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MSI A78M-E45 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A78 (Bolton D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD A78 (Bolton D3)
  • 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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  • Oral W.
  • 7/24/2014 6:55:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBurned Out Twice

Pros: Boot time was awesome, able to boot Win 8 within 30 seconds. Setup was relatively short and easy to understand if you did your homework.

Cons: First motherboard that I ordered was defective; would turn on everything, but refused to show video output. Sent it back, got a replacement from MSI almost immediately. But the replacement only lasted TWO MONTHS before video went out again. I'm not buying another MSI product.

Other Thoughts: Make sure your workers in India are doing their jobs right MSI.

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  • Nicholas S.
  • 7/23/2014 2:25:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDidn't work

Pros: Worked for 2 weeks then blue screened my computer

Cons: I ended up with thee different ones and all blue screened my comp.
MSI replaced it twice but wouldn't give me a refuned nor return my calls.
The service was horrible and I still don't have a working motherboard form them.
do not buy this board it will cost you more money and problems.

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  • Jason H.
  • 7/19/2014 2:08:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRAM incompatability

Pros: Solid board. UEFI interface is easy to navigate. Updated BIOS without any issues. Provides PS/2 ports, great for people with older peripherals migrating from Windows XP.

Cons: RAM incompatibility. Over 2 dozen builds using AMD A6-5400K and G.Skill 8GB 1866MHz (F3-1866C9D-8GAB) memory and this board has caused me problems twice, both memory related. MSI's other versions, A78M-E35 and A88XM-E35 work fine.

However I noticed the issue could be memory side because I've noticed G.Skill using different color PCB on the exact same memory (F3-1866C9D-8GAB), the green PCB version would give me issues, whereas the black PCB version has been good so far. I'm guessing the green PCB version is old stock?

Other Thoughts: G.Skill should use a different model number if they're going to use different chips/PCB.

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  • matthew m.
  • 7/13/2014 7:09:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWin 8.0 nitemare

Pros: Lot's of bells and whistles. Easy OC in bios bumped my 3.7 to 4.0 ghz with one touch! No hick ups on Windows 7.

Cons: I have a volume license copy of W8.0 and have installed, tried to install it in this board maybe 4 out of 12 times. I stripped all the cards and add ons out, get the initial install done then it locks up after updates or installing the AMD drivers. I tried newer, older, just vga. Last time I had it running for months perfect then an older version of Easeus disk utility totally messed it up. It runs great if you can crack the code (and I am a very good computer tech) but if your wasting a license you will NOT be happy.

Other Thoughts: I originally purchased a GB GA-F2A55M-HD2. It loaded W8 flawlessly over 6-7 times. The drivers loaded perfect from the cd. I REALLY want to like this MSI motherboard but it's like a bad girlfriend.........

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  • Adam C.
  • 7/13/2014 2:27:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Has 4 RAM ports, two PCI ports that are above 1.0, and a pretty easy to use BIOS menu.

Cons: I'm not 100% sure it still technically has a microATX form factor; the case I bought was specifically for microATX mobos and the board was right on the threshold of not fitting. Other than that though, it works great.

Other Thoughts: It didn't come with a mini speaker. That's not really a problem when the rig works fine.

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  • Morgan S.
  • 7/8/2014 3:26:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board at a great price

Pros: This board had exactly what I needed and so far has been at the core of a very solid machine. Features aside, the board arrived and worked, and has continued to work without any issues. The stability is wonderful!

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I haven't any cons about this board. Please note that in order to have video you must either have a cpu with video on it or a separate video card.

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  • Steven M.
  • 7/1/2014 7:50:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: Works well with 6000 series APU.
Worked well right out of the box, the UEFI bios works well.
Recognized my 1866 ram seeds right away.
3 year warranty is a nice touch for a sub $100.00 board
Didn't notice a difference between this or the 88 chipset version with what I use it for.
Temps stay cool.
Very stable

Cons: none so far.

Other Thoughts: I paired this with an AMD A8-6600K and 8 gigs of Kingston HyperX Fury. It ran right off the bat with very little tweaking needed.

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  • zach s.
  • 6/28/2014 4:26:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggslove it!

Pros: excellent board, looks amazing and 4 usb 3.0's is wicked fast! easy to install and easy to overclock everything!

Cons: no cons so far!

Other Thoughts: nice price for a very nice build.

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  • Richard L.
  • 6/24/2014 9:47:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: None

Cons: Arrived DOA. I have used MSI motherboards in the mid 90's with no issues. I was in a hurry to get this build done for a relative before I left on vacation and this MB let me down. Newegg was great with the RMA.

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
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Brandon S.
  • 6/10/2014 11:19:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMSI A78M-E45 Mobo

Pros: Great price overall, great for budget builds

Versatile, packed with features and options


Cons: Not really interested in the regular PCI slot, but that doesn't make a difference considering the amount of other types of technology built on this board.

Other Thoughts: Great board for its price range under $80. Got this one on sale with a promo code for $57 w/ free shipping!

Very versatile board, packed with different options and features. The specs are great for the amount of different types of build routes you can do, especially on a budget.

BIOS - It makes it very easy to control fan speeds, over clock and keep track of specs. This is actually my first board with the GUI. Its very easy to navigate and I actually prefer this over using regular installed programs.

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