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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
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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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  • David D.
  • 5/8/2014 10:05:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsCould be better

Pros: Newest chipset with supporting features like PCI-E 3.0 when used with Kaveri CPU. Rock solid. Extremely easy to use BIOS. They throw a Renesas USB 3.0 controller on there for an extra 2 ports. XMP profiles supported without manually entering timings. Passive VRM cooling.

Cons: Was a little disappointed in this board. Where is the CPU voltage setting? Other voltage settings? DRAM voltage in 0.15V increments? Poor overall overclocking options. Unacceptable!

I also suspect they are using last-generation MOSFETs for the CPU VRM. The passive heatsink gets quite hot under load, when this would not be the case if they were using newer MOSFETs which generally don't need passive cooling at all.

Other Thoughts: I used to swear by MSI back in the Athlon 64 days. They were the only manufacturer that would put in all the nice overclocking settings, even in their most basic boards. Heck, this same premise continued until recently.

Now I'm in utter awe at the lack of options present in the shipped and updated BIOS for this board. Yes, it configures XMP settings (thumbs up for an AMD board, thanks MSI!), yes it will let you change FSB (showing my age), CPU multiplier, and other basic options. But no voltage settings beyond RAM. There are other overclocking options I'm forgetting to mention that are missing as well.

I'm an avid and experienced overclocker, and used to hate the boards that had a thousand options that were WAY beyond the scope of overclocking (DFI motherboards, anybody?) and were more suited toward electrical engineers or motherboard designers. I'm sorry but I don't want to specify RAM timings in nilleseconds(ns ?), or specify what the clock doubler tripler multiplier is, when that's not even advertised on my RAM specs. I just want to tell it my hardware specs and try to increase (overclock) from there!

It's nice to see a BIOS that's dumbed down a bit, but you guys went WAY to far!

The nice thing about this board, is that the things that are supposed to work, indeed WORK! That's a great feat in and of itself. So in conclusion, I can't say MSI made a bad board here--- just that they can make improvements that will again make them my de-facto, go-to motherboard for all my system builds. I build 5-10 systems a month, and used to count on MSI for everything from a budget system to the avid gamer / overclocker. Pretty sure Biostar has taken that spot back!

MSI, just because this is a board designed for APU's does not mean an entry-level, novice, mainstream user is going to build it. Wish you would do what you guys used to do. Remember the MSI K8N Neo2? P35 Neo2? etc? Awesome boards at a low price. Not mediocre / low end boards at a low price.

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  • Patrick M.
  • 5/4/2014 1:12:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast & Simple

Pros: I got this board after deciding on it between this and the ASUS A78-M (this was cheaper at the time.) I was extremely impressed. The board is cheap in price only; it is solidly built and made from high-quality components.The click BIOS is well organized, nice-looking, and very easy to use, and offers extensive control over the system.
I also love the startup speed on this board. I'm using it with an A8-5600k, 8GB RAM, and 7200rpm HDD, and this thing boots up faster than my gaming computer with an FX-8350, twice as much ram, and an SSD.

Cons: My only complaint is that when I go into the BIOS, the onboard temperature sensor for the CPU starts going haywire and detecting the CPU as getting steadily hotter, ultimately peaking at around 70 degrees after a couple of minutes. Every other temperature program I've used finds it going no hotter than 40 degrees even under load, so I assume that the board I got has defective temperature software. In any case, I rarely use the BIOS anyway and it doesn't affect performance at all, so I'm not docking any eggs.

Other Thoughts: I've sworn by Asus boards for almost a decade, but decided to try this one because it was cheaper and offered a higher-level chipset. I was pleasantly surprised at how well this board works and would definitely recommend it.

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