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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)
  • Athlon/A- Series
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2133/1866
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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


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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 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.


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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 A88XM GAMING

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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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.

Recommendations:

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 | usreview@msi.com

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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 | usreview@msi.com

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  • Aaron L.
  • 8/9/2014 4:06:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis Boards rocks for APU's

Pros: This is a fantastic APU motherboard. I love all the features and options it has. The Killer200 build in network chip also is a great bonus, plus a creative sound chip. It's sold as a gaming motherboard and maybe it is considered that, but Most APU's won't play modern games at more then low effects nor will this with a A10 6800 only as I'm using. Highly recommend this board as the build quality and features are worth the cost.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: This motherboard with an add in card or two could be a great contender for a small gaming system, but my standards are higher in that area. I was able to play some games like tomb raider and others and they played well and looked good. but games like modern warefare3 and BF3 need a bit more pixel pushing power under high action play for just the APU alone

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  • Dylan K.
  • 8/7/2014 5:16:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMother Board

Pros: None

Cons: I have Bought 2 of these Motherboards and I have yet to get either of them to show any video, also have had multiple Tech guys look at it and none one can figure this out

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 | usreview@msi.com

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  • Kara B.
  • 8/2/2014 10:40:31 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDon't forget drivers with Kaveri

Pros: Looks awesome, Quality, extra features

Cons: A bit more expensive

Other Thoughts: This motherboard is a real treat. It has tons of little features that really make it worth the premium. I did make one mistake though I forgot to install AMD drivers and I got a few blue screen with my Kaveri... once the drivers were installed though I've had nothing but perfect operation from this motherboard. Highly recommended! My favorite motherboard I've ever had! Be sure to take a look at all the extra features and software it offers.

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  • MYRON W.
  • 7/28/2014 9:18:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMSI QUALITY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: This board fired right up and is typical of any MSI mobo I ever used. I am using a A10-7850 cpu, 16 gb 1866 ram, H60 cooler, r7 250 video card, 1000w psu. Fractal mini- tower, 1TB hybrid hdd, BD odd. System runs great . I like MSI products for their quality.

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: This is the 7th MSI board i have built and am to the point of only using MSI in the future.

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  • Joshua A.
  • 7/12/2014 7:36:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisplayPort Problems

Pros: After reading a good review of this motherboard on Silent PC Review, I decided to make it the cornerstone of my new computer build. I bought this board together with an AMD A10-7850 APU, 2x8GB of G.Skill DDR3-2400 RAM, a Samsung 840 Pro SSD, a Zalman GoldRock 550W Power Supply, and a Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 case to assemble it in.
The computer does run nice and quiet, even using the stock AMD CPU fan, and I haven’t got the case enclosed yet. The board’s included ATX backplate is foam padded itself, which is a little luxury I didn’t expect. The included SATA cables are nice, but seeing as how they attach to the side and not straight out make them difficult to connect in this case. No matter, once assembled, it would all work out.
Combined with a Samsung UD590 4K monitor, I expected this board would allow me to do some good work, and also run a couple of simulation games like Civilization V and Banished for years to come. However, I ran into DisplayPort problems.

Cons: I bought the board with the idea that I would run it with a Samsung UD590 4K monitor over DisplayPort at 60Hz. The monitor is capable of running side by side HDMI inputs to simulate 4K @ 60hz, but why compromise? I did get it to run 4K over HDMI @ 30Hz, which is what HDMI v1.4 tops out at. I was able to get it to display over DVI and DSub at 1280x1024, but that’s not what I’m going for here.
I have not been been able to get any display signal out from the DisplayPort on the motherboard either directly to the Samsung UD590, or using a DisplayPort to DVI adapter, or using a DisplayPort to DSub adapter. Windows 8 detects the monitor on the other side, but will not show anything.
At first I thought I had a bad Samsung UD590 monitor, but when I went to return it, I asked the store if they would connect it up to a computer over DisplayPort to confirm my suspicions. The monitor displayed 3840x2160 @ 60Hz just fine, no problems. With a working monitor, and two DisplayPort adapters that work on another computer with DisplayPort out, I RMA’d the motherboard with NewEgg.
I got the replacement board in, and am having the exact same problems. It leads me to start questioning myself, but at the same time, it shouldn’t be this difficult just to get a monitor to display something over DisplayPort when the monitors and adapters work just fine with other computers over DisplayPort.

Other Thoughts: If I got the DisplayPort problem resolved, I'd be willing to rate 5 out of 5.

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, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.

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

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/10/2014 4:39:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat!.... almost perfect

Pros: great board, runs great... only one design flaw

Cons: the USB 3 port sits too close to the usb 2.0 slot. the usb3 connector that came with my case is too big to fit in all the way because of this.

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  • James R.
  • 6/27/2014 2:29:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEverything you could ask for in a mATX form factor!

Pros: This board offers everything and the kitchen sink at an exceptionally attractive price point for the build quality and feature set. The target gaming audience is well served by Realtek's premium audio chipset in conjunction with MSI inclusions to improve the quality of output. The Killer NIC that is onboard is a big step up from the status-quo Realtek that is baked in to the majority of consumer-minded solutions.

The motherboard also has physical buttons and dip switches that provide the means for "set it and forget it" over clocking. I have opted not to use this, but played with the buttons and switches. The heatsink design for components on the board complements the system, and would encourage installation in a windowed case. All standard headers at the bottom of the case connected easily. Provisions exists for 2 case fans in addition to the CPU fan.

Adjusting the BIOS to read the XMP profile of the G.Skill DDR3-2133 memory was a pain-free endeavor and essentially optimized the stock configuration without having to manually adjust everything. Prior systems I've built in the past using MSI motherboards have been solid and reliable. They did a fantastic job on this motherboard and I'm expecting pain-free operation for years to come!

Cons: The only con I was able to find with this motherboard relates to the location of the 8-pin power connection. While flexibility to establish the connection will be dictated by the case and/or power supply being used, it would have been nice if MSI could have placed it on the side of the board. Very minor con.

Other Thoughts: I can't say enough good things about the product in general. It is, without a doubt, one of the cleaner motherboard layouts I've had the pleasure of building a system around. When paired with a case that contains provisions for cable management, you'll get a clean build with minimal planning due to the design choices. It may cost more than budget alternatives, but MSI did their homework on this one and the price premium for the upgraded components is well justified.

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