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MSI A88X-G43 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD A88X (Bolton D4)
  • Athlon/A- Series
  • DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333
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A88X-G43 Military Class 4
MSI's new Military Class 4 components support you while you are questing, racing, battling and shooting your way to the top. MSI's Military Class 4 components deliver record-breaking stability when you need to keep cool in the heat of battle. The new standard in stability built on a proven technology of high quality components.

A88X-G43 A88X-G43 World's First PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
With ultra-high 32GBps transfer bandwidth, PCI Express Gen 3 provides double the transfer rate over the previous generation, delivering amazing capabilities for true next generation extreme gaming.

  • Double bandwidth
  • Increased efficiency and compatibility
  • Extreme performance for current and next gen PCI Express cards
A88X-G43 M-Flash
Compared to common motherboards which need extra BIOS chips, MSI's M-Flash has a double advantage - first, it doesn't need extra components, and secondly, all your BIOS data will be saved in the USB drive. The stored data does not only have backup and upgrade functions, it can also be seen as a portable BIOS chip which is actually able to boot up your PC.

  • Backup/Restore Your BIOS to/from Any USB Flash Disk
  • Avoid Unnecessary Repair Due to Accident Failures During The Upgrading Process
  • Earn more BIOS Lifespan by Reducing Unnecessary Rewriting Process
A88X-G43 A88X-G43 Live Update 5
MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving you time and lowers the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.

  • Automatically Detect the BIOS / Driver / VGA / Utility Update
  • Support Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 – 32- & 64-bit

A88X-G43 USB 3.0
Compared to the 480Mbps provided by traditional USB 2.0, the all-new USB 3.0's 5GBps offers 10 times the transfer bandwidth, so transferring a Blu-ray movie takes less than one minute.

  • 10X Faster Than USB 2.0
  • Up to 5GBps Data Transfer Bandwidth
  • Boost Transfer Rate Between Your PC and External Storage Devices
A88X-G43 SATA 6GBps
SATA 6GBps provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3GBps, and increases the data transfer rate between your motherboard and internal storage devices, such as 7200RPM HDDs, 10,000RPM HDDs and SSDs. It's also the current trend for upcoming high-speed internal storage devices to to break the existing bottleneck of a PC's performance.

  • 2X Faster Than SATA 3GBps
  • Up to 6GBps Data Transfer Bandwidth
  • Unleash True Performance of New HDDs/SSDs
A88X-G43 AMD CrossFireX
AMD CrossFireX™ is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Enabling game-dominating power, AMD CrossFireX technology enables two or more discrete graphics processors to work together to improve graphics performance. AMD CrossFireX technology allows you to expand your system's graphics capabilities. It allows you the ability to scale your system's graphics horsepower as you need it, supporting up to four AMD Radeon™ HD graphics cards, making it the most scalable gaming platform ever. With an AMD CrossFireX gaming technology, the traditional graphics limitation exists no more, allowing you to enjoy higher performance as well as visual experience.
A88X-G43 A88X-G43 Fast Boot
No more waiting for entering OS! MSI Fast Boot helps to make motherboards boot lightning fast. MSI also add the GO2BIOS button with-in. Simply click it to reset your PC and then go straight to the system BIOS.
A88X-G43 Military Class Essentials
The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the worst conditions. The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system surviving each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI radiation. On top of that all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.
A88X-G43 A88X-G43 Humidity Protection
The latest Gen 4 Fabric PCB helps against moisture caused by some humid conditions and environments.
A88X-G43 A88X-G43 ESD Protection
Anti-ESD ICs and onboard fuses help to totally protect your motherboard from electrostatic damage.
A88X-G43 A88X-G43 EMI Protection
The optimized EMI-proof design helps to keep users safe during long-time computer operation.
A88X-G43 A88X-G43 High Temperature Protection
Certificated Military Class 4 components work stably under some extreme conditions.
A88X-G43 A88X-G43 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.
A88X-G43 A88X-G43 4K UHD Support
Enjoy the awesome 4K UHD video playback now! MSI's 8 series motherboard equipped with HDMI port(s) supports the latest and most innovative 4K UHD (2160p ultra-high definition) signal output to provide an unprecedented visual experience.
A88X-G43 A88X-G43 Command Center
Command Center allows easy visual adjustment of system settings, automatically tunes fans, and gives you complete freedom. It features an integrated unlimited RAM disk.

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

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  • Chia V.
  • 10/25/2014 3:38:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsitem quality

Pros: very good, fast, price is good

Cons: it isn't after mounting onto tower

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  • Michael P.
  • 10/15/2014 10:58:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMSI A88X-G43 FM2/FM2+

Pros: Easy to use BIOS. PCI-E 3.0 (must use FM2+ processor to use 3.0). 32gb of ram capacity.
AMD chipsets for gaming.
Crossfire support.
OC Genie for fast and easy overclocking.
USB booting option (great for booting with ISO software & restoring bios with backup).
MSI Live Update 5 bios flash utility is easy to use.
USB 3.0
SATA 3.0 6gb/s
MSI command center

Cons: Not set up for Nvidia SLI support.
Fast Boot option Is kind of sketchy.
Screws were loose when I received the board

Other Thoughts: Bought this board for my nephews gaming computer and it works just perfect.
I did try the fast boot and it was kind of sketchy. it didn't want to allow me to get into the bios, and when the video card crashed (which I RMA'd) it wouldn't let me access the bios. I had to uninstall it so I could get access to the bios. The fast boot didn't actually boot all that much faster than not using it. I decided to not use it after that little experience.
The screws for the heatsinks and CPU back plate were loose when I got it (poor quality control I guess). Just check the board for loose screws and tighten them if needed and everything will be fine.
Other than that the board works great.

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  • John C.
  • 10/13/2014 6:05:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Seems to be working well at this point, I have one other MSI board almost two years old and working fine, unlike the Gigabyte board it replaced, after 4 tries at replacing the Gigabyte board with new ones.

Cons: I chased an unusual problem with this board trying to get it set up, seems the combination PS2 mouse and keyboard port on the board would only work on the PS2 mouse but not the PS2 keyboard. I debated sending it back for a replacement, but decided to use an old USB adapter for mouse and keyboard that I found in my junk box, and it works fine now.
The bad port is not a deal breaker, but takes off one of the good stars.

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  • shirley a.
  • 10/13/2014 9:14:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsVideo/Audio ouputs don't work

Pros: It would be great if all the IO outputs worked

Cons: The VGA, DVI, and HDMI outputs dont work and without a video card it wont boot. I attempted to do an RMA but I couldn't find the time to disassemble everything and ship it back. I figured that wasn't such a big deal since i was going to use the card anyway. Then later on i learned that none of the audio outputs work either. So now I'm stuck using the front audio jack on my case which is not okay...

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  • mark g.
  • 9/24/2014 1:49:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggspretty good solid board

Pros: came with bf4,price was within my budget,been working for almost a year straight with heavy gaming and hasnt over heated once,i couldnt be happier :)

Cons: none so far,been working for a year straight :)

Other Thoughts: none except might buy another for a seperate build :)

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/23/2014 9:17:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood stable Mobo and great UEFI Bios!

Pros: Run cool- steadily @ 39 deg.C/ AMD APU @ 45 C 24 Hrs/day for 4 mos.
MSI Bios looks the best of all manufacturers like Gigabyte,ASUS...
The DVD MSI has everything up-to-date to make the Mobo run out of Box without the need of MSI website support- Save lots of time.

Cons: None.( after 4 months running . all temp/ voltages parameters still in OK acceptable ranges for an AMD A8-6800 OC to 4.2GHz from Core CPU of 3.9. 16 GB Adata OC to 1866 MHz.)

Other Thoughts: Should get the User Friendly Bios from MSI. Hardware Monitoring part and OC Genie in there - good and EZ to tweak.

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  • DANNY I.
  • 9/10/2014 1:57:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs2 paper weights

Pros: its a pretty board

Cons: 2 board bought and neither will allow any windows OS to be installed. tried all dvd roms in other PC's work great. tried all install media in other PC's work great. same with Hard drives. Ive tried my legal copies of win 8 home and win 7 pro gets to a certain point an then tells me files are unavailable and iIl have to start over again so I do same thing happens. 2 board same thing shame MSI

Other Thoughts: loose screws, wont install OS too much money for Junk. Got them because the reviews were good. Some people have played Russian roulette and won I lost twice over. I got them so my son and I to can make gaming machines now another month is coming and I we still haven't got to play any games. MSI has broken my sons heart he saved up for his.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you provided since many reasons can cause the situation like this, we suggest you verify the follow troubleshooting tips out first;
1. Check your memory, hard drive CPU and power supply. If possible verify different one.
2. Please kindly contact our support team for further instructions/troubleshooting at 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time).

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Shawn Q.
  • 9/8/2014 11:16:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsSolid board

Pros: 3x USB 2.0 headers + USB 3.0 header. Good memory support. Lots of PCI-E slots.

6.9 WEI with A10-6800K & DDR3 1866 memory (XMP profile #1)

Cons: Loose heat sinks, easy to resolve with a twist on a phillips head screw driver. This is disappointing on your shiny new motherboard but it should be no means be a deal breaker.

The big annoyance with this board is they made it very shallow and it doesn't use the 3rd row of case stand offs for support. I had to support the motherboard from underneath while plugging in the 24 PIN power.

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  • scott l.
  • 9/6/2014 7:09:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for htpc build

Pros: It worked right out of box with newest bios installed.

Cons: No complaints.

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  • John D.
  • 9/4/2014 11:10:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsInspect BEFORE installing>>>

Pros: Nice combination of features, price, design , and warranty.
Have built two machines with this board this year, and am currently spec-ing out a third. Have not had problems other than notes in CONS below and other thoughts.

Cons: Inspected both boards upon arrival before installing. Was disappointed to find that some screws holding the chipset heatsinks were loose, as were a couple screws holding the CPU backplates; Tightened before installing, with no problems, although this could have resulted in overheating chipsets or CPU's.

Other Thoughts: The loose screws must be a quality control issue, since I have a hard time believing these worked loose during transport. For owners who did not inspect or notice this potential problem, this could be tough to diagnose once installed, so ALL BUYERS CHECK HEATSINKS BEFORE INSTALLING, (gently grab heatsink and check for movement, but I suggest checking screws regardless) and don't over-torque when tightening.

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