch motherboard.

Other Thoughts: I just upgraded from a P45 Platinum. I loved that board to death and is one of the main reasons I chose this board. MSI overclocks well and really seems to cater to their customers.

If you're looking for a mATX board look no further. This has all the features you could ever want at a great price.

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  • Oscar S.
  • 5/13/2014 1:43:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsDead Ram Slots

Pros: Really nice motherboard, Great Features and options. nearly as much as a full ATX MB.

Cons: I had Received one of these in a Giveaway contest by MSI. I was unable to use it for myself so i sold it to another person. That person told me that 3 of the ram slots were DEAD, they would not register. I am really disappointed that MSI would send me a faulty piece of hardware. I have owned Other MSI products in the Past ( Video Card and MB ) It just really sucks that the received product is basically not of much use.

I understand that this happens but it appears to be a common problem with MSI and people receiving Dead on Arrival products or faulty hardware.

Other Thoughts: Aside from MSI Sending a faulty piece of hardware, if it were fully functional this would be one amazing MB, I may just go with ASUS for my next MB after reading some reviews on here and MSI being the first company to send me a product that won't function properly.

If it works its amazing, but yeah. I hope its not too common with this company because they make some really nice Motherboards and i'd like to be a returning customer.

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