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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

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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.

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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.


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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.

Benefits

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

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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.

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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

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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.


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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".


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Learn more about the MSI A88X-G45 GAMING

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 2/2/2016 5:47:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDead on Arrival

Pros: The board looks nice and seems to leave plenty of space for future upgrades

Cons: Board is having major issues! With all functional peripherals, this board posts maybe 5% of the time. When it doesn't post, the handy dandy debug code points to random issues. Sometimes it says there is a keyboard gate error, despite a keyboard being plugged in on boot. Restart it and it says there is an issue in early memory initialization. Restart again and you get an issue in early CPU initialization. Restart again and you get a different code that still means one of the aforementioned errors.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valuable Customer,
Sorry to hear about the issue you reported. Before considering an RMA can you check following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected firmly, 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 possible Check for any bent pins on CPU socket.
4. 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.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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  • Michael P.
  • 1/11/2016 11:22:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Board, Mediocre Software. Important warnings in Cons section.

Pros: Motherboard
+Great quality
+Has buttons for both a simple overclock (OC Genie) and CMOS reset
+See list of features, I can't think of anything else this board could use

BIOS
+Very comprehensive with a great interface, I suggest checking out some of the overviews on YouTube

Software
+Fast Boot speeds up boot time by a second or two and allows you to reboot to BIOS from desktop
+MSI Command Center allows limited clocking features and fan speed profiles right from the desktop, plus plenty of system info

Cons: MSI Command Center
-A little slow and glitchy, completely freezes on a few features (OC Genie, memory information)
-Inaccurate RAM reading after XMP activated in BIOS

BIOS
-Will not work with an older TV! Doesn't fit screen at all and completely locks up if you select most menus. After a couple days of disconnecting things in different orders, clearing CMOS, and checking connections I discovered someone else had the same problem and fixed it by switching displays. Sounds ridiculous, but it works.

MSI Live Update
-While trying to find the answer to my problem, many people recommended not using this program to handle updates (including an MSI representative in one case) because it can brick your motherboard. I found out after doing updates and didn't have any problems, but you may want to do updates manually.

Other Thoughts: All in all I'm a little torn on this motherboard. From a hardware perspective it's quite good and clearly optimized for gaming, but the software suite and BIOS is in need of a little overhaul.

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  • Cory O.
  • 12/12/2015 8:03:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGood board Terrible Networking

Pros: The board performs well for my gaming purposes and haven't had any major issues but one.

Cons: The Killer Networking drivers don't work correctly. I have contacted msi support and they just send me a link to the same drivers that in order to make work, I have to reinstall them every time I restart my computer.

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  • Michael W.
  • 12/11/2015 11:21:00 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI A88X-G45

Pros: Perfect size with all the bells whistle that you get with MSI. So far no issues everything works like a charm.

Cons: Only four sata cables came with the board that has 8 ports.

Other Thoughts: With this being a full size board be careful what tower you try to put it in.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/8/2015 9:38:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: good mobo

Cons: it's a great looking motherboard the thing I wish it would say is that certain ram doesn't will not work I bought some gskill sniper series 2400mhz and it won't work after manually entering frequency and all the other blah blah blah won't go anymore than 1866mhz

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  • Jeffrey J.
  • 12/4/2015 3:55:23 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI LOVE IT

Pros: LOOKS ARE PHENOMENAL!!! the colors are perfect! the light line that separates the audio looks good too.
let me tell you something about this board. they thought about this design. the distance between the cpu socket and the pci slots is great enough that my Cooler Master V8 GTS cpu cooler is well over an inch away from my graphics card! the cooler also hangs over the top of three of the RAM slots but with about an inch or more left between the cooler and the ram ( i dont have tall ram sticks but they are Hyper X Fury, still i would imagine that there is plenty of space for taller ram, i'm not sure if this has anything to do with how tall the cooler is or if the cpu socket is mounted slightly higher to accommodate taller ram with big coolers) the SATA ports are pointed not straight out from the board (at the side panel of the case), but to the side (as in towards the front of the case) this allows for awesome cable management and they fit right under my R9 290 TRI-X graphics card with no clearance issues. the other features included on the board are great with the exception of the overclock genie (see cons).
there are power on and restart buttons right on the board, no need to jumper terminals when bench testing or if say an issue with the power button and you couldn't start your comp you could just push the power button on the board.
comes with a nice door knob tag that says "I'M SORRY, BUSY GAMING" on one side and "I'M NOT HERE" on the other side.
also included are a few SATA cables and a matching I/O panel.
the built in heat sinks look like dragons when viewed from the sides!!! very original and they look SICK!!
speaking of these heat sinks, even when overclocking and pushing the limits, my system (not cpu, but the board temp) stays well under what i would consider dangerous levels. something overclockers might consider a good quality

Cons: really the only complaint is the overclock genie. it just doesn't seem to really work well. at all... i've overclocked my machine and tested stable some pretty strong numbers. the overclock genie in either gear 1 or gear 2 barely overclocks my system. and i mean BARELY! wasn't even worth turning of my PC opening the case (can be switch on in the bios or MSI Command Center but requires restart) flipping the switch and restarting the machine... (there are two overclocking intensity settings on a switch on the board they call gears)
maybe the feature is a gimmick. maybe it just didn't work well for my setup or something.

Other Thoughts: my system specs
case: GRone
mobo: A88X-G45 GAMING
cpu: A10-5800K
cpu: cooler: Cooler Master V8 GTS
ram: 4x Hyper X Fury (4GB,red) (16GB total)
ssd: Mushkin Chronos
hdd: 2x Western Digital 1TB blue
gpu: sapphire R9 290 TRI-X
psu: evga NEX750B1 750watt
os: windows 10

by looking at these. there's no reason overclock genie shouldn't be overclocking this stuff. at lease more than it does.

but again, you can overclock yourself just as i did (since overclock genie doesn't work too well) and not worry about it.

therefore.. if your going to do it on your own or don't plan on overclocking, don't let the overclock genie be a deal breaker.

THIS BOARD IS AMAZING

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  • Bradley B.
  • 11/12/2015 5:33:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI Came Through

Pros: After 5 months, it's still running great.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Not long after I had written my previous review, MSI customer service contacted me and the person I spoke with was eager to make it right. He processed my rebate and I am a satisfied customer. Thank you, Tom from MSI.

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  • Bradley B.
  • 7/14/2015 10:47:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood product, horrible rebate processing

Pros: Great product for expansion, aesthetically attractive, good performer, comprehensive BIOS.

Cons: The MSI rebate process is abysmal. I sent in the rebate with my Newegg order as documentation. Almost 2 weeks later, I received an email that my rebate submission had been denied. I received the denial 3 days after the rebate expiration date. I emailed the rebate processing center and 4 days later, I received a response that they will NOT honor it even though it was their delay that made it go past expiration.

Other Thoughts: If you're buying the product because you want one of the better gaming motherboards on the market, get this one. However, if you're shopping based on price and rebates, look for another manufacture who actually plans on honoring their rebates.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or rebate, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com or by phone at 626-271-1004 m-f 6am to 6pm pst. and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

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

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  • William L.
  • 7/8/2015 7:02:44 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: Love all the options for expansions. Very good performance board especially with the A10 series CPUs.

Cons: None yet

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  • roger m.
  • 6/7/2015 1:04:34 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMobo+R9 280

Pros: I have had only one issue(con) since I have bought. You can see the quality as soon as you take it out. I have enough knowledge and experience to get just about any new build up and running but I always choose ease of access and minimal time on the software end. This board does that and it does it well. The software and MSI updating makes ease of use from novice to advanced. I felt safe using the options MSI provided within the software you get with it. (dont know if I can name anything but they are listed)

Cons: I don't understand why MSI tried to shove to much into a standard board. For those who would choose the path of 3 cards because you know not what a budget is, make sure you have a taller tower. The most I have ever gone was 2 and I don't know if i want to go that route with this board. I removed my video and wifi card to do some basic cleaning and noticed one of the capacitors leaned over (left of where my card sits/top tier PCI slot) I leaned it back over and it gave up. VERY BAD SPOT MSI. I thought it would be safe to assume that the card and mobo were from the same MSI line but sadly I was wrong

Other Thoughts: This is by no means a bad product, I have no problems and I dont plan on having three cards in my rig. if I did not have the cap problem then it would receive 5 stars (I would only give an expensive board sold on the cheap 5 stars)

HAF 932
7850K
32 GIG CORSAIR VENGANCE
MSI R9 280
MSI A88X G45

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com or contact our great support team at 626-271-1004 m-f 6am to 6pm pst. and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

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

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