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MSI A88XM GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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MSI A88XM GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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 Caps

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 A88XM GAMING

Quick Info


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

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  • Gilbert B.
  • 11/18/2014 9:06:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsfollow up...

Pros: .......

Cons: after a response from MSI to check everything, which i did, i took off everything and started from scratch. BIOS not showing after pressing the OC Genie button still happens. when it shows it will work. sometimes just a simple BIOS change on the north bridge settings from AUTO to DUAL GRAPHICS, no BIOS would show i even changed my monitor cable from PCI to motherboard just to check. i have to reset BIOS everytime.

Other Thoughts: if your going for SLI or Crossfire, forget about using the USB 3. if your case has a thick cable for the USB 3, it won't work as the graphics card is very close to the USB 3 connection, you can't install a graphics card with a USB 3 cable underneath. you can use the USB 2 connection only.

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  • Gilbert B.
  • 11/7/2014 10:39:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME??

Pros: my first motherboard ASRock FM2A88M Extreme4+ was making problems, everytime i make make OC settings(not manual but automatic recommended by A-Tuning) my computer won't even boot to BIOS. i returned it for this motherboard. first time use was awesome. no OC settings yet and frame rates was spectacular playing titanfall. ASROCK was bottlenecking my rig. however....

Cons: .....when i replaced my case, things went sideways. first i was getting 99 error on the screen and no BIOS showing. i checked and rechecked my connections and reset my BIOS. then A2 showed on my screen, NO BIOS STILL. i contacted MSI thru their website, got a ticket TS103114027070. NO RESPONSE. i dismantled everything again and everything went fine again. NOW, ONCE IN A WHILE WHEN I PRESS THE OC GENIE, BIOS WON'T SHOW. i just have to wait, unplug my power try here and there. THIS IS MY FINAL ATTEMPT TO TRY REBOOT AND THEN WILL RMA.

Other Thoughts: i also have a MSI Motherboard, Z87 MPOWER SP and i love it. i also bought an MSI R7 260. why are they doing this to me?

MSI A88XM Gaming
GSkill Ripjaw 8gb, PNY 8gb
Raidmax 650W
MSI R7 260 (crossfire disabled due to framrate issue)

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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  • Justin C.
  • 11/2/2014 8:08:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Good Mobo

Pros: This mobo has plenty of features for a small AMD setup. There is good sound 3 fan headers 2 on board and 1 cpu. good amount of usb 3 headers for a MATX setup. Great VRM cooling.

Cons: The bios version is 1.0 so you will need a 6000 series or 7000 series APU to update bios if you want to use an 860k Athlon

Other Thoughts: The 860k CPU and any other CPU can have the multiplier changed, but you have to use the + or - sign to do it, not the mouse. I see reviewers complaining that they can't make changes. Anyone reading the review should complain about the competency and knowledge of the people writing reviews. You might have sounds issues, but I found that this was due to conflicts between Realtek, AMD, and SoundBlaster drivers. it's simple, pick one software driver for your system and don't install the others. I have Corsair 1866 Mhz Vengeance ram. It is CL9, but 2T command rate. This board set it to 1T command rate when I enabled XMP, and it runs at that rate with no errors. I consider that a plus. Don't listen to all those bad reviews. This board is quite capable. The people having all those issues are the ones who are not capable. I'm sure there are better boards out there, but I have been running tests and benchmarks 24/7 since I have had this board. No problems so far. Just the standard software issues that always come from 2 or 3 separate programs that are trying to step on each other to perform the same task. like 3 sound drivers on one board.

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  • Phil B.
  • 10/13/2014 5:55:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Board, Terrible Overclock Features

Pros: -it has heatsinks on practically everything
-Good control over voltages and RAM speeds
-Built in auto overclock which is sufficent for everyday use and stable, though slightly over volted
-Precise control over case and cpu fans
-mATX form factor

Cons: -Cant manually change cpu multiplier in bios on an Athlon 860k
-MSI Command Center allows multipliers to be changed, but when rebooting after change the board resets back to default settings unless at stock or auto-overclock multipliers.

Other Thoughts: For stock or mild overclock with preset values, this board is nice. But if you want to do anything more look elsewhere. Granted, this could be an issue with the chip. But, theres no reason for it.

The Athlon 860k is supported with bios version 1.1. It comes with version 1.0. So you have to have an older supported chip on hand, flash the bios, then put in the 860k.

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  • Ralph B.
  • 10/10/2014 8:22:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Micro ATX APU board

Pros: Only KV APU that has a display port...Works great with ASUS monitors..

Cons: XMP memory profiles don't work. You need AMP

Other Thoughts: I am running HDMI 2500X1600

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  • Rudy J.
  • 10/10/2014 8:08:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsAlmost perfect board

Pros: This board so far runs great and fast with an A10 7850 APU and SSD, 8GB Mem. Boots extremely fast. If it wasn't for the same Display port issue I am having as Joshua back in July, this MOBO would be a perfect 5 Egg

Cons: I can't seem to get any video signal out of my display port.
I've tried all different scenarios but still no signal.
If I were MSI I would concentrate on this issue for this board because display port is becoming the savior for many people's video and audio issues.

Other Thoughts: If this display port issue is not permanent, I would definitely upgrade my other PC to this board.

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  • Lina G.
  • 9/28/2014 6:48:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWasted money and time

Pros: I have nothing positive to say about this board. Nice color didn't make it perform as it was advertised. 32 GB Memory a fast processor and nothing.

Cons: My 8086 performed better than this thing. I've wasted time a money. On both board and processor. Will drop AMD for good. This is a gaming board which should perform good even when you're not gaming. Well this is not the case, I don't do games.

Other Thoughts: .

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you reported since many reasons can cause the situation like this, please do not hesitate to contact us directly by email at or by phone at 626.271.1004 M-F, 6AM to 6PM PST. We will be more than happy to assist you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Walter H.
  • 8/24/2014 8:43:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAlmost an Excellent A88X Board...

Pros: - Pretty much every feature that you would want on a A88X Kaveri ready motherboard.
- Full size ATX features on a Micro ATX board.
- Excellent Build Quality, and Color Scheme
- Great Bios interface
- Very Good overclocking ability and tools
- Heatsinks on mosfets, most APU boards dont have these, allowing for good overclocking.
- Price vs Quality, probably best A88X motherboard you can buy.

Cons: HDMI issues.

I have spent all weekend trying to diagnose HDMI audio stutters. I do not use the APU IGP, I have an MSI R9 270x that I use via HDMI connected to a surround receiver. The PCM audio is just flat out flakey over HDMI, i get skipping and PCM stream dropouts like crazy.

I have done the following:
- Upgraded/Downgraded/Adjusted everything related to AMD catalyst drivers. Not sure that it's a driver issue at this point.
- Adjusted every bios setting possible. HPET, disable on board sound (Realtek), disabled power saving features, disabled IGP. Still get HDMI audio skipping.
- Swapped video cards for another known working AMD video card, still get audio skipping/dropouts.
- Tried different HDMI cable.
- Tried different ports on the surround receiver.
- Tried stock clock speed, everything auto, no change.

Just for FYI, I came from an Asrock A88X mini itx board, great little board but is unstable when overclocking. Sound over HDMI and via onboard Realtek worked just fine (same video card).

Would rather not use onboard Realtek optical out, because you only get 2 channel PCM, no option for 5.1 over optical.


PLEASE MSI PUT OUT A BIOS UPDATE. The last bios Update was on 03-19-2014. That is over 5 months ago (Version 1.1). Totally inexcusable.

The bios looks great and has great overclocking features, but the options for all your other standard features such as adjusting PCI-E options and onboard peripherals are just straight up paltry and sad.
I have read that HDMI issues might be due to running in PCI-E 3.0 mode, which offers somewhat negligible benefits for mid range cards. But there is no bios setting to adjust PCI-E Gen (1.1, 2.0, 3.0).

Can't adjust voltage to PCI-E slots. Can't do much in the bios other than overclocking and adjust boot settings. Bioses were originally designed to allow complete customization of computer operations, not to look pretty.

Other Thoughts: I want to love this board, I really do. It's the best Micro ATX A88X option out there right now. But tech issues and lack of support just make it a mediocre board currently. If we could get some support on the MSI forums or via bios updates that would easily make this a 5 egg board.

I don't know if it's just a bad board or not, but I would rather not have to RMA it to replace it with another board just to wind up with the same issue.

This motherboard is basically your supermodel girlfriend that has personality issues. You want to love it and yet you want to toss it out the window at the same time.

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  • Jon F.
  • 8/23/2014 10:33:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing, very frustrating

Pros: The only mATX AMD motherboard I could find with Display Port

Cons: MSI was always a trusted brand with me but this motherboard was nothing but trouble from the get go. I had multiple BSOD's, extremely slow software installations, spontaneous reboots and no sound function at all...just to name a few. I finally ordered an ASUS A88X-PRO and RMA'd the MSI board. I was braced for trouble in case I had missed something with the MSI board but the difference was day and night. The ASUS board installed like a dream with no problems whatsoever. I've had MSI mb's in the past and I thought they were just fine. I hope my experience was just a anomaly and not an indication of bigger problems with MSI.

Other Thoughts: I googled the problem with sound and it turns out this board has a reputation for this issue. I could never get it to make sound with its resident on board sound system.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product. Next time 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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  • John F.
  • 8/18/2014 3:24:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisplayPort = FAKE

Pros: All four slots are PCIe -- no wasted legacy PCI slots.

Cons: DisplayPort is useless. While I can get it to work with my LG Ultrawide monitor with certified DP cable, it ceases to operate once the screen "goes to sleep" and does not wake up.
This problem does not happen with the HDMI output which wakes the same display up properly.
I have had multiple calls into MSI tech support and no one there was able to assist me. They all say that DP on the motherboard is this way by design -- which is completely stupid because then why have a DP!?!??!!?? What computer built in in the last 15 years doesn't put the monitor to sleep??
Also, this does not appear to be an issue with other MSI boards which have DP outputs and is unique to the A88XM Gaming.

Other Thoughts: I swapped out a perfectly good Asus A88XM Plus motherboard for the MSI Gaming board so that I could benefit from the DisplayPort and all I did was get a headache and awful technical support.

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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