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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 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.

Benefits:
  • 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.

Features
  • 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.

Features
  • 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.

Features
  • 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.

Features
  • 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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  • James C.
  • 8/13/2014 9:21:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING Bios

Pros: OC genie capable board, the graphical Bios is insanely designed in a good way. Best thing to work with, and all the onboard audio and vid ports are a plus.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Price is great for such a stable board.

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  • Francisco V.
  • 8/6/2014 11:48:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell-made

Pros: It's an excellent motherboard with its nice design and features. I really liked the fact that it's very fast and the bios are great

Cons: This is a minor issue but some of the screws were loose when i unboxed it. Nothing that a screwdriver couldnt take care of though

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  • Roland L.
  • 8/2/2014 12:25:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice motherboard......but a few things are screwy.....

Pros: A88x chipset....
it's blue...perfect for my girls' rig
that's about it....

Cons: Where to start.....
the northbridge heatsink is loose!.....tightened it CAREFULLY!!!!! Hey MSI where is the QC guy on this board. Seems to be a problem in all the reviews.
some fan headers are four pin others are three pin.....make up your mind MSI....take a note from some of your competators...oh i don't know...asus comes to mind....
whats the deal with two verticle SATA ports? uh how hard would it be to make one more horizontal mount?
the one egg lost was due to the fact i had to do a CMOS reset to get out of a BIOS loop that wouldn't even let me boot fro my DVD burner with the windows disk in. WARNING. if you don't know how to do a CMOS reset research it. It's easy. I made a jumper out of a fan header.

Other Thoughts: other than the CMOS reset the board is good to go...the right color for the build....and functions fine once you get over the bios. Sorry MSI just don't like your BIOS for dummies look.

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  • Eric W.
  • 7/25/2014 2:26:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHad hope, but...

Pros: Pretty flawless on Windows 8.1 so far.

Cons: No Linux support. At all. I purchased 2 of these for a customer's needs and had to reroute all plans a configurations in order to get things to work properly.

Other Thoughts: Board is great if you plan on using nothing but Windows, otherwise look elsewhere. It would have been really great to know via documentation somewhere, or the support people that I spoke with on the phone to be able to give the info when I called. This is the last time I look to MSI for a board

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product. Please note that our desktop motherboards are certified for Windows operating systems support. We could not guaranty that open source OS would work due to many variety open kernel version and drivers limitation.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, suggestions for improvement for us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

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

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  • Antonio R.
  • 7/13/2014 4:56:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood motherboard

Pros: 6gb transfer rate, pci-e 3.0, usb 3.0

Cons: Most of the heat sinks for the bridges where loose but can be tightened with screw driver only has capability for 4 usb 3.0, not sure if this is just this mobo or if its all atx mobos but it takes 6 screws which leaves right side of motherboard unstable thought I was going to snap it in half when trying to install 24 pin power connector and fan

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  • Roderick S.
  • 7/13/2014 3:07:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorks, but poor for Linux

Pros: Good set of slots and I/O ports; firmware with lots of options, including mouse-over GUI with information on installed components

Cons: Linux kernels starting with 3.13.0, through at least 3.16.0-rc3, cause the board to reboot late in the boot process, at least with Ubuntu and related distributions. I've therefore had to downgrade my Mythbuntu installation to a locally-compiled 3.12.23 kernel. I haven't been able to get the S/PDIF port to work. Maybe that's a problem with the Linux drivers, or maybe my hardware is defective. As the board has 6-channel analog audio output, it wasn't worth the bother to return it to find out if it was a sample defect; I just hooked up the analog cables. The board can't remember its EFI boot options; I've had to install my EFI boot loader as EFI\BOOT\bootx64.efi on the EFI System Partition. This type of problem was common 2-3 years ago, but it's appalling to see it on a modern board. (I have upgraded to the latest firmware.)

Other Thoughts: I bought this board to upgrade an aging MythTV box, and overall it's been quite a disappointment. It does provide a significant speed boost, but its numerous problems have me frustrated and worried -- especially if the kernel version issue continues, I may need to replace this board relatively soon. Overall, I'd have to recommend that Linux users avoid this board.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product. Please keep in mind that we do not support Linux on our desktop mainboard lines.

However, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, 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, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email: usreview@msi.com

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

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  • yucel S.
  • 7/2/2014 12:59:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

Pros: The board works great and runs fast. The driver software shipped with it is awesome to have. The auto overclock software also works great. No regrets on buying this board. The heat sinks do get in the way of some items but thats easily avoided with a full ATX tower. Keeps heat low thanks to all the heat sinks it has.

Cons: None.

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  • Michael D.
  • 6/29/2014 3:58:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsa88x-g43 Reviesw

Pros: Very simplistic and not difficult to install componentry

Cons: Sata cables are a pain to take out as well as the power connecters.

And no reset/power button on the mobo.

Other Thoughts: Make sure to plug in the 24 pin and the 8 pin! If you don't, you won't get video.

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  • Jake D.
  • 6/26/2014 2:08:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great, no flaws

Pros: First time building a PC, everything worked as it should.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Elizabeth B.
  • 6/24/2014 7:48:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSooooooooo Terrible Worst In History

Pros: Absolutely Nothing!

Cons: NO WORKY WORKY

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 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 usreview@msi.com.
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

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

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