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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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  • 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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  • Ricky T.
  • 8/30/2014 11:08:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Love the video capability, great look, lots of extras in bios and ability to OC with ease.

Cons: PCI express 16 3.0 only works with fm2+ not with fm2. This was not stated in the new egg description or else I would of bought the fm2+, so I only have one PCI 16 available. For now it is still more than enough and a great buy.

Other Thoughts: If I had the chance to go back the only thing I would change is I would of bought the fm2+ cpu. Make sure when you first get the board to flip it over and tighten all the screws on the back.

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  • christopher b.
  • 8/25/2014 8:05:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMore for Less

Pros: Everything and More for Your buck. Decent Bios. Running A6 5400K @ 4.2GHz Stock Cooling, 4GB G.Skill 1600 1.60V ram, Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5, Windows 7 x64. Very Fast SATA. My WD1600AAKS 160GB 16Meg Cache Put up a score of 132MBs Average read on HDTach.

Cons: None. Is Superior to other boards I paid 2x price for.

Other Thoughts: Did not like the MSI board I bought for my brothers PC with A75X chipset. This one seems to correct all the Issues of the previous Boards. Like intermittent USB issues, and Shoody Ram Support

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  • stanley c.
  • 8/24/2014 6:01:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Good solid board, fit in the case perfectly. Everything laid out where it should be. Used in a new build, installed and everything works great.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: If you use a Linux OS like Ubuntu or one of it's derivities you may not be able to run the latest version. It seems there is something in the latest kernal that doesn't get along with the AMD A-88 chipset. I ended up installing Ubuntu 13.10 and everything works great. I'm sure somebody will come up with a solution soon.

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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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