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MSI A88XM-E45 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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  • AMD A88X (Bolton D4)
  • Athlon/A- Series
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AMD A88X chipset

  • OC Genie 4: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS 4: Easily Fine-tune Your System
  • 3 Display Outputs: HDMI/DVI/D-Sub Support
  • Super Charger: fast charge iPad/iPhone/smartphone


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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    • Return for refund within: 30 days
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Great Board while it worked

Pros: This board is great* it was easy to install and setup. easy to configure and has plenty of options.

Cons: well after 4 months of use it just died. Did all the normal test to eliminate all the other option but yep its the board. Tried reaching out to MSI but have yet to receive an answer been just about a week since the fist contact was made

Other Thoughts: If MSI ever contacts me to resolve this I will increase this rating as I do find this to be a good board

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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), clear 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,
MSI Review Team | usreview@msi.com
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Always had good luck with MSI

Pros: Easy to setup lightning fast and has a cool UI.

Cons: None at the moment

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Always good luck with MSI

Pros: This board is really nice and the BIOS interface is really cool. Appears to be of good quality as expected from MSI. I am not an overclocker but it appears to be easy to do with the presetting option. There is not much to say about this board.

Cons: Even with my technical knowledge and I've been building systems for 20 years, my video card is PCIe 2.0 which the slot that I inserted it into and I assumed that this board was doa after not seeing the BIOS splash screen. After dismantling part by part and then reinstalling listening to the POST beeps I found it was the video. At that point I was like let me try the other slot, low and behold no beeps and I finally saw the BIOS splash screen. I would never thought PCIe 3.0 would be compatible. Frustrating but good to know.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
3/ 5
Faulty USB 3.0 header?

Pros: Works...for the most part

Cons: 3.0 header faulty?

Other Thoughts: This is what I know. The upfront 3.0 ports worked before the old MB died.

With this MB, there is nothing indicated being plugged in to the 3.0 header.

Being able to see what specific components are connected to the MB in the BIOS using an interactive map of the motherboard is neat. Other than that, it's a MB and it is functional...for the most part.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for the feedback. Can you verify the USB devices and cable to check? If you need additional assistant 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
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Eggcellent MOBO

Pros: This MOBO with an A10-7700k and 16 GB of DDRIII RAM and a Seagate 4 TB model ST4001DX001 SSHD from time I hit the power button until Desktop is displayed with windows 8.1 pro x64 is only 6 seconds, not from standby, but off.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I highly endorse this product

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good Budget Fm2+ board

Pros: ***Update Bios Before Installing New AMD Graphics drivers***

Solid Build Quality

Plenty of features in the bios

Cons: A lot of these boards ship with release bios from December 2013. So if you install a Kaveri Chip the bios shows and lists the CPU properly but if you install the latest catalyst drivers when you reboot windows 7 & 8.1 will blue screen and loop.
Installing the latest gives full 100% functionality to Kaveri APU 's.

So as long as you update the bios after OS install with MSI tools you will be fine.
Not a fault of MSI there has been 5 bios updates just there still some boards that ship with release bios non Kaveri APUs such as Richland, Trinity work and update fine with no bios update needed.

Other Thoughts: Great board for the price.

I only stress that if you pair this with a Kaveri APU A8-7600, A10 7800, A10-7850k, etc that you must update the bios AFTER OS install but BEFORE Newest Catalyst drivers are installed.
Failure to do this will result in blue screens caused by catalyst driver failing to load because it can't communicate with the APU properly.
As long as you update the bios this board works like a champ and is a great board to pair with any FM2/2+ chip.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Bad BIOS

Pros: works fine with the bios it came with.

Cons: DO NOT UPGRADE THE BIOS

Other Thoughts: I upgraded the bios with the live update provided with the board. I immediately started getting BSODs. Now, I cannot get out of them. I have spun back the BIOS, I have tried to reformat and reinstall. Nothing works. I continue to get BSODs and the win 7 will not install.

Again WARNING do not upgrade the BIOS.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Review

Pros: I am happy with this MOBO and have had no issues 3 months to date. User setup was easy, BIOS came right on, it detected all my HW, and it has been working great so far. I did not notice any circuit or solder issues on the board. Seems decently made.

Cons: Price could be a bit cheaper since this is not the best board with the most features, but it fit exactly what I needed. I'm not an extreme user, just an average gamer.

Other Thoughts: This board fit exactly what I needed. I'm not an extreme user, just an average gamer.

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