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MSI A88XI AC FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) 4 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD A88X (Bolton D4)
  • Athlon/A- Series
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2133/1866/

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AMD A88X Chipset

  • AMD Socket FM2+/FM2 A-Series/Athlon™ Processors
  • Supports DDR3 Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gbps
  • Military Class 4: Top Quality & Stability
  • Military Class Essentials: Total Protection for Military Class Motherboards
  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second(support 65W K-Series APU only)
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • 4K UHD Support: Ultra-high Definition Visual Experience
  • Three Display Outputs: HDMI/DVI/D-Sub Support
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • Command Center: Control & Customize Your PC Settings
  • Fast Boot: Quickly Boot Up & Enter OS in A Few Seconds
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
 A88X-G41 Military Class 4

MSI's new Military Class 4 components support you while you are questing, racing, battling and shooting your way to the top. MSI's Military Class 4 components deliver record-breaking stability when you need to keep cool in the heat of battle. The new standard in stability built on a proven technology of high quality components.

 A88X-G41  A88X-G41 OC Genie 4

OC Genie 4 supercharges your speed experience! When used, OC Genie 4 accelerates your entire system and puts it into overdrive! Tuned by the professional overclockers, OC Genie 4 hands you record-breaking performance on a silver plate.

 A88X-G41  A88X-G41 Click BIOS 4

The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only reacting faster and running smoother, it also has better mouse support. This is all comes with many cool features, such as Hardware Monitor, Board Explorer, and OC Profile Preview.

  • Optimizations for Latest Windows
  • Hardware Monitor
  • Board Explorer
  • OC Profile Preview

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


Board explorer gives you detailed info about on-board components on mouse-over. Quickly identify connected ports and devices.

OC Profile Preview


In the blink of an eye, you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the eight profiles you can have stored.

 A88X-G41 AMD Dual Graphics

  • The GPU's computing power can be enhanced through the collaborative computing of video cards and APU
  • Support AMD Radeon HD series graphics card
  • MSI completely exerts the AMD Dual Graphics technology to the best

 A88X-G41 Super Charger

Mobile consumer appliances are getting more and more attention in current day fast moving life style, with smart phones and tablets almost becoming a fashion accessory. However, many ordinary personal computers cannot charge some of these devices, making it difficult to stay connected. The MSI Super Charger is a Windows resident program capable of revising the power supply mode of your USB port to become more powerful. Once your phone or tablet is connected to your USB port, the Super Charger sends a signal to initiate its charging circuit, making it a really smart and convenient charging solution for mobile computing needs.

Note: Only front red USB ports support charger function after system off
 A88X-G41  A88X-G41 World's First PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand

With ultra-high 32GBps transfer bandwidth, PCI Express Gen 3 provides a 2X faster transfer rate than the previous generation, this delivers amazing capabilities for true next generation extreme gaming.

  • Double the bandwidth
  • Increased efficiency and compatibility
  • Extreme performance for current and next gen PCI Express cards

 A88X-G41 M-Flash

Compared to common motherboards which need extra BIOS chips, MSI's M-Flash has a double advantage which doesn't need extra components and secondly, all your BIOS data will be saved in the USB drive. The stored data does not only have backup and upgrade function, moreover, it can also be seen as a portable BIOS chip which is actually able to boot up your PC.

  • Backup/Restore Your BIOS to/from Any USB Flash Disk
  • Avoid Unnecessary Repair Due to Accident Failures During The Upgrading Process
  • Earn more BIOS Lifespan by Reducing Unnecessary Rewriting Process
 A88X-G41  A88X-G41 Live Update 5

MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving your time and lowering the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app from the MSI website.

  • Automatically Detect the BIOS / Driver / VGA / Utility Update
  • Support Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 - 32- & 64-bit

 A88X-G41 USB 3.0

Compared to the 480Mbps provided by traditional USB 2.0, the all-new USB 3.0's 5Gbps offers 10 times the transfer bandwidth, so transferring a Blu-ray movie takes less than one minute.

  • 10X Faster Than USB 2.0
  • Up to 5Gbps Data Transfer Bandwidth
  • Boost Transfer Rate Between Your PC and External Storage Devices
 A88X-G41 SATA 6Gbps

SATA 6Gbps provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3Gbps, and increases the data transfer rate between your motherboard and internal storage devices, such as 7200RPM HDDs, 10,000RPM HDDs and SSDs. It's also the current trend for upcoming high-speed internal storage devices to break the existing bottleneck of a PC's performance.

  • 2X Faster than SATA 3Gbps
  • Up to 6Gbps Data Transfer Bandwidth
  • Unleash True Performance of New HDDs/SSDs
 A88X-G41 Three Display Outputs

When combined with today's processors featuring advanced integrated graphics, MSI motherboards equipped with 3 video outputs support 4K monitors and triple display configurations for more efficiency and flexibility of the desktop layout or immersive display of movies and games.

 A88X-G41  A88X-G41 Fast Boot
No more waiting for entering OS! MSI Fast Boot helps to make motherboards boot lightning fast. MSI also adds the GO2BIOS button with-in. Simply click it to reset your PC and then go straight to the system BIOS.
 A88X-G41 Military Class Essentials
The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the worst conditions. The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system surviving each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI radiation. On top of that all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.
 A88X-G41  A88X-G41 Humidity Protection
The latest Gen 4 Fabric PCB guards against moisture caused by humid conditions and environments.
 A88X-G41  A88X-G41 ESD Protection
Anti-ESD ICs and fuses onboard totally protects your motherboard from electrostatic damage.
 A88X-G41  A88X-G41 EMI Protection
The optimized EMI-proof design keeps users safe during long computer sessions.
 A88X-G41  A88X-G41 High Temperature Protection
Certificated Military Class 4 components work stable under extreme conditions.
 A88X-G41 USB Safeguard

USB Safeguard can prevent motherboards and USB devices from being damaged by short-circuit and ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) with Anti-ESD chips built-into the motherboards. Additionally, the safeguard can protect against such dangers multiple times, greatly improving product lifespan.


  • All MSI motherboards use USB Safeguard's anti-ESD chip for thorough protection against ESD damage
  • USB Safeguard is protected against a short circuit and/or ESD without the need for a fuse. It also supports stand-by power supply
 A88X-G41 Winki 3

Winki 3 is a free Linux-based OS which is based on the Linux core. With an ultra-fast booting speed and a multi-language interface, the built-in Winki 3 provides an easy-to-use Internet environment that includes the most popular functions such as Internet surfing, web mail, instant messaging, picture browsing, and more. It's the most practical way to be online in the shortest time.


  • User friendly & totally free applications
  • Power on to run applications in 25 seconds
  • Multi-language interface support
 A88X-G41 Cool 'n' Quiet

AMD Cool'n'Quiet™ Technology reduces heat and noise so you can experience amazing performance without distraction. Combined with core enhancements, included in the AMD processors, that can improve overall power savings, deliver better multitasking and energy efficiency. Cool'n'Quiet technology can automatically adjust processor ratio to throttle CPU speed with four modes.


  • Independent Dynamic Core Technology
  • Dual Dynamic Power Management™
  • AMD CoolCore™ Technology
  • AMD Wideband Frequency Control
  • Multi-Point Thermal Control

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • joann m.
  • 3/19/2015 3:47:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice, but wish it costs less

Pros: One of only a few boards with USB 3.0, sata 6 GB, A88x in mini ITX.
Easy to OC the ram, cpu and graphics part of the APU.
Good Looking, smart layout, wifi/ac.
All drivers worked on Ubuntu, Steam OS including the wifi/BT.
No BSD's, auto resets the bios settings if the OC does not boot.

Cons: The APU is hard to get a temp reading on. Not sure if its this board or all boards with the APUs.
Limited fan control on BIOS.
Live update software is terrible, don't use it.
Price. All the boards are in this price range for good mini's, I just think its too much.

Other Thoughts: I really like the MSI boards. They tend to have the most features for the price in any category. So far I have not had any issues. I hope that I will be well supported if I get a DOA

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  • Andy B.
  • 3/19/2015 12:10:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFair, it has a full set of features

Pros: Its a nice MID-LEVEL board, better than a 7 series chipset, about as good as an 8 series or "close". If you need integrated video or a tiny board its a good call. Supports most of the features the MSI 8/9 boards do. OC'd like a big dog in about 5 clicks. Has surround view-crossfire-eyefinity-dual video or what ever it is they are calling it this week. I cant comment on that though as i didnt use it.

New CTRL + R, nice job in there guys. New to me anyway this is the first board in this line up i used

Cons: Kinda limited by the chipset and CPU. I wish it came in AM3/+ seeing as they are still releasing those CPU's. NO bios reset switch on the back of the board,

Could of bought a 970 & 8320 for the same price, but i had to have an itx for the kids portable gamer.

Other Thoughts: I went with K7850, 8- 2x4 KHX 1866, R9-270X, 650w50amp. It OC'd to 4.2 and 2285memory, i wouldn't run it very long like that would probably become unstable due to the limitations of the memory. Yea it could of been adjusted correctly but i kinda like to keep my computers around a while and it wouldn't of lasted long like that..

IF you OC alot, hook the RE-SET switch from your case to the BIOS jumper. Its a ton easier than having to open that case to short those pins and reset the bios.

So far all the software that came with it works, if your going tp use an AMD video card load those drivers first before any of the AMD board drivers or updates.

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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  • Garrett B.
  • 3/11/2015 6:24:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

Pros: Built in Wireless AC
Great bios GUI
Fairly intelligent layout
Awesome board for HTPC builds

Cons: Single HDMI out.

Other Thoughts: Im very happy with this mobo. Best bios GUI i have experienced yet. Wireless is screaming right along at a steady 866Mbps.

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  • Randolph B.
  • 3/9/2015 9:56:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest mini itx fm2+ board around

Pros: - Great overclocking settings (If you have a cpu that runs 65w or lower. Otherwise don't bother overclocking.
- Amazing safeguard settings. (Tells the computer to shut off if something gets a lil too hot to handle.)
- The bios interface is just pretty to look at and easy to work with.

Cons: - Sadly it didn't install itself =( I told it to made me touch things.

Other Thoughts: Fits in pretty much whatever mini itx case. Tiny tiny lil thing so ya gotta have patience.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/1/2015 11:31:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAll I Expected

Pros: - Works well and as expected (I do my research)
- Loaded with features
- Great BIOS interface
- XMP/AMP works
- AC WIFI is rock solid

Cons: - No option to set NumLock on at boot - seriously Win8.1 is NumLock dysfunctional and it is not in bios for an over ride.
- No OC Genie for latest APUs - disappointing
- Would like to see more settings for wake from different power states
- Other boards have faster "fast boot" times however one of those others is what I replaced with this board due to reliability

Other Thoughts: Not related to the board exactly but Win8.1, Samsung Magic, and this board on Rapid boot don't do restart together - hangs up on reboot with blank screen. Knowing that, I use shutdown and then push the power button - not a big deal but wanted to make others aware.

Past that, love the board. It replaces a poorly built competitor board. I don't game but this board loaded to the max with ram and a ssd drive handle every other video/photo editing task I throw at it just fine.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/23/2014 4:26:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWonderful Board

Pros: this is a great motherboard worked excellent from day 1 installation with no issues updating anything on it

Cons: the only issue with this board is the OC genie I highly recommend that you don't even touch it our it will completely mess all the settings up in the bios and when you turn it on it will stay at a black screen so you have to completely reset the motherboard

Other Thoughts: overall a great motherboard from MSI minus the overclock genie which hopefully they will fix in a bios update somewhere down the line

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  • Alyssa C.
  • 11/30/2014 1:47:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMsi a88xi ac

Pros: Low temps on mobo never higher than 43c in a bitfenix prodigy case.
Love the color all black goes well with the rest of may AMD build. No crashes. Enough to support 3 hard drives, one blu-ray drive, a10 7850k, and a r9 280x.

Cons: Doe not offer as many power phases for overclocking like others have. Although I was still able to overclock my CPU portion to 4.7ghz with my corsair 240mm AIO.

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  • Louis R.
  • 10/20/2014 7:19:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMSI A88XI AC FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4)

Pros: Quality of Contruction

Cons: I have the ASRock Mini ITX Motherboard FM2A88X-ITX+ with the AMD A10-7850K Kaveri and R7 240 video card working in dual graphic mode and i was looking for something new in the market, that was my mistake, i bought the MSI A88XI AC FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) and after mannys hours of troubles and problems y instaled back the ASrock. the computer with MSI was Freezing Randomly, sometimes sudden Death, i did everithing posible to don't loose my money, i updated the bios, all drivers, Finally i put back the ASrock and everithing Sweet , Don't Buy if you don't want headaches, lost $99.99

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.
Please note MSI honor 3 years warranty on our motheboard/VGA, if there is any issue we would be more than happy to assist you to services.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Alexander S.
  • 10/7/2014 3:43:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome.

Pros: This motherboard has exceeded my expectations.
-Supports Kaveri out of box (Using a 7850k)
-USB 3.0
-Small form factor (And very fast for it's size)
-Supports 2133 ram

Cons: Isn't much of a con, but for me, the drivers were a little complicated to install... Folder in folders in folders of drivers and .sys information...

Other Thoughts: Overall, if you plan on using this motherboard for small-modearate overclocks and gaming, this is your board. The small size and lightning speed blend together perfectly, and I love it so far.

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  • ALEX G.
  • 8/5/2014 12:30:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood board

Pros: This board was a nice upgrade from my previous Mini-ITX for my Athlon 760k. I have found it incredibly easy to overclock and I am totally satisfied with this board. Hesitant at first, because I have never owned an MSI board before, but this thing is a great success. Quality part.

Cons: All the software suites these things come with are very hit or (in most cases) miss.

Other Thoughts: They should make a cheaper version with no built-in WiFi module. In fact... Not enough vareity of good Mini-ITX boards out there period. I had the choice between this and an ASRock one, and maybe a couple others I don't remember.
Tangent: I went with the ASRock first. Nothing wrong with it, took a little extra to set up and then figure out, and then when I broke the PCI-E slot trying to replace the GPU (complete user idiocy on my end, the old board is still good if I want to use an APU) I decided to try this one out. A bit of a gamble at that point, but I'm really satisfied with the outcome.

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