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


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  • Anonymous
  • 9/22/2014 8:06:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great board for my budget game rig. Easily OC'd my A6-6400K to 4.9Ghz. Good build quality and layout.

Cons: Could not install Ubuntu 14.10 at this time due to incompatibility. This is not a problem with this board but a linux kernel issue with MSI and AMD so no complaints to the manufacturer here.

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  • Jing W.
  • 8/28/2014 8:30:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood mATX Mobo

Pros: Well laid out mobo with all of the bells and whistles one can expect from a mATX board. Plenty of SATA ports (8), came with 2 SATA cables, USB 3.0 connector, mobo speakers!!! and decent VRM. The memory slots were well spaced from the CPU and should be able to accommodate a large CPU heatstink/fan.

Cons: Front panel connectors are in a really trick spot. The I/O plate feels kinda cheap, but that is to be expected.

Other Thoughts: Booted up without any issues with an A6-6400K, some G Skill RAM, and Crucial SSD for my HTPC.

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  • Raymond C.
  • 8/21/2014 9:27:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorks well for Kaveri

Pros: Easy to set up and Bios was straight forward. Recognized Kaveri when it started up.

Cons: I am having trouble getting the ram to go to 2133. I get BSOD when I do it. I will try updating the firmware to see if that helps. I've bee running stable at 1866 though.

Other Thoughts: This with the a10-7850k is a nice budget setup. I run BF4 at a descent frame rate on medium. I run DOTA 2 and Diablo3 on high.

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  • Michael S.
  • 7/28/2014 8:51:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA few minor issues

Pros: Price
A88X Chipset
It has UEFI which I never used before and I like it better than the standard BIOS
Other than the fan headers it has plenty of other features
Works well with AMD A6-6400K APU

Cons: Southbridge chipset heatsink gets very hot
I need an adapter to connect the front panel audio ports on my case to the motherboard which is kind of annoying.
It doesn't always detect my speakers when I turn on the system so I have to restart the system in order to get them to work but this may be a problem with the OS and not the motherboard.
I would have liked to see at least one more fan header on this board.

Other Thoughts: Despite some of it's problems it's a great motherboard. It has all the features I need and nothing else. I could have bought a motherboard that had an A75 chipset for $20 less but those were all ugly plus I am able to upgrade more later on with this motherboard. It was quite a chore trying to stuff it into a Micro ATX Slim case but it fit. Seems cramped in there though, I might get a bigger case for it later.

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  • Bob S.
  • 7/22/2014 12:58:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsSupport is inept

Pros: Out of 5 boards purchased, 4 are still working.

Cons: One of 5 boards died. It was RMA'd with MSI. The "repaired" board will not boot without resetting the BIOS every time. Hit F2 to continue is not acceptable. it continued to do this even after updating the BIOS. At least now it keeps the date, but it still won't boot to Windows without hitting F2. Poor workmanship on a supposedly repaired board. I'm not paying to ship it back again, for a "repair" that isn't properly tested.

Other Thoughts: I'm staying with Gigabyte due to MSI's failure to ship me a properly functioning board after "repairing" it. Quality control is terrible when this happens. Don't buy this board. If it dies, you may as well throw it away.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Please keep in mind all our replacement product would be fully tested before we ship them back to our customer. We apologize for the issue that you having with the replacement.

Please feel free to contact our service & support team directly at 626.271.1004 to request for a 2nd RMA with a prepaid shipping label during regular business hours from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at ususersupport@msi.com, thank you.
Moreover, you can request for advanced replacement, which is subject to product availability and requires a credit card (non-prepaid type) to proceed.

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

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  • Carin O.
  • 7/10/2014 9:23:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellence on a Budget

Pros: -Cheap
-Awesome and simple BIOS interface
-Solidly Built
-All the desirable features (USB 3.0, PCIe 3.0, SATA 6gb/s)

Cons: First attempt at build didn't boot to BIOS. Didn't matter, as Newegg and MSI backed me up and replaced the unit no questions asked. I'm currently enjoying my new beast of a computer. No risk here, for a great, cheap, modern board.

Other Thoughts: Things get a little tight on the board if you have a larger graphics card. Specifically, some of the front-panel audio hookups, and the SATA ports are a little tricky to plug in around the graphics card, so plan on doing those before the PSU goes in if you can.

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  • Marco C.
  • 5/28/2014 10:37:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard

Pros: -Inexpensive
-A88X chipset
-Good performance
-Crossfire capable
-Great BIOS
-MSI Utilities
-Price

Cons: Like others have said there is a lack of voltage adjustment on this board, but for the price I don't think its worth docking an egg. If you really want the voltage adjustment you probably want to look at boards that are $20-$30 more expensive anyway.

Other Thoughts: I have nothing but praise for this board. For the price and what it offers it is pretty much unbeatable. As always MSI's utilities are great!

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/16/2014 4:33:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOverclocking is pathetic

Pros: Works well under usual constraints. It's blue.

Cons: -No vcore volt adjusting means you can't OC at all without it being unstable.
-BIOS is really lack luster
-OC Genie only supports 65w apus/cpus

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
1. None of the FM2 boards will allow vcore adjustment.
2. This is entry level product.
3. Due to design limitation, this product can only handle limited overclocking capability for certain processors.

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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  • Sharyn J.
  • 5/15/2014 8:27:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCheap FM2+ MB Kaveri Ready

Pros: Cheap FM2+ board when it goes on sale.
Awesome MSI Bios
Room to expand storage drives down the road
Kaveri works right out the box
3 display choices

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Use it with a 7700K, recognized it right a way as well as 16Gb of G.SKILL Sniper at the correct 1866 Mhz speed. Have 3 of these boards on the go at the moment and not an issue.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/9/2014 7:19:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome for the price

Pros: This board is really nice, I love MSI's Uefi Bios and wish others would conform to this level of quality

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I had to return this and the APU I bought because the APU was just running way too hot, I really wish I could have put another APU on this but it was a combo and had to go back.

Not MSI's Problem at all

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