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Item#: N82E16813130747

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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  • Cody P.
  • 10/21/2014 10:36:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board!!

Pros: Awesome board with lots of features and room for upgrades, plenty of USB 3.0s, FM2+, RAM maxes at 64GBs, PCIe 3.0, 6 SATAs, and HDMI/DVI/VGA display hookups.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Paired with:
AMD A8 7600 Kaveri 3.1GHz X4 CPU
Team Elite Plus 16GB 1600MHz DDR3
Crucial M500 240GB SSD
Windows 8.1 64-Bit

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  • RAMIN A.
  • 10/2/2014 2:31:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent!

Pros: - Excellent performance for the price
- Very easy setup
- Stable and solid operation
- Absolutely reliable with no issues for the past 7 months
- Best solution for a Home/Office system

Cons: None

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  • Aaron W.
  • 7/31/2014 6:10:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Motherboards

Pros: I like the I/o and slots arrangement on this board. Both PS/2 ports is nice, 4 USB3 ports is very nice, 3 express slots plus one standard PCI, 6 SATA 3's, 4 memory slots. So many cheap boards skimp on I/O & memory slots and to me it's the most important thing I look for in a board.

The BIOS is robust and easy to use, and the board is stable.

Cons: None. I am concerned about one thing though. I have an MSI FM1 board that's been in service for a couple of years and for some reason, the plastic frame around the CPU that anchors the heat sink failed. The plastic seems to have crystallized from head and got brittle and just came apart. The heat sink literally fell off. This on a running computer that was sitting still and hadn't been disturbed in ages. Sure looks like the same design on this FM2 board. Oh well, time will tell.

Other Thoughts: I bought three of these to build us some new office computers from. All three came up easily and quickly without a hitch and the users love them. All have SSD's and the same A6 processor and Gskill memory.

These AMD APU systems deliver a big bang for the buck.

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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.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Please note all our replacement product were fully tested before we ship them back to our customer. We apologize for the issues that you are having with your replacement product. 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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  • 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.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
However if this is your 2nd or 3rd motherboard with similar issue. please inspect carefully the other hardware's was well. Such as, physical memory (RAM), CPU, hard drive, and power supply to verify.

If you have not go through troubleshooting yet, then feel free to contact our tech support team for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.

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

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  • Yee 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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