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MSI H81M-E34 LGA 1150 Intel H81 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H81
  • 4th Generation Intel Corei7/Corei5/Corei3/Pentium/Celeron (LGA 1150)
  • DDR3 1600/1333/1066

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Intel® H81 Express Chipset

  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1150 socket
  • Supports DDR3-1600 Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gbps
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • Military Class Essentials: Total Protection for Military Class Motherboards
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • 4K UHD Support: Ultra-high Definition Visual Experience
  • Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
  • Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds
  • M-Flash: Simply Update & Backup Your BIOS
  • Live Update 5: Easily Update The Latest BIOS & Drivers
 H81M-E34 Military Class 4
MSI's new Military Class 4 components support you while you are questing, racing, battling and shooting your way to the top. MSI's Military Class 4 components deliver record-breaking stability when you need to keep cool in the heat of battle. The new standard in stability built on a proven technology of high quality components.

 H81M-E34  H81M-E34 OC Genie 4

OC Genie 4 supercharges your speed experience! When used, OC Genie 4 accelerates your entire system and puts it into overdrive! Tuned by the professional overclockers, OC Genie 4 hands you record-breaking performance on a silver plate.

 H81M-E34  H81M-E34 Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only reacting faster and running smoother, it also has better mouse support. This is all comes with many cool features, such as Hardware Monitor, Board Explorer, and OC Profile Preview.

  • Optimizations for Latest Windows
  • Hardware Monitor
  • Board Explorer
  • OC Profile Preview

Hardware Monitor

Hardware monitor allows you to take control of your system through Total Fan and check your primary system characteristics in an easy graphical interface.

Board Explorer

Board explorer gives you detailed info about on-board components on mouse-over. Quickly identify connected ports and devices.

OC Profile Preview

In the blink of an eye, you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the eight profiles you can have stored.

 H81M-E34 Intel® Smart Connect

  • Automatically pull data from cloud services for always updated content
  • Fast applications sync with cloud services, without the need for manual interaction
  • Great power efficiency as system wakes to a low power state to download content

 H81M-E34  H81M-E34 4K UHD Support

Enjoy the awesome 4K UHD video playback now! MSI's 8 series motherboards that equip with HDMI port(s) supports the latest and the most innovative 4K UHD (2160p ultra-high definition) signal outputs to provide an unprecedented visual experience.
 H81M-E34 M-Flash

Compared to common motherboards which need extra BIOS chips, MSI's M-Flash has a double advantage which doesn't need extra components and secondly, all your BIOS data will be saved in the USB drive. The stored data does not only have backup and upgrade function, moreover, it can also be seen as a portable BIOS chip which is actually able to boot up your PC.

  • Backup/Restore Your BIOS to/from Any USB Flash Disk
  • Avoid Unnecessary Repair Due to Accident Failures During The Upgrading Process
  • Earn more BIOS Lifespan by Reducing Unnecessary Rewriting Process
 H81M-E34  H81M-E34 Live Update 5

MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving your time and lowering the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.

  • Automatically Detect the BIOS/Driver/VGA/Utility Update
  • Support Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 32- & 64-bit

 H81M-E34 USB 3.0

Compared to the 480Mbps provided by traditional USB 2.0, the all-new USB 3.0's 5Gbps offers 10 times the transfer bandwidth, so transferring a Blu-ray movie takes less than one minute.

  • 10X Faster Than USB 2.0
  • Up to 5Gbps Data Transfer Bandwidth
  • Boost Transfer Rate Between Your PC and External Storage Devices
 H81M-E34 SATA 6Gbps

SATA 6Gbps provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3Gbps, and increases the data transfer rate between your motherboard and internal storage devices, such as 7200RPM HDDs, 10000RPM HDDs and SSDs. It's also the current trend for upcoming high-speed internal storage devices to break the existing bottleneck of a PC's performance.

  • 2X Faster Than SATA 3Gbps
  • Up to 6Gbps Data Transfer Bandwidth
  • Unleash True Performance of New HDDs/SSDs
 H81M-E34  H81M-E34 Fast Boot
No more waiting for entering OS! MSI Fast Boot helps to make motherboards boot lightning fast. MSI also adds the GO2BIOS button with-in. Simply click it to reset your PC and then go straight to the system BIOS.
 H81M-E34 Military Class Essentials
The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the worst conditions. The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system surviving each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI radiation. On top of that all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.
 H81M-E34  H81M-E34 Humidity Protection
The latest Gen 4 Fabric PCB helps to against moisture cause by some humid conditions and environments.
 H81M-E34  H81M-E34 ESD Protection
Anti-ESD ICs and fuses onboard helps to totally protect your motherboard from electrostatic damage.
 H81M-E34  H81M-E34 EMI Protection
The optimized EMI-proof design helps to keep users safe when during a long-time computer operation.
 H81M-E34  H81M-E34 High Temperature Protection
Certificated Military Class 4 components help to work stable under some extreme conditions.
 H81M-E34  H81M-E34 Command Center

Command Center is the next-gen multi-function software platform and allows easy visual adjustment of system settings, automatically tune fans or give complete freedom. It features an integrated unlimited RAM disk. With the Command Center mobile version, you can remote and monitor your PC wirelessly via your iPhone or Android phone.


  • System Settings Adjustment
  • Fan Curve Tuning
  • Unlimited RAMDisk
  • Mobile Control
Fan Curve Tuning

Fan Curve Tuning helps to completely control all your fans to enable you to find the best balance of fan performance and silence.

Unlimited RAMDisk

Easily configure a RAMDisk to give an enormous speed boost to your system by storing your most used files in it.

Mobile Control

MSI Command Center is an user-friendly and easy to use app that lets you control every aspect of your motherboard with your mobile device.

Learn more about the MSI H81M-E34

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 11/9/2015 7:03:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard

Pros: Awesome motherboard. Cheap motherboard for $50 and it came with everything I needed.

Cons: No cons, only had it for 3 weeks.

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  • Charles A.
  • 10/5/2015 6:17:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Cheap Motherboard

Pros: Absolutely Excellent for the price! It is the cheapest motherboard here that includes an onboard USB 3.0 Header. Plenty of expansion slots for stuff. A LOT of USB ports on the back including 4 USB 3.0. It also has HDMI, DVI, and VGA.

I have purchased about 15 of these for local businesses and offices and every time they just deliver. So far, I haven't received any DOA, nor have I had to RMA or Warranty any of them.

Cons: The I/O Plate always needs to have the prongs bent out of the way, but that's almost every I/O plate. This is a solid piece of hardware.

Other Thoughts: I'd put my money into this for any basic computer!

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  • bayram b.
  • 7/10/2015 4:44:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad motherboard

Pros: they can do better

Cons: i have hdmi pictures but no sound comming out

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that correct drivers are install, please visit our website,
2. Check your other major hardware’s , like speaker, cable etc.
3. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • James C.
  • 5/27/2015 6:32:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTop Shelf Motherboard

Pros: Must have bought 50 of these and only sent one back.
MSI promptly gives you an RMA and replaces a flawed
motherboard for free for 3 years; what more could you ask for. I only buy MSI motherboards and I buy 100's a year.

You buy a motherboard for what it will be used for and this board runs three monitors flawlessly with ease.

I deliver four or five a month to my corporate customers without DVD burners to run the factory equipment out in the environment that is not pleasant for man or machine.

Only had one return because of a failed power supply and all I had to do was replace it and it went right back onto the factory floor.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: I put all of these in a Rosewill "Line" case.

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  • Anthony D.
  • 4/14/2015 5:32:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGood for one boot

Pros: The one boot that it did was very fast

Cons: The firstt boot went very well. The only thing I had plugged in was a SSD with W 8.1 on it. It was very fast and the video was great. I connected my other devices; a card reader, 2 dvd drives and another HDD. Restarted and I got an error during POST.
" over current have been detected on your usb device ". Thinking it was my old power supply I bought another one, wasn't happy I had to pat retail price but I needed a working system. Well as luck wold have it more money down the drain, it gave me the same error. I have removed everything but the ram an I still get the same error. This is my first MSI and I never had this much trouble with a build, very disappointing. I have never in my time had to send anything back but I guess this is it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPRW2), Clear cmos.
2. Check your other major hardware’s (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
3. If you need further assistant, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific standard Time.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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4 out of 5 eggsFor the Features and Price... Very Good!

Pros: Good Price

MSI makes good stuff (usually)

PCB does not seem flimsy at all

Four pin fan header

Haswell refresh

Two onboard USB 2 connectors for front panel USB <--BIG

One usable PCI-E slots after double size video card installed

Plenty of USB 3.0 ports

Spiffy UEFI BIOS that is easy enough to navigate

MSI has very extensive forums that provides good support but the mods can get bugged easy when you point out they are wrong.

SO FAR...No problemo with the USB 3.0 hearders

Cons: Only four SATA ports, only two 6Gb/s

The board needs a PCI slot

One PCI-E slot covered when using double sized vidcard

Goofy placement of system panel header. They are usually in the lower right. On this board they are located lower central. Makes a minor difference.

From the manual:
"Plug all the wires from the computer case into the M-Connector
and then plug the M-Connector into the motherboard."

NO M-connector in my box :-(

Small pamphlet size manual

I would prefer that fan speed in BIOS have slow, normal and high
rather then a graph with sliders. I can't turn my fans down as low as I would like..used inline resistors.

Other Thoughts: I like the board and though I listed cons I knew most of that listed before purchase.

I did not want to spend more then I did on a m-ATX
board that will be used with a Celeron G1840 (good CPU BTW)
as a secondary system that I use to test hardware and software.

The build was easy enough and would have been easier if I had not spent 20 minutes trying to hook the system panel headers to the wrong header. It is times like this that I kick myself cause I know so much and don't need to look at the manual properly.
HA HA on me.

Of course it ain't ALL my fault. The picture in the manual does NOT match whats on the board. I am pretty sure that the connectors I was attempting to attach the system pins to is a serial port header...problem is there is no picture of it in the manual.

I like the extra small size of this m-ATX board. I have it mounted in a Mid-Tower ATX case. There is plenty of room to work.

There is an extensive forum sponsored by MSI...just don't point out the moderators know how THEY are.

I can think of no reason you should not purchase this board as long as it has all the hook ups you need and you don't mind the manual being wrong.

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  • TOM J.
  • 10/6/2014 8:05:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: All the ports we need, VGA, DVI, USB 3, SATA 3, Serial.
Fast boot up.

Cons: No serial port adapter. The serial port header is on the motherboard, but we had to purchase the cable/connector separately. Most people these days don't use serial ports, we have some expensive legacy equipment that does so it's nice to have it built into the MB. USB-serial adaptors would work.

Other Thoughts: We've purchased 2 of these so far plan on purchasing more (up to 15) of these as we replace older PCs.

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  • Tri T.
  • 7/30/2014 7:30:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad usb 3.0 like review below

Pros: Cheap 1150 board with solid caps

Cons: USB 3.0 ports are flaky. It will only work from a cold/hard reset (unplugged power cable in the back) and it will only work that time. Next time you do a simple restart or shutdown and turn on, windows won't recognize the usb 3 driver. I've tried different drivers and even updated to the latest firmware of the usb 3 controller (newer that what's posted on MSI website) but have had no luck. I've tried both Windows 7 and 8.1...

Other Thoughts: I can live without usb 3 if this mother offers more usb 2 ports. As it stands, you're limited with 2 usb ports in the back, and 2 on the front panel until you can get the 4 usb 3 ports in the back to work...if you can.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.

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, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Mark S.
  • 3/20/2014 7:22:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good layout, nice bios

Cons: Bought and built 2 identical systems. Both boards had dead USB 3 onboard ports. Extensive troubleshooting with MSI tech rep. USB 3 is DOA. Would have easily been a 4 star board if the USB 3 had worked out of the box.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
It's odd to have two boards with bad USB3 like this.

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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