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MSI A88XM GAMING FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI 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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  • Bronsen R.
  • 5/13/2015 5:10:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsA88xm Gaming Motherboard

Pros: The Bios for this motherboard is amazing. It has an incredibly user friendly interface.

Cons: I went with this, AMD FM2/FM2+, motherboard specifically because of the "military class 4 components". After comparing other boards in the same price range, the military class 4 components were the deal breaker that swayed me to pick the MSI A88xm Gaming. However, upon receiving the motherboard I was very disappointed when I opened the box (which was curiously not sealed), to find that one of the clips on the second ram slot was broken. The plastic clip had been snapped off, and suspiciously placed back on the motherboard. Furthermore, while building the computer I removed and reinserted the CMOS battery. I did this very gently, as I would with any given computer component. When the CMOS battery snapped back into place, a capacitor next to the CMOS snapped off the board. I didn't even touch the capacitor, it just basically fell off on it's own. It's ironic because MSI is advertising the military class 4 components, or more specifically, their Hi-C capacitor's.
The computer I was building was for someone else, I had little time to complete the build, and certainly not enough time to prove to MSI that it was their poor manufacturing that caused the damage to the motherboard. I couldn't in good conscious put this motherboard in the build with an already broken Ram slot, and now a missing capacitor, so I threw the motherboard in the trash and used a different motherboard. I feel very ripped off to say the least.

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  • Louis T.
  • 5/8/2015 5:46:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI comes through again!

Pros: The OC Genie works nicely as does the ramdisk which can be configured through the control center software. VRM heatsink(s) are large but not enough to get in the way of anything. Built a machine from this board to replace my old MSI GT-60 and it does not disappoint.

Cons: None yet...

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  • 5/6/2015 7:23:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJUST LAME

Pros: I bought this because it had 2 pcie 3.0 slots and a space between for dual vid cards to breath. Put it in a cube case that has 5 expansion slots so that I could upgrade to dual R9 290x cards. USB 3.0 header. Support for 2400+ MHz RAM. Newegg Fast low cost shipping.

Cons: USB 3.0 header supidly placed where it is unusable if you put a pair of double slot vid cards on it. Stopped working after 16 days of use exactly 3 days past Newegg's RMA window. Had no choice but to RMA to MSI see other thoughts.

Other Thoughts: . I placed an X4 860K Athlon on it as I had no desire to over pay for gpu's I could not / would not use. Mobo sat in it's box for a little over 2 weeks while I waited for a vid card that was over budget at the time I ordered this and a case I iked better for it. I put system together it ran for 16 days and then went dark. The fans spooled up fine, no display. I Tested my vid card first in secondary system it was fine and I swapped all components on the board out with known good ones even placed a spare APU on it, nothing but fans running. So.... at this time I'm 3 days past being able to rma to NewEgg. I contact MSI they give me an RMA I pay 25 bucks to send it to them they send me a refurb back. The whole RMA process takes about 16 days. Excited to be able to put my new gaming rig back together I open the box to find that in place of my pristine new mobo I now have a dusty dirty and scuffed up one with what looks like bits of thermal compound in the socket holes. Of course I call MSI and after an hr and a half get a person to talk to who seems eager to help. For the purpose of documentation I route all communication from here out through email. At this point I believe MSI has the moral and ethical obligation to provide me with a brand new mobo and I explain this politely along with sending pics of the damaged unacceptable mobo. Reply comes back my statement about the new mobo ignored and they keep talking refurb back and forth 2 more times finally my new mobo expectation gets addressed with *gasp!* an excuse that they don't have any new ones they can send. *add sarcasm*I must be stupid at this point because surely I've never heard of a thing known as "DROP SHIPPING". I politely again explain that I know better than that and that if the assisting tech is unable to make this right he needs to pass this along to his boss or even his boss's boss as in to someone with the authority and willingness to make this right and that my new system has been down now for longer than it had ran, 4 weeks down vs. 16 days running. I get another reply that he has looked again and has no new mobo to send me. I have since dropped about 750 bucks on an intel board not made by MSI and the i7 devil's canyon 4.0ghz cpu to go on it with 32 gig of ram. At this point my closing thoughts are simply EffEmmEssEye, They might have nice stuff when it runs but their support and service earns them a place in the corporate garbage dump as far as I’m concerned. This was my first and last MSI product. I built my first comp in 1998 and have built 30 to 40 systems since and never had this sort of issue with a manufacturer.

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  • James C.
  • 4/26/2015 1:05:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this board

Pros: it works as expected, like the red/black theme. Very nice BIOS options. OC Genie

Cons: SATA ports are laying on their sides instead of facing up, which made half of them unusable in the case I bought ( DIYPC Solo-T1-R Black ).

Other Thoughts: This board started right up with no issues.

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  • Allan B.
  • 4/23/2015 7:44:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsEasy installation, good options

Pros: * Well-reviewed in tech press
* Good English language documentation
* Decent component layout
* Interesting BIOS, a bit flashy
* Dual UEFI/Normal BIOS choices
* Physical reset, boot, optimize buttons on board, lit and easy to see.
* AMD processors easy to install. Just pop in, no pressing.
* Lots of indicators, controls and detectors for fan speeds, voltages and temperatures, just about everything. This is not a BIOS short on information.
* One step overclocking.

Cons: * Memory modules go in hard. Took quite bit of pressure to install..
* UEFI BIOS doesn't have explicit unprotect option
* Be careful correctly aligning gold triangle on CPU with socket. Motherboard doesn't have clear indication or mark to orient CPU correctly. *REFER TO DOCUMENTATION FOR THIS*
* Put in DDR3-2400 memory, but it only underclocks it in default setting as DDR3-1600. This can be adjusted.
* SATA edge mount connectors are just awkward.

Other Thoughts: The manual is an important thing with this motherboard, and it's reasonably clear and well-written. You'll find critical information in there. A must-read carefully thing. This is a fairly high-quality item, so you can expect a better experience than you may have had in the past with DIY builds. However, it's not necessary to press the CPU into the socket. Just orient correctly, drop in and close the latch. Easiest install I've had. But read the manual, important!

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  • Sheridan T.
  • 4/19/2015 6:39:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAfter Months of use and Much Testing

Pros: Excellent!
After many months of use and testing with Win7-64, Win8.1 x64 and 3 flavors of Win10 Preview, not to mention Mint Linux 17.1 KDE x64, I have to say that this is one amazingly well designed computing foundation!

I have now done approx. 20 systems from professional workstations to lite Gaming rigs, even one Workgroup server using the A88XM Gaming mobo. It worked shocking well even as a lite File Server due in part to the speedy “Killer” networking controller…

As a professional workstation platform with A10-7700, 16GB G.Skill DDR2400 (running at 2133), Samsung 850 Pro SSD or AMD SSD, the A88XM Gaming has showed itself as the best low cost, highend, workstation platform I’ve ever had the pleasure of building…

Cons: I can’t really speak to the Display Port issue some have mentioned since we only support certain Video Controllers for clients with Display Port equipped diaplays…

However, I am quite shocked to see so many people with High Tech expertise having issues, some of these are clearly not following Anti-Static protocols, doing proper Bios firmware updates BEFORE anything else and insuring proper driver installations immediately following From Scratch Installations… These are All Super Important! Having said this I am also sure that some of these were indeed as they appear and stated…

Other Thoughts: Final Note:
You get what you pay for! So don’t get junky memory, thermal paste or cheap CPU coolers. I recommend:
>G.Skill Trident DDR3 2400 (16GBs, 8GBs if you have to). >Arctic Silver Thermal paste is worth it’s price times 10!
>240GB AMD SSD in your build
(, with the right drivers, it’s awesome and even looks great with the A88XM Gaming MoBo!
>The Samsung 850 Pro is slightly faster (WITH the right drivers! + 10 yr. Warranty!

Do your build justice and it will succeed handsomely!

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/18/2015 8:45:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't purchase with a Athlon 860k

Pros: Motherboard looks solid and has many features, but don't buy the bundle they are offering with the 860k CPU unless you have an older CPU in order to flash the bios to make it work. I didn't bother to research this before o bought the bundle now I'm without a computer till I get this resolved.

Cons: Shipped with old bios, won't work with 860k CPU sold together with this MB as a bundle.

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
  • 4/11/2015 7:07:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Amazing, I have had this installed in my computer for over a month and haven't had any problems with it. My computer runs much smoother with it and the cinema booster is definitely a great perk for gaming and music. As far as looks go, it looks amazing.

Cons: Couldn't find anym

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  • kerry w.
  • 4/8/2015 9:50:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good options for OC, Bought as it was to suppose to work with Athlon X4 860K

Cons: Arrived with both PCI-E slots and LAN port not working
Arrived with old BIOS ver 1.0, Athlon X4 860K CPU would not POST till BIOS was upgraded to Ver 1.4

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  • Russell J.
  • 4/2/2015 5:18:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsshipped with first bios version...

Pros: It is a very good mobo once I got it to function. I have the 970 version and the z97 version and enjoy them both. I usually get MSI mobos for durability and reliability reasons, but go with Gigabyte mobos when I want bells and whistles. This mobo (on the other chipsets) did both, and still does for the A88X chipset, but fought me thru the install process...

good bios, good cooling ability, very good built in sound, precise voltage control are all reasons why I like this Mobo...

Cons: was shipped with bios version 1.0. not really MSI's fault but I had to use my older A6 to get it to post to allow me to update the bios so i could put my 860k in. the manual (both on paper and thru the website) tells me to install the RAM on DIMM 4 and 2 for two sticks. however, it would not post that way and I needed to put RAM in DIMM 1 and 3. the print on the Mobo for what DIMM is which is incorrect from what bios says (and that is kinda common with other MSI boards i have owned). I have noticed that almost all my MSI mobo don't give me any "beep" codes, but i never needed that info until i messed with this board. i had to go thru the parts bucket to figure why it would post, only to find it was the issue of where the RAM was installed (DIMM 4 was ok with one stick, DIMM 3/2/1 wouldn't post with one stick. DIMM 1 and 3 was the only way it would post with 2 sticks). if the manual told me DIMM 1 and 3, and or i had the beeps to guide me, a 30 minute build wouldn't take 3 hours of swapping stuff around...

Other Thoughts: it works, and it does work well....have it paired with the 860k and a 750Ti and 8 gigs of Gskill RAM. blows my FX8350 (with the same GPU in a 990FX mobo) out of the water when it comes to games, general use and boot up time. this mobo overclocks very well and keeps stable more than any other MSI or Gigabyte Mobo i have ever used.....just put the RAM in DIMM 1 and 3 first...

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