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

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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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  • Lucas J.
  • 8/12/2014 9:54:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat mother board

Pros: fast easy to use, does not cost an arm and a leg for the performance it gets, love to oc switch it makes a safe and easy over clock. and cool design

Cons: would like to see more of a color in the due channel ram slots for color coding other then that its great

Other Thoughts: best motherboard i have gotten anywhere best bang for your buck.

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  • Jordan S.
  • 8/10/2014 9:17:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI A88X-G45 GAMING FM2+

Pros: Great for the price and pretty decent performance!

Cons: The free game coupon was invalid with my motherboard. Also, AMD's customer service kinda sucks. But, this has nothing to do with the product so not enough bad to lose an egg

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  • Pedro G.
  • 7/30/2014 11:09:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsg45

Pros: Pros
-good design
-great performance
-easy to use

Cons: Cons
-bad quality
-software updates issues

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, suggestions for improvement for us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • brandon h.
  • 7/26/2014 2:57:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for gaming

Pros: Like the layout and design, easy to overclock, and user friendly BIOS.

Cons: None.

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  • Daniel M.
  • 7/22/2014 3:33:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: great board, fancy with lots of features.

Cons: wont run my 2400 g skill ram in dual channel, same as my last board, and didnt come with any screws or stand offs. Looks like it was used , because all of the booklets and packagin were wrinkled up and thrown in the box. And i didnt get a certificate for free 2 games that came with the board, which was one of the reasons i got the board.

Other Thoughts: it was several days late, i think it was used, didnt come with screws or standoffs, and didnt include the free 2 games it was advertised with.

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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  • Kahn K.
  • 7/13/2014 11:20:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Overall

Pros: Initially I thought it was defective because it wouldn't power on to begin with, but later I determined that the plug on my UPS was going bad. Have had no real problems otherwise.

OC Genie is a breeze and bumped up the A10-7850K to 4.2 Ghz without a hitch. Performance is buttery smooth along with my HD7870, even when pushing a 2650x1600 monitor.

Audio is especially awesome, even while missing the surround speakers on my 5.1 setup, it still feels more immersive than when I was running a SoundBlaster X-Fi back in the day. I seriously cannot wait for TrueAudio compatible games to come out and take real advantage of this.

Networking speeds have improved as well, despite no change in my router/ISP. Using cFosSpeed for traffic shaping instead of the Killer NIC software and it gives me nearly 1 mbit better speeds from my FIOS connection.

Cons: None really... aside from the sheer terror of thinking it was DOA to start with ;P

Other Thoughts: Make sure you have clean power for this puppy, don't be like me and connect it to a dying UPS. Otherwise I'd recommend the best DDR3 you can afford to go with it, definitely 2400 Mhz compatible, and this will give you the overclocking headroom you need. I *might* test it at the higher level of OC Genie once I replace my UPS, but until then, 4.2 suits me just fine.

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  • Robert P.
  • 7/11/2014 3:43:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsI wanted to like it...

Pros: Tons of features, high quality craftsmanship* and materials, impressive specs, great layout. Did I mention tons of features?
(See * in cons)

Cons: First board arrive DOA. I didn't remove eggs for that, it happens; I just returned the mobo and got a second one.

*Known poor assembly
I couldn't believe my second mobo was DOA as well so I went looking online. Turns out there's an issue where you have use your video card to wedge down the PCI slot like an old Nintendo game for the board to get power. Sure enough, I pushed my video card down (towards the ground in an upright tower case) and after hearing some stress creaks the power came on. Once I let go and the board/card reset to standard positions the power dropped again. I repeated this test with the same results. Had I stuck a pencil in the back panel to keep the card wedged down (and blocked one of my monitor plugs) I'm sure I could have kept power flowing, but that was completely unacceptable. I really wanted to like/use this board, too...

Other Thoughts: Had the board worked without the need for me to wedge the video card in there I'm sure I would have been VERY pleased. As I've said repeatedly, I really wanted to use this board, that's why I gave it two eggs instead of one.

Manufacturer Response:

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

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email:

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Mark S.
  • 7/6/2014 8:37:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBuilt Computer to Find Out Motherboard is Broken

Pros: I couldn't get the computer started using this motherboard, other than it looks nice, I don't have any pros.

Cons: So I've been slowly buying parts over the past 3 months to build a brand new computer, and this is the motherboard I chose to use since Newegg had a deal on it a while back. Upon receiving the box I left the box closed and in a cool environment until the build day. Yesterday I received my last component which was the graphics card (ASUS Geforce GTX 760). My older cousin and I spent all afternoon and evening building my computer to find out that the motherboard is unresponsive. We tried taking out one component at a time to see if it was possible that it was another component that was messed up, but still nothing. Not even a beep noise once we took the RAM out. I'm sure this is a very rare case, and that the motherboard is decent, when working properly. I'm super disappointed about this, and I really hope I can get some sort of a refund, because as far as the both of us can see this motherboard is good for garbage.

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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  • Rob W.
  • 6/19/2014 9:39:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA88X-G45

Pros: It's red and black. And I think that looks awesome.

Relatively easy to overclock.

My Kaveri is running at 4.6Ghz on the CPU side, and just over 1Ghz on the GPU side. I think I could get more out of it if I could afford a custom water loop.

I can still use my Cooler Master V6 because AMD hasn't changed the size of their brackets in forever. The adapter that came for the AM2 socket still fit (even though I originally bought it for a socket 1156 i5 760).

I have 4x4GB of 1600Mhz Corsair Vengeance running at 1886 Mhz. Took less then a minute to OC. Booted on the first try. Maybe I just got lucky. It's important to get the most out of your RAM when using the iGPU, as the system RAM is also being used as your VRAM.

And that segues well into the cons...

Cons: It can be a pain to find where you set the VRAM allocation size in the BIOS. I ended having to set the BIOS for Dual Graphics (which is CrossFire between the iGPU and a video card, in case you didn't know) even though I don't have a dedicated video card in the system.

You can only allocate 2GB as VRAM. Though, I'm not sure if this is a limitation of the board, BIOS,socket, chipset, or the APU.

Other Thoughts: I run my system to a TV with a max resolution of 1024x768, so the iGPU is really all I need to run games at decent settings with that resolution. I have Dirt 3 on high settings, and still get over 60 FPS on average.

If you want 1080, you can still play most games on low to medium settings. But, I'm keeping my eye out for when a R7 250 goes on sale for stupid cheap. Equipping that in Dual Graphics makes 1080 much more playable.

Last I checked, you can still only set up Dual Graphics with the R7 240 and R7 250 with the Oland chips. And only those. Not the 250X or 250E. Plus, it's only the 250's with the 384 stream processors, not the 512.

I thought maybe AMD with update drivers to include more cards to that list, but as far as I know, that hasn't happened.

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  • Jeffery B.
  • 6/14/2014 3:14:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis bios. Lemme tell you.

Pros: Great everything. Love it. Not going to get into specs as you can see it.
Layout is nice.
Great for what its made for.

Cons: The front audio port on my case isn't working. But that is 90% my fault and don't want to pull of the side to fix it.(cabled wrong)

When I first Installed Windows 7 I used a hella old version. Which for some reason my audio never worked. The Audio Service would crash and restart when anything sound related happened. But the good ole windows updates fixed everything. Not going to lose any eggs for the raiting as everything that went wrong was my fault.

Other Thoughts: This bios man. I am used to bios being hella lame. But this thing has Mouse Support and the bios is layed out nice and neat. I would rate this 7/5 if I could.

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