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

  • AMD A88X (Bolton D4)
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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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  • Russell S.
  • 1/20/2015 1:42:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice board

Pros: This is a high quality board with a decent set of features, and a user friendly BIOS. One touch overclocking is helpful for those who aren't interested in spending hours of valuable time tweaking and testing. Plug & Play with A10-7850K CPU. Support for 2400Mhz DDR3 which is recommended for the best performance from Kaveri APU's integrated R7 graphics.

Cons: The Killer Network software provided caused an issue with CPU utilization. I had to spend time troubleshooting and ultimately had to remove the software to resolve the problem. The BIOS and all of the included drivers and software required updating.

Other Thoughts: I equipped this motherboard with an AMD A10 7850K, and AMD R9 Gamer Series, DDR3 2400Mhz (2x4GB) RAM, running Windows 8.1 Pro.
Save a little time and just install the update software from the CD, then let it find the latest versions of drivers and software for you.

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  • Kibor K.
  • 1/19/2015 12:35:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointing

Pros: Not many.

Cons: Very poor layout in BIOS, wasn't even able to adjust RAM timings from there, only allowed me to "enable the XMP Profile". This Motherboard looks nice but beyond that it has been nothing but disaster for past year of ownership. Bsods out of the box, I initially thought it was the proccesor but the motherboard is definitely to blame. Have replaced and tested every other item in the computer, power supply included.

Other Thoughts: Will RMA this board but after seeing others reviews I wonder if that's a waste of time. I hope I don't have to buy a new board all together but with things going as is I won't have a choice.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, 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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  • lee b.
  • 1/11/2015 6:40:03 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI A88XM

Pros: On board power & reset buttons. Good layout of components, adequate documentation. I like the Bios display, and the Apps that are on the included CD.

Cons: The board did not recognize the X4 860K processor – no video.
MSI’s website lists the Kaveri CPU as supported, they just don’t tell you what Rev Bios is needed. You needed to flash the bios to the current rev 1.4
The board was shipped from Newegg the first week of Jan 2014. The bios needed is dated 12-15-2014

Other Thoughts: At the end I really like this board & CPU. I went with CPU and discrete video card this build. I used the stock heatsink and MSI commander reports the CPU temp as hi 80’s – low 90’s deg F temp. for my normal activities.

My last build I used A10-5800 but because of all the comments about inadequate heat sinks I put a Large coolermaster heat sink in. That worked, but took up half the case. By going with the X4-860 I believe I am splitting up the heat production. Microsoft Experience now shows this computer rating 7.4 on all components – except the Samsung 840 SSD is lower.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/10/2015 4:43:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWhat a Motherboard

Pros: I like this motherboard plenty despite its minor flaws. Great stability on a high OC and voltage. Has an amazing onboard amp with nice welcoming software. Nothing extraordinarily awesome that sets it apart from other boards. It's just great.

Cons: The killer nic died on me upon install of windows 8.1 pro 64bit but this was easily fixed by buying a cheap tp link pcie Ethernet adapter. Also the audio software for however advanced the audio tech was on the motherboard the software was just painfully simplistic. This also coincides with all of the other pieces of software.

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  • Ricky P.
  • 1/10/2015 12:08:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEASY

Pros: If you have never overclocked anything ever this board is overclocking on easy mode.

Lots of features with this board.

It wasn't DOA.

Cons: When the board ships it is missing just about every driver! The driver for the network adapter for starers should be downloaded from the support page to a DISK...Don't try to boot from a USB... make sure you have a DISK for your operating system or it may not read. Warning the USB 3.0 drivers werent loaded either.... Weird so many drivers are missing.

Other Thoughts: Its worth the price with Use a promo code maybe a small gift card and rebate you have a GREAT BOARD for a SUPER price.

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  • Sarah M.
  • 1/8/2015 5:38:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love MSI

Pros: Sharp looking. Easy install. OC genie is nice but didn't use it except to play with it. Bios are easy to use. Command Center in the windows is awesome to Over clock your processor.

Cons: IF you use dual video cards the USB 3.0 will be in the way.

Other Thoughts: This is a great board. I am glad I settled on it. Highly recommended.

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  • Jeffrey M.
  • 12/31/2014 10:17:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuch a seksy mobo

Pros: So many ports! I want to fill them all (but I can't cuz case hides four SATA ports :-( )

Easy to read manual; well documented. If this was translated from another language, I can't tell.

Easy to set up for a noob or fully customizable for experts.

Cons: No SLI support (not that I intend to get 2 GPUs just be warned if you do)

No legacy PCI slot. But not surprising given the form factor.

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  • Garrison B.
  • 12/18/2014 6:00:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood budget motherboard

Pros: It overclocked my 860k to 4.5ghz at 1.48V.
It's great value.

Cons: Nothing significant, I had to overvolt the northbridge for 2400mhz ram to be stable. It wasn't a big deal, just a little trail and error. Most people wouldn't even need to deal with this.

Other Thoughts: At first I thought this had 6+2 phase power but it's 4+2 phase power. You can tell by looking at the back of the motherboard in the stock pictures. It still overclocked well though.

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  • Jospeh H.
  • 12/18/2014 2:34:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeauti-Full-Featured Motherboard

Pros: I cant say enough good things about this motherboard.
Drop in Compatibility with A10-7850K.
Amazing audio and video quality.Able to play 4K Video playback without stuttering and the sound is next to none. Watching A 4K movie is like being in the movie it is that awesome.Specially when connected to a Bose surround sound system.MSI has super speedy USB3 and Sata 6 transfer speeds and is boosted with there custom booster hardware and software technology.

Cons: Wont grant my three free wishes??

Other Thoughts: This has got to be thee sexiest Motherboard I have ever seen.
Has everything anyone could ever want as far as motherboards go.The Color scheme is top notch and makes me think of the devil himself driving the worlds fastest sport car.Dont know if I should try to drive it or make a sacrifice to it .
I really like the heatsink and board coloring very nice looking when all powered on and lit up like a work of art.

MSI A88XM Gaming
G.Skill DDR3 2400 2 x 8GB
LiteOn 52x DVDR-DL/Blu-Ray
SanDisk 128GB SSD

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  • Joe G.
  • 12/16/2014 1:09:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell built board

Pros: Worked perfectly. No problems at all!

Cons: None

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