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MSI Z97-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2800(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Kyle L.
  • 7/31/2015 11:41:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorth the Money

Pros: Cheap for it's power, supports current generation processors and new GPU's as well. USB 3.0 is a great touch as well, drivers work nice and input shield is very cool.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: It's cheap and you get what you put into it, a well rounded card for a decent price. I'm running an Intel i7 4770k and an MSI GTX 980 on this thing and everything works like a charm. Definitely worth the buy, but if you have more money go for a newer MSI model.

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  • Zachary F.
  • 7/26/2015 12:01:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs5.0 ghz capable motherboard.

Pros: Was able to overclock to 5.0ghz for a few hours without temps getting too crazy. was pushing 1.55V at load on an i5. My daily overclock is 4.7 @ 1.35V the board stays nice and cool at load with a 440mhz switching frequency.
The board is gorgeous matches my build quite well.

Cons: Analog VRM's makes fine tuning a high overclock a PITA but if you up the switching frequency it compensates for it.
Really wish it had more fan headers but oh well splitters took care of that.

Other Thoughts: MSI would be the number one motherboard maker if it wasn't for the contract they made to use Analog VRMs back in the day, was a good deal then, really coming back to bite them now. However MSI has managed to do some crazy voodoo magic with digital compensation for the analog vrms to make it perform very well.

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  • Matthieu V.
  • 7/24/2015 8:07:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLooks in optimal condition

Pros: From looking at the product on arrival, Nothing seems to be broken or missing, Im using all the help I can get to visually confirms it looks like its gonna work out of the box.

The Msi look on this Motherbaord is just Eyecandy. would recommand anyone who has a use to most of the mobo's spec (looks great)

Cons: Waiting to plug everything for a comfirmation on usability.

Other Thoughts: Over hyped, but will remain calm in order to not mess up the board,

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  • Matthew F.
  • 7/20/2015 10:28:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSpecs were wrong when I bought it newegg did nothing

Pros: Great motherboard awesome features

-The network is super fast and I absolutely love killer network manager
- Looks awesome with those red dragons
- MSI's software is great
- Just an absolutely amazing motherboard

Cons: - At time of purchase (and for a couple months after) new egg had the specs showing 8 USB ports, as I owned the z87 version with only 6 I was excited for some more ports. This of course was a mistake and when I contacted newegg support about it, they just played dumb and asked me for picture of proof that I had recived the wrong product.

Thing was if you looked at the picture of the motherboard you could only count 6 ports! I just wanted them to change the spec sheet to reflect the proper amount for it took several months for this to happen. Was not impressed by customer service at all.

Other Thoughts: I own the z87 version of this motherboard and had it for a little over a year when the USB died on it. That is why I bought this one.

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  • byron h.
  • 6/20/2015 3:27:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed in 5 months

Pros: none

Cons: Motherboard died on me in less than 6 months, I wouldn't recommend it.

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), and Clear the CMOS.
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,

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  • Erin M.
  • 5/25/2015 9:14:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Cool looking, price seemed nice for feature set

Cons: I bought this board based on favorable reviews not only from the internet at large but from a friend who just built a machine with one and seemed to really like it.

Preface to the whining about to follow: I am not a super amazing technical master builder, but I have built quite a few machines and always do my own upgrading; I'm comfortable with it and have never had any disasters.

I assembled a new build with this board that was going to be a gift for someone; put it all together and independently decided I'd cheaped out too much on the case/PSU. When disassembling, I went to unseat the GPU with what I really didn't consider to be an excessive force ... but the entire PCIE slot just let loose of the board, bending the pins in the process. Inspecting the underside of the mobo, about half the pins holding down the plastic sockets themselves have no solder rings whatsoever holding them in. Removing cards from this board, if they're all like this, is iffy at best.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

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

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  • John H.
  • 5/25/2015 8:21:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI WANT MY $$$ BACK!

Pros: Have yet to find one

Cons: CAN I GIVE THIS ZERO EGGS?!?!?!
What a hunk of junk! I HATE this motherboard and more importantly I HATE MSI and how they have treated me.
I bought this motherboard and installed Windows 7 on an SSD. After installing Windows and getting everything functioning properly I added a Seagate USB 3.0 hard drive for external backups. However, whenever that USB device is plugged in the computer will not boot up into Windows. It starts the boot process and you get the Windows splash screen and then it tries to go into repair mode and eventually you end up in the MSI EUFI boot shell. No matter what settings I choose in the BIOS to try and exclude the USB device from ever trying to boot I still experience the same results while the USB hard drive is plugged in. I even removed all of the partitions from the USB hard drive. Tried different formats other than NTFS. No change in behavior. Exasperated I finally called MSI support and let me just say I have NEVER been treated so badly on a tech support call. The tech refused to troubleshoot anything with me or even check to make sure all of the settings were correct. Within seconds of him answering the phone I was being verbally assaulted claiming there can be NOTHING wrong with their motherboard. I asked for a supervisor and was given the typical "my supervisor is not available at the moment" runaround.
I want my money back. I am sorely disappointed with MSI and how they treat their customers. I will never buy an MSI product again in my life unless they rectify this issue.
You know, I really do not want my money back... what I really, ultimately want is this to work. I had VERY high hopes for this system. Do you realize what a pain it is to unplug a USB hard drive EVERY time you want to reboot your computer? I just really wish somebody from MSI would work with me and find out what the real problem is.
If that were to happen I would remove this review and give it 5 eggs.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

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

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  • Chris H.
  • 5/14/2015 7:40:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I love everything about this motherboard. Nice clean sleek design and the dragon is awesome :D love the bios setup. makes it easier for those whom have not overclocked before. Thanks MSI and Newegg. excellent service very fast shipping had all my components i ordered within two days. Amazing!!!!

Cons: Only one is I wish the Dragon on the motherboard lit up. Other than that there is nothing I can say bad about this motherboard especially for the price.

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  • Cisco B.
  • 5/6/2015 8:23:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSound problem

Pros: Overall works well.

Cons: I am using the optical out to run my stereo system. I find that a loud 'hiss' sound comes and goes, usually in response to opening a program. If I mute the sound in windows the hiss disappears (so it is not an issue with ground loop hum after the optical signal gets to the stereo). I can only assume that there is crosstalk somewhere within the motherboard when certain drivers are being used, etc, since my last motherboard never did this.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/28/2015 12:44:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

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