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MSI A88X-G45 GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD A88X (Bolton D4)
  • Athlon/A- Series
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2133/1866
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Let the Games Begin

MSI GAMING motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.

The Best Gaming Weapons at Hand

  • The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer E2200 Game Networking
  • Crystal clear sound with Audio Boost
  • Top quality audio solution with Sound Blaster Cinema
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Military Class 4 Components
  • OC Genie 4 & Click BIOS 4
  • Optimized for multiple graphics cards
  • Supports DDR3-2400+ memory for super fast loading

Killer E2200 Game Networking

Kill Your Lag!

The Killer E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect? Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.



Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping. This enables true multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day.


USB Audio Power

USB Audio Power is a breakthrough in Home Theater Entertainment audio quality. Using an unique design, the USB ports onboard provide a TRUE 5V signal that doesn't drop when more devices are connected.This simply means better signal quality over USB, especially for devices that rely on a perfect signal, like USB DAC's as they rely on a perfect transmission of audio bits from the motherboard to the DAC. This also means that external low-noise power supplies are no longer essential for better audio quality as USB Audio Power is able to deliver an optimum USB signal.


  • Enhances USB Audio Quality
  • Stable 5V Power & Better Signal Transmission over USB


Audio Boost

Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games.

Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability.

The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your gaming PC.

  • Studio level Integrated 600O Headphone amplifier
  • Gold-flashed audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • EMI shielded audio codec & amplifier
  • High quality Japanese audio capacitors
  • Illuminated Audio Isolation Line

Hear your enemies perfectly, even on an ear-drum shattering battlefield. Thanks to Sound Blaster Cinema, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones. Your most important gaming sound effects are reproduced crystal clear allowing you to focus on your game even during extremely long gaming sessions.

Powered by the SBX Pro Studio technologies, Sound Blaster Cinema enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments, making your ears a decisive tool on the battlefield.


Gaming Device Port

You want more FPS, lower ping, but why use a pro-gaming mouse with old-fashioned standards? MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized for high polling rate mice (500 to 1000 Hz) which lowers your mouse's response time from 8 milliseconds to 1 millisecond! This gives a much smoother mouse response in games. The additional gold plating on the ports enhances the durability drastically and ensures your PS/2 and USB ports are always working when you ship out to a LAN party.

Gaming Benefits

  • more responsive
  • smoother gameplay
  • faster reactions

Technical Benefits

  • 3X More gold than regular connectors
  • 10X Longer lifetime when plugging and unplugging
  • Prevents oxidation and corrosion


Military Class 4 Components

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-c Cap, Super Ferrite Choke and Solid CAPs will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme conditions.

Hi-C Cap

A Hi-C Cap is a very small, but super-efficient capacitor. Besides ensuring enough spacing around a CPU socket to install large coolers, it also allows for 93% energy efficiency. Thanks to Hi-c CAP`s MSI mainboards are the most energy efficient in the market.

Dark Cap

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP's have been a staple in high-end design motherboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.

Super Ferrite Choke

Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

Military Class Essentials

The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the toughest conditions.

The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system can survive each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI radiation.

On top of that the all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.


OC Genie 4

OC Genie is the world's first built-in hardware overclocking technology on motherboards. With this new generation of OC Genie, we're giving you even more performance. The OC Genie button works as you expect it to, but now you have even more control. Flick the OC_MODE switch from the normal "Turbo" to "GAMING" and your PC gets another adrenalin shot! For the more advanced overclockers, we give you complete control of your settings with "My OC Genie".


Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Besides that, it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And all this comes with advanced and cool features.


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

This feature shows the user a visual representation of all the connectors of the motherboard and displays which devices are connected. In case of a device having a bad connection you can easily trace it with board explorer.


OC Profiles Preview

With OC profiles you can rapidly switch between settings and you can save up to eight profiles. In the blink of an eye, you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the stored profiles.


Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards

MSI GAMING motherboards feature one or more PCI-Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running AMD CrossFire gaming setup.

Command Center


Total Control

MSI's exclusive Command Center software is a very powerful tool to push your motherboard to the max. With a very intuitive touch ready interface, Command Center allows users to tune settings to increase system stability, maximize overclocking performance and adjust cooling features.

Graphical Fan Control & Monitoring

Command Center features a total new fan control interface from which users can control all fans' speed on the motherboard and set profiles. Users can real-time monitor the status of the fans as well as record fan speed, voltage and temperate status into a log file. This feature is both convenient for pro-gamers and overclockers.

Unlimited RAMDisk

MSI Command Center integrates an unlimited RAMdisk with the retail value of $35. With a RAMdisk you can create a virtual drive from your system memory enabling speeds 20X faster than a modern SSD. There are options to load complete game images, you can speed up your browser or your page file which increases your whole system's performance.


Supports DDR3-2400+ Memory for Super Fast Loading

Tired of everlasting loading screens? The MSI Gaming series motherboards offer support for DDR3-2400+ memory modules. That way, you will not have to miss out on any gaming action because your in-game levels will be loaded superfast!

Smart Fan Control

Smart Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans to enable you to find the best balance of fan performance and silence. Because you can also monitor and record all your fan information, a great pool of information is available to base the fan settings on.


Dragon Heat Sink

With an awesome product comes an inspiring heat sink! Styled after the iconic MSI GAMING Dragon. The heat sink is oversized to provide the best thermal transfer and heat dissipation to enable your PC to just game 24 hours per day.

Package Content

What's in the box? Check it out for yourself! Besides a plethora of necessary cables and connectors you also get a cool Do-Not-Disturb door-hanger, a slick gaming case badge and a stylish gaming I/O panel.


Learn more about the MSI A88X-G45 GAMING

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/14/2015 11:32:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsbest board yet

Pros: best board yet,,,zero problems, OC genie works perfectly, it automatically clocks my 7850k up to 4.7 and 4.8ghz, super fast boot time with 8.1pro 8gigs of Avexir ram 1600 orange leds, and a Kingston 120gig solid state as boot drive, getting around 12 to 15 second boot time with that's hardware setup,

Cons: most of cons posted down below in other posts are probably more than likely is a code 99,,,,, operator error,,,,lol,,,

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/25/2015 9:10:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTO Forio

Pros: to Forio hoping you read this, your CPU probably has a bent pin check the corner make sure you lined up the gold CPU corner to the open pin spots on the mount. either this is your problem or you are not using the correct channels on your ram. If your unfortunate enough to have bent the pins be very careful trying to fix it or you might get lucky and AMD will replace it for you.

Cons: just trying to help.

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  • Alexandre F.
  • 3/13/2015 10:39:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWorks Great! On 1 stick of RAM...

Pros: Works great with my AMD A10-5800K, doesn't slow down at all and boots in under 30 seconds. OC Genie is a good escape when I mess up my overclock settings and gets things working again.

Cons: Will not take 2 sticks of RAM... I have looked everywhere I can, switched to a qualified vendor for this board and even replaced the board, and it will not use my 2x8Gb Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1600Mhz RAM sticks. When I boot up the board view, the board sees the RAM is installed but will not use more than just the first stick it sees. I have tried turning on RAM profiles, but the only available option is the Intel Memory Profile which also doesn't make sense considering the port this Mobo is built for...

Other Thoughts: Great board, but considering the trouble I went through just to give up on not being able to use 16gb of RAM has put me off of MSI forever.

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  • Joel V.
  • 2/24/2015 10:14:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: great looking board. really liked how the bios interface, easy to make settings

Cons: board failed after 3 days of operation came up with a p5 error code, sent board back to newegg for replacement, replacement came and would not post same p5 debug code.
I ended up retuning for a full refund i was out the cost of shipping both boards back. i ended up buying the Asus crossblade ranger at a higher coast but wow nice board and posted no issues still running strong.

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).
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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  • Anonymous
  • 1/5/2015 9:37:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Best FM2+ board, and only $120. LOADS of features. Looks really fancy.

Cons: OC Genie is horrid, it pushed my CPU a whole 0.01Ghz over stock, which after adjusting the multiplier manually I was able to get an athlong x4 760k up to 5Ghz.

Other Thoughts: Seriously MSI, fix OC Genie, it sucks.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/15/2014 12:40:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

Pros: Works great. Had no issues. Looks sexy

Cons: None

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  • Ryan S.
  • 12/6/2014 1:27:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOverclock Genie

Pros: Looks great, nice start up screen...just aesthetics

Cons: This is supposed to be a "gaming motherboard" this is nothing more than an average motherboard with ALOT of BLOAT ware. Windows 7 users...good luck getting all the USB 3.0 drivers to work...installing the software with included CD, lets just say half of it is google chrome and a 2 month trial of Norton Anti virus. The "Overclock Genie" does nothing more than guess what your computer can handle and than just screw everything up. Computer would freeze, crash randomly if put on. The "speed Boot" is hilarious. Just more Bloat ware that starts with your computer, along with more garbage. Find another motherboard thats cheaper, this is not worth the money.

Other Thoughts: Buy something cheaper, unless this is on sale, you have Windows 8 (why would you) and you never want to try any sort of overclocking.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported since many reasons can cause the situation like this, if you have any question or concern regarding our MSI motherboard you purchased, Please do not hesitate to contact us directly by email at or by phone at 626.271.1004 M-F, 9AM to 6PM PST. We will more than happy to assist you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Samuel R.
  • 12/5/2014 3:52:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLot of features and powerful

Pros: -The sounds on my speakers is way clearer
- A LOT of USB 3.0 port + around 6 SATA port.
-Look freaking awesome
-BIOS is really easy to use
-Nice instructions manual, specially for me who is kind of new with this.

Cons: None so far...did not put on the cpu by itself.

Other Thoughts: I got it for 134$ !! Super cheap for what I received !! I love MSI and would buy again this brand.

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  • Robert S.
  • 12/3/2014 5:00:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI A88X-G45 GAMING FM2+ MB

Pros: 1) Eye Candy! Board has killer looks! Nice job MSI.

2) Board came via ups in great shape! Nothing loose :)

3) Installed board and fired it up with a A-10 7850k Kaveri and 8 gigs of Radeon gamer 2400 memory.....Perfect and smooth!

4) BIOS is freaking cool. Soooo easy. lol will spoil you :)

5) Absolutely no "problems of any kind". Only thing I actually had to change was my memory speed, which at default it showed 2133. Was easy to move around BIOS to find and change memory to correct 2400 speed. No problems, smooth as silk.

6) Board and BIOS delivers! Actually all my prior MB's were of the ASUS brand...Took the chance with MSI's G-45. I feel I made an absolutely smart choice and got the best bang for my buck!

7) Would recommend to friend or family member and to anyone reading this. Chugging along at 4.2 and loving it :)

Cons: Nothing, Nada, Zilch. You get my point.

Other Thoughts: Not a con BUT, To the people that work in the Newegg HR dept, please pass this note to the people filling the orders on the floor.... Shipping was fast, Thank you. But, LOL... I know everyone's running at break neck speed to pull and ship the orders but PLEASE explain to the people placing bubble wrap inside box.....PLACE BUBBLE WRAP ON ALL SIDES OF PRODUCT IN CUSTOMERS BOX!!!! Doesn't do any freaking good if part is slamming around inside box with bubble wrap only on ONE C'mon.

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  • chris o.
  • 11/4/2014 7:40:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsjust a dream of a board. very happy so far.

Pros: lots of cool features like led cpu temp reading, power button, overclock on/off switch, 2-gear switch for overclock -- all on mobo.
runs cool.
looks great.
nice looking i/o panel. (more on this later.)
great support.
live update software.
i could go on and on.

Cons: pcix1 slots are parked too close to main (top) pcix16 slot. I run a Hauppauge pcix1 tv card and it would be a tight fit with a large cooler like the zalman 9900r max which I am using and a graphocs card, which I am not using.
an x1 card will not work on the bottom graphics slot due to it being an x8 and not an x4. (pretty sure about this.)
also hdmi slot doesn't seat hdmi plug securely and made me think board was defective.(see other thoughts.)

Other Thoughts: I had 2 hdmi cords lose the signal to my monitor temporarily because of the padded I/o shield. they don't seat securely into the hdmi slot. i called msi suopport and they guided me thru the trouble-shoot. I have ordered an additional hdmi cord and a dvi-d to hdmi cord to fix this small issue. the egg had them both on sale so not a huge fix cost-wise but kind of un-nerving to experience with a new apu build.
remember to use the drivers disk for the chipset, network, usb3, etc.
the usb3's have 2 separate manufacturers (I believe) and require 2 separate drivers.
I would highly recommend this board for it's features, the reliability of the msi brand and the top-notch support they offer to their customers.

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