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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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  • 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 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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  • 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

GUI BIOS

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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  • PAWEL P.
  • 5/17/2014 6:19:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Board

Pros: Wasn't DOA. Works well, and has some nice features.

Cons: After installing drivers from the disc, I noticed that there was an unknown USB device in the device manager. It was the Renesas USB 3.0 drivers that were missing. I browsed the disc and found the USB 3.0 Renesas drivers and now everything is working.
Also, this board natively will see up to DDR 1866. beyond that, you have to overclock, even though manual stated that this model sees DDR2300 natively. Wish I'd known that before I got 16 GB of DDR2300. I managed to overclock it to 1966 but still I'm losing speed.

Other Thoughts: Hopefully in future BIOS updates DDR2300 will be natively supported.

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  • Champion a.
  • 5/16/2014 10:44:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy this motherboard

Pros: Cons, and there are many, out way any pros. Can't believe I've wasted 15 hours trying to trouble shoot a new system with no progress. Tried to contact customer support online and by phone with no luck. I installed two hard drives in this system each loaded with Windows 7 pro 64 bit so I can switch boot drives and go in case of problems and had the same problem on both drives-everything looks good after OS install but once I install the chip set drivers the computer becomes unusable.

Cons: On board video doesn't work at all, No matter what settings you change in BIOS after driver install. So I bought PCI express 2.1 card and couldn't put it in 16X slot at bottom because the slot was so close to capacitors and other components.

Other Thoughts: Bought an ASUS board bare bones combo and got this piece of you know what. Advertising looks and sounds good but in the end just another poorly thought out Chinese piece of....

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
Only APU will allow you to use integrated display, please make sure that you are using an APU.

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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  • Ron W.
  • 5/13/2014 10:14:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent MB

Pros: I'm using a A8 660K processor and 8gb of G.Skill RipJaws DDR3-2133 and the system is very fast. Faster than another desktop I have with an A10 and a competitors A88 MB.

Cons: Not much. The only way I can get the Realtek Audio Manager up is to search in programs. Nothing listed in programs. I show a partial manager in the taskbar but it has no functionality. It shows 4 buttons but they do not do anything. I am still having problems getting sound to the front ports.

Other Thoughts: If you want an economical, very capable, fast system this is it. I have not run any games but I expect it would function fine for that use.

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  • David G.
  • 5/12/2014 2:03:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat board little finicky

Pros: As advertised, love the BIOS, working great so far for my media PC.

Cons: Not really a con but a gotcha.

I had a lot of issues using the on board HDMI video, 1080p videos would hang every 4 minutes or so and create artifacts while streaming from my file server (no other computers had this issue). On a whim I changed the default video device in the BIOS from addon card to built in and everything works great now.

Kinda odd for something I haven't had to manually set for a decade, but there you go.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/8/2014 8:11:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsdecent board

Pros: works great. good bios, easy to navigate and easy OC if your into that. overall a good MB for the price

Cons: the first board I got had some kind of sticky liquid on it. New egg was awesome with the RMA for the new one, great customer service on there part. anyways week and a half later on track delivered my new MB with some dings on the box. but this second one was in New condition and works fine

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