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MSI A88XI AC FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 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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  • 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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  • Michael C.
  • 5/19/2014 2:05:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Good features for Mini-ITX mobo.Including built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Cons: Quality of construction leaves me baffled.

Other Thoughts: I have been a MSi fan since building my very first computer.I have always included them in my builds as I think(or thought)very highly of their products.
Today finishing up a build with this mobo I found a troubling issue.When I went to plug in the USB 3.0 header I had issues.Seems as if a pin snapped off,as well as one of the header plastic walls broke off as well.A small piece of plastic is now lodged under my SB heat sink and worries me about long term viability.I had read that their was problems with other MSI boards concerning USB header pins bending and breaking.Now my new comp is having to use a USB2 adapter so I can use the front connections at all.Deeply disappointed in what seems to be lessening quality guidelines practiced by MSi.

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.
If you have gone through troubleshooting and confirmed the symptom, then please kindly visit the URL below to set up a RMA for warranty service.

Required Information:
1. Full name (first, and last)
2. Telephone #
3. Physical address (No PO box)
4. Email address
5. Serial number (located on the box, or underneath the motherboard, eg 601-xxxx-xxxBxxxxxxxxxx)
6. Please write clear details about symptoms you are having onto the Special Remark section.

Once your information and warranty are verified by the system then you will get a RMA# immediately.
You will receive a RMA email which indicates the turn-around time as well as ship-to address.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product or special requests, received the unit back from RMA but are still having issues, please do not hesitate to call us or email us directly and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.
Tech Support Line: 626-271-1004 (M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time)
Tech Support Email:

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Erik B.
  • 5/10/2014 8:44:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA good decision

Pros: Works great no issues whatsoever on a low budget build.
WiFi is solid
HDMI video output is smooth at full HD
UHD 4K ready with FM2+ APU

Cons: Not on sale

Other Thoughts: Running A6-5400K Dual Core APU for HTPC system
Mushkin 60GB SSD
Mini ITX Silverstone ML06B HTPC Case
4GB DDR3 1600

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  • Ronald W.
  • 5/4/2014 12:19:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggscompatibility issues or what idk?

Pros: As of right now nothing..

Cons: I bought an athlon 760k to go with this. I am adduming its a compatibilty issue. So i am going to buy a 7850k and try running it with that otherwise i will rma it and get a different board.

Other Thoughts: I had high hopes for this board. It could oc and didn't have an antenna that was a wired antenna

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
760K doesn't have integrated GPU therefore you need to use external graphics card in order for it to display output. Or switch to an APU.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Lam N.
  • 4/22/2014 10:21:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks

Pros: runs my amd 6800k apu without any issues.
has AC wifi.
also the wifi antenna is compact not like most boards that come with the wire antenna type.
i trusted msi because i've used msi motherboards in my last 3 builds and they all worked great.

Cons: cant wake pc from sleep with my keyboard/mouse when its plugged into a usb 3.0 port

Other Thoughts: this is my first itx build(for a gaming/bedroom system)

cpu/gpu(apu): amd A10 6800k
ram: kingston dual channel ddr3-2400 8gb
hd: crucial m500 120gb ssd AND wd blue 500gb
ps: antec earthwatts 500
case: lian li pc-q33
keybaord mouse: logitech k400r

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  • Jon M.
  • 4/22/2014 8:53:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks fine

Pros: Features work as advertised. BIOS is easy to use and update. Drivers are easy to install.

Cons: Came with 1.0 bios. Memory is kind of hard to get out with lever only on one side. Would rather have a second HDMI instead of VGA port.

Other Thoughts: I like how the wifi antennas attach to the io panel instead of having a separate antenna module like on other boards. Did the other reviewers get a defective board? Even el cheapo 2400 mhz ram works fine for me; defaulted to 1600, but just selected extreme memory profile in bios and it worked right away. Wifi works fine. The "OC Genie" button in bios says it switches a8-7600 between 45 watt and 65 watt mode, of course it doesn't work on a10 or other kaveri. If you have more than 1 system fan get a splitter or power from PSU. It has overclocking options, maybe not enough control for extreme overclockers, I don't know.

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  • Karen R.
  • 4/15/2014 11:24:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsbad qualilty

Pros: not much at all now

Cons: Turns out the wifi adapter is a piece of junk, lose the connection or have low connection. I know is the adapter because my laptop have good reception at the same time the pc is telling me "No internet access".

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

We apologize for the issues that you are having with this product.
The Intel 7260 WLAN card is the best in the field, you should try updating the driver first from Intel's website, see below URL.

If you have any questions, please kindly get in touch with our tech support team directly at 626.271.1004 for assistance during regular business hours from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time, or you can email us at
When contacting us, please kindly include your product info, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • Karen R.
  • 4/13/2014 10:23:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdecent

Pros: Mini itx, have built in wifi and blutooth adapters and is easy to understand how to set it up.

Cons: Only inlcude 1 cpu fan plug and 1 cooler fan plug, which left my case front fan without energy to get decent cooling. Would be better if it included at least 2 for front and rear fans.

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  • Jason H.
  • 4/10/2014 9:08:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot for overclocking...

Pros: Price, Intel AC Wifi + Bluetooth, good antennas, support (sorta) for the new AMD Kaveri APUs.

Cons: This review is with BIOS Version 1.3:

Does not allow setting the FSB higher than 105.
OC Genie (not that I would use it) does not support the Kaveri APU's.
Doesn't play nice with 2400mhz RAM, 2133mhz works though.

I'm still dumbfounded that the only voltage adjustment in the entire BIOS is for the RAM. Don't believe me? Take a look at page 3-14 and 3-15 in the manual.

Other Thoughts: I would like to hope that MSI is going to come out with a BIOS update to fix the lack of proper overclocking.

Spend the extra $10 and get the ASRock one.

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