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MSI A88XM-E45 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD A88X (Bolton D4)
  • Athlon/A- Series
  • DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333
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Learn more about the MSI A88XM-E45

Model

Brand
MSI
Model
A88XM-E45

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
FM2+ / FM2
CPU Type
Athlon/A- Series

Chipsets

Chipset
AMD A88X (Bolton D4)

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333
Maximum Memory Supported
64GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
1
PCI Express 2.0 x16
1 (running at x4)
PCI Express x1
1
PCI Slots
1

Storage Devices

SATA 6Gb/s
8 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
None

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC887
Audio Channels
7.1 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111G
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard port
1 x PS/2 mouse port
Video Ports
1 x DVI-D
1 x D-SUB
HDMI
1 x HDMI
USB 1.1/2.0
2 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
4 x USB 3.0
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
2 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
1 x 4-pin system fan connector
1 x 3-pin system fan connector
1 x Front panel audio connector
2 x System panel connectors
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
1 x TPM module connector
1 x Serial port connector
1 x Parallel port connector
1 x Clear CMOS jumper

Physical Spec

Form Factor
Micro ATX
Dimensions
9.6" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second

Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System

3 Display Outputs: HDMI/DVI/D-Sub Support

Super Charger: fast charge iPad/iPhone/smartphone

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Wayne C.
  • 4/13/2014 9:55:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDefective audio

Pros: Lots of features and connections

Cons: Defective audio

Other Thoughts: Got the E35 first. Everything else worked fine but somehow audio made crackling sounds through speakers regardless of volume. Tried new driver and checked all connections. Finally returned and got the E45 instead, but same problem so returned again and got a Gbyte mobo and it worked fine.

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  • Alan R.
  • 4/1/2014 3:50:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA safe bet if you're buying Kaveri.

Pros: Works out of the box with Kaveri, easy to flash the BIOS, stable, no crashes, good performance, will accept DDR3 2400.

Cons: MSI is not a Linux friendly company thus I tend to avoid them; thus if you're doing a Linux install and run into trouble, don't expect help from MSI. Despite this, this board is one of the few that will post with a Kaveri processor.

Suspend to RAM causes a system hang and the BIOS interrupts the boot following a suspend to RAM. This happens with both Windows and Linux, thus don't use suspend to RAM.

Other Thoughts: Before you try to install anything on this system, download the latest BIOS from the (SLOW!) MSI web site and unzip it in the root directory of a flash drive. Plug it into your new system, boot and from the BIOS, flash up to the latest.

If you're installing Windows, the CD that comes with the MOBO will be sufficient to get your NIC going but your sound won't work you'll have to DL that from MSI. It's a huge file (well huge considering the speed of the MSI site) but it will get your sound going. Be sure and get the latest video drivers from AMD. As of this writing, they are Beta but seem to work well and are stable. Currently the driver is 14.3 and you have to hunt a little to find the beta driver.

The Catalyst driver works well in Linux and the rest of the board seems to be fully supported with the exception of sensors. Only one temperature sensor is found and it's not giving accurate temperatures. The Kavari sports the "Southern Island" GPUs which are not as well supported as the older GPUs. Despite this, it will be fun to watch the radeon driver evolve over the next year. Till it's up to snuff catalyst is good enough.

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  • Ryan S.
  • 3/26/2014 4:17:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood but not great.

Pros: Lots of features for the price. About $20 less than the comparable Asus and Gigabyte boards. Heat sink on the capacitors (I've had boards where those get crazy hot - it's never been a problem, but I was always concerned with the temp readings). Comes with back plate on the board so you don't have to install a new one with your aftermarket cpu cooler - comes with one pre-installed. Good connections.

Cons: Bios - I upgraded to the latest and after that I was unable to change the CPU base frequency. It also said that OC Genie would only work with Kaveri Processors. I reverted back to the bios that it shipped with and I was able to use OC genie again (still it was buggy though) and adjust CPU base frequency. That has a cap at 105mhz though. Don't quite know why. Can't click on the numbers. The bios just feels buggy and sometimes non-responsive. Not nearly as reliable as it should be. The sad part is I updated bios and the problems got worse.

Other Thoughts: My first MSI board. I've only used Gigabyte and Asus in the past. I didn't realize how good their bioses were. They just worked - no hiccups - no random freezes. No pressing keyboard buttons five times before they responded. This bios does not work like that. I upgraded to most recent bios in hopes of an improvement and rather than improve, features had been disabled. I feel like I could overclock my proc. more if the bios would allow but it doesn't (capped at 105 mhz). Not intuitive and not well laid out. Honestly, I'd take an old DOS looking bios that works solidly over these new UEFI bioses that are finicky and unreliable (at least MSI's is). Not a good first impression of MSI. I wish I would have paid the extra $20 to buy the Gigabyte or Asus board. Never had a problem with their bios and I could do anything I wanted with them - and it worked. Overclocking took me 5 minutes. With this I've spent more time on the internet trying to find out what it wrong with the bios and how to adjust various parameters. If you do not intend to manipulate any bios settings and if you plan to run everything stock, this would be a good board for you. Unfortunately that is not me so I am a little disappointed. Other than the bios though it seems like a good board and hasn't given me any problems so far.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

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

Please feel free to contact our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 option 1 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.
Or you can email us at ususersupport@msi.com, thank you.

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

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  • matthew c.
  • 3/24/2014 10:49:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood basic board for FM2+

Pros: easy to set up, runs good and clean

Cons: bought new came in opened box with odd parts that did not belong in box like it had been installed ( mb was in good condition) , update live 5 wants to destroy itself everytime it runs and ends up not working tho most updates work fine when done manualy

Other Thoughts: So far have not had any issues (other than loading drivers) running a A10-7700k

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  • Victor B.
  • 3/18/2014 1:44:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFollow Up review

Pros: This is a follow up review. Some things are better, and some new problems I've lived with this board for a over a month. The board works reasonably well, and most of the advertised features work OK.

I have had no problem changing the BIOS setting to boot up on either keyboard or mouse as some people have.

Once getting the setting and drivers into a stable condition, it has been stable, if not optimal.

Cons: Still too much work to make the board work to full potential. After having the system stable for a couple of weeks, I upgraded the slower RAM I initially installed to GSKILL DDR3-2133 which this board is supposed to support with a Kaveri chip. The updated BIOS identifies the memory using the Intel XMP profile correctly, but results in a blue screen of death (BSOD). Stuck at 1600 MHz with RAM that is rated for 2133 MHz. Have not had the time to play with the BIOS settings and drivers to attempt to push it higher (it is selecting 1.6 V as the RAM is spec'd). I am assuming a BIOS update will pop up to fix this at some point. (I believe I am using the latest AMD Catalyst driver and not the MSI drivers since the MSI drivers were not working for me when I was building the PC. Perhaps it is time to swap them out for the most recent MSI, but I am fearing another several hour battle trying to get it stable again. And, of course, there is no way to compare AMD's catalyst version numbers with MSI's, so who knows which set it the most recent.)

However, the most recent update of MSI's driver tool/BIOS update tool no longer works. This will make getting updated drivers and BIOS a pain.

This board and drivers are just not ready for sale. A typical problem with cutting edge technology, but it should not be this difficult for this long. MSI has dropped in my estimation based on this product, continued failures are not really excusable. And it is a ding to AMD as well, and I am an AMD fan boy.

Other Thoughts: Since the board uses RAM to assist with the integrated GPU, slower memory will have a double impact on performance.

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  • Edward C.
  • 3/18/2014 6:41:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsA Hassle to setup, below par preformance

Pros: Typical MSI board....I've used a number of different brands over the years, but have found that MSI usually makes building/using a better experience.....

Cons: Except for this one. I was midly excited when the new AMD cpu came out. I decided to go with a Micro build, and so far, compared to my MSI base Trinity build, have been really dissappointed. Yet to be able to make MSI LiveUpdate work with this board, VERY unstable until you get an updated BIOS installed, and just an average performer. I'm actually considering going back to the AMD trinity build....because it's faster, cleaner, and MUCH less hassle.

Other Thoughts: My dislikes/issue may be from "early adoption" but I'm yet to see any reason to leave my old board. I built this system looking forward to a faster/smoother experience....and got neither. If your computer run fine....wait until this platform matures a while....right now it's just not ready for prime time.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
For a newly released product, there's always a need to fine-tune the BIOS, and the latest version is P.2 (25.2).
http://download.msi.com/bos_exe/7721vP2.zip

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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  • mike k.
  • 3/14/2014 10:56:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood

Pros: has everything i wanted. instructions i found to be pretty helpfull seeing as this was my first ground up computer build.

Cons: like someone else had mentioned. if using a pci 2.0 video card it makes it hard to connect things like usb 3.0 for the front panel. also could not connect my front audio.

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  • Jarrod N.
  • 3/11/2014 4:57:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Motherboard

Pros: The motherboard and all accessories came undamaged. Setup in the BIOS was easy. Software that came with it really helps out with configuration and diagnostic.

Cons: Like the other reviews, I did not have the latest BIOS. But, it did accept the processor out-of-box, so updating the BIOS was not a requirement. I also understand that later BIOS updates can and do come after the motherboard is packaged and shipped. Its just the nature of the beast. I can't knock eggs off for that.

Other Thoughts: Keep in mind, my old system was a Phenom 9650 and an Asus MB from 2009. From that standpoint, this board can do no wrong.

One issue I do want to share (not sure if it was the motherboard or the RAM I purchased), but once I got into the BIOS, the RAM was registering as 1333MHz. I bumped it up to 2133MHz with no issue. It was odd, but I wanted to share regardless.

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  • Robert L.
  • 3/10/2014 8:15:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood board, but beware of RAID

Pros: Decent board for the price; lots of features; 4 USB 3.0 ports on back; 8 SATA3 connectors; Graphical BIOS with lots of settings; Good board layout

Cons: BIOS needs updating immediately; Non-standard RAID setup; RAID mode is enabled or disabled for ALL 8 SATA ports only

Other Thoughts: Beware if you plan to use this board for RAID setups. It has a different RAID configuration screen that I have not seen anywhere else (not the "standard AMD RAID setup screen). When you enable RAID mode in the BIOS it is enabled for ALL 8 SATA ports - some other boards allow you to set ports 1-6 and 7-8 separately. Once I enabled RAID and configured my array, I could not install Windows 7 from a DVD as Windows installer couldn't recognize the DVD drive, even if I tried to load the drivers. I had to put Windows 7 onto a USB flash drive and install from that. Once Windows 7 was installed I still could not use my DVD drive connected to SATA port #8. The system sees the drive but when I insert media it is not recognized. This apparently has to do with the fact that the drive is on the RAID controller now, even though it is not part of an "array". I've never had issues like this with the older AMD RAID configurations. I guess they still need to do some tweaking with this. Hopefully a future BIOS update will fix it. If you don't plan to use RAID this is a great board; If you plan to use RAID look somewhere else I'd say until the kinks are worked out.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

When you activated the RAID mode, all ports under the same SATA controller will change to RAID.
Why some boards aren't? Because they have two separated controllers, and the secondary one operates on its own independently.

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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  • Anonymous
  • 3/7/2014 8:48:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Motherboard that supports 2400Mhz ram

Pros: Supports Kaveri A10-7850k APU out of the box even it was outdated bios. Easy to update to a newer bios using m-flash. Supports 2400 mhz ram with intel xmp enabled using their best ram timings. Installed software drivers without problems.

Below are my hardware components for my cheap gaming APU:

Processor: A10-7850K
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Thermal Paste: ANTEC Formula 7 nano diamond
Motherboard: MSI A88XM-E45
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 Sapphire DDR3 2400 mhz
PSU: Cooler Master V550S (550 watts) 80 plus gold
Casing: Cooler Master N200
SSD: Kingston V300 120 gb

Cons: none

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