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MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Pro Gaming with Killer Networking & Sound Blaster Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z87
  • 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2800(OC)

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MSI Z87-G45 Gaming LGA 1150 - Intel Z87 - HDMI - SATA 6Gbps - USB 3.0 - ATX Pro Gaming with Killer Networking & Sound Blaster Intel 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:
  • Get 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
  • Superb graphics with VGA Boost
  • Blazing fast booting with Super RAID
  • Gaming Device Port
  • Military Class 4 Components
  • OC Genie 4 & Click BIOS 4
  • Optimized for multiple graphics cards
  • Supports DDR3-3000 memory for super fast loading

Killer E2200 Game Networking

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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 online 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.


Z87-G45 Top Quality Audio Solution with Sound Blaster Cinema

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 - clear as crystal - 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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Z87-G45 MSI VGA Boost

MSI VGA Boost is one of MSI's exclusive ways to help gamers to fully engage in their virtual world. VGA Boost increases the power limitations for MSI Gaming graphics cards when inserted in an MSI Gaming motherboard. It simply upgrades your Power Tuning and current limits allowing your graphics to boost to higher clock speeds when your Gaming graphics get more intense and sustain maximum performance for a longer time.

This is all supported by the power design for the PCI Express slots and the build quality of MSI Graphics cards. Now, matching MSI Gaming hardware not only gives your game PC some fiery red dragon looks, your PC Gaming experience will benefit from a safe and powerful boost in graphics.


Z87-G45 Super RAID

With MSI Super RAID you can combine hard drives, SSDs and mSATA into blazing fast bootable drives. Load your operating system, videos or even games faster than ever. You can now enjoy the benefits of bigger and faster storage, without all the trouble that normally surround RAID configurations.

Easily Setup The Latest Technologies:

  • Intel Smart Response
  • Intel Rapid Start
  • Intel Smart Connect
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Z87-G45 Military Class 4 Components

Military Class 4 is the next step in high quality components. The Super Ferrite Chokes and Dark CAPs will make sure that your PC runs more stably under extreme gaming conditions.

Dark CAP

With their aluminum core design, Dark CAP's have been a staple in high-end motherboards and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-ten-year lifespan.

Super Ferrite Choke

Super Ferrite Choke uses a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Choke to run 95°F (35°C) cooler, 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 any environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI heat radiation. On top of that the all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.


Z87-G45 Z87-G45 OC GENIE 4

OC Genie 4 supercharges your speed! 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 platter.
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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 their fans' speeds on the motherboard and set profiles. Users can monitor the status of the fans in real-time as well as record fan speed, voltage, and temperature 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, and you can speed up your browser or your page file which increases your whole system's performance.


Z87-G45 Supports DDR3-3000 Memory for Super-Fast Loading

Tired of everlasting loading screens? The MSI Gaming series motherboards offer support for DDR3-3000MHz memory modules. That way, you won't have to miss out on the action because your in-game levels will be loaded quick!

Z87-G45 Total Fan Control

Total 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.

Z87-G45 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.

Z87-G45 Z87-G45 Package Contents

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.

Z87-G45 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 1000Hz) 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

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.

Z87-G45 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 overheating a PC while you are enjoying vivid graphics jumping off your monitor when running an AMD CrossFire Gaming setup.
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Z87-G45 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.

Z87-G45 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.

Z87-G45 OC Profiles Preview

With OC profiles you can rapidly switch between settings and 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.

Z87-G45 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. Reward your ears with true quality.

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 600Ω headphone amplifier
  • Golden audio jacks for pure audio signals
  • EMI shielded audio codec
  • High quality audio capacitors

Learn more about the MSI Z87-G45 Gaming

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • William U.
  • 2/20/2016 4:32:38 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOne Egg Board, bricked within two weeks.

Pros: Looks cool!!!!!

Cons: Seriously, I could write out a long and detailed gripe about this motherboard but others have already done it for me. Got the RMA approved and have contemplated spending another $15 just to fix it. Bought a $45 motherboard that has been working fine. Someone somewhere else said the more bells and whistles the greater a chance of it messing up... pretty apropos here.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear William,
Thank you for the feedback, what is the issue you're experience with the motherboard? There is no known isue with our motherboard, If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usreview@msi.com or contact us at our support number 626-271-1004 M-F 6am to 6pm pst. and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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  • Brennan S.
  • 12/27/2015 7:47:15 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest mobo I've ever had. Cheers to MSi

Pros: I have owned this board for almost 2 years now.

- Fantastic BIOS
- Plenty USB ports
- Great overall design- no "strange" places for certain ports, power options
- Three on-board USB 2.0 hubs and one USB 3.0 header

I've had at least a dozen motherboards in the past decade. This one is by far the best one I've ever had. It was easy to setup, is stable, and the best BIOS I've seen. I just bought my fiance an ASUS Z97-A and it was utter garbage (it came with a bundle, I threw the dice and lost). I replaced it with an MSi Z97 Gaming 5 and it was gold. MSi has my 100% loyalty when it comes to boards- my next board will be an MSi, no doubt.

Cons: - Some of the software it comes with is questionable. This is optional so I'm not knocking it.

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  • N/A
  • 10/17/2015 12:51:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsOverall, A Great Motherboard

Pros: Nice, distinguished color scheme.
Good overclocking tools.
Nice, interactive BIOS.
A healthy amount of SATA ports.
Lots of expansion slots.
The option to turn off the pinkish light on the audio boost plate.

Cons: The drivers that come with the computer are... numerous.
The "red" light on the audio boost plate is more pink(but there is the option to turn it off in the BIOS).
I had some issues with the audio driver at first, but downloading the latest driver from the internet fixed the issue.

Other Thoughts: I haven't used this board for a long time, but so far, its been a very admirable board. I have no major complaints. I would recommend this board.

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  • N/A
  • 6/13/2015 1:54:57 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2 year Review - 6/26/2013 purchase

Pros: I have had this board now for close to 2 years and has yet to give me problems. Updated Bios when needed with no issues, all ports still working strong. I have become a big fan of MSI over the years mostly just for there motherboards due to high quality and customer support.

When I plan on upgrading in a year or so I will most likely go with another MSI board!

Cons: None, But when people do not take care of their purchases and they die due to overheating because they ignore the fact that cases get dusty and refuse to clean them, it would cause a majority of the con's for this item. Others simply just don't follow directions when doing updates and mess things up due to incompetence.

Other Thoughts: Bought this in 06/26/2013

MSI z87-g45
Intel i5 4670k OC'd 4.6Ghz
CM Hyper 212 Evo
G.Skill ddr3-1866 16gb (2x8gb)
Evga GTX 660 Ti 2gb
Samsung Evo 850 120gb (OS - Games)
WD Velociraptor 300gb (Steam Games)
WD Green 2tb (Movies)

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  • Alca
  • 4/10/2015 9:30:05 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Except....

Pros: Solid board for a good gaming PC. Built this a year and a half ago and only recently had my first issue. OC genie works decently. I like having the CMOS clear button on the outside for when I crank things up a bit too high.

Cons: Network card died after a little over a years use. I also constantly had my network dropping and the adapter would restart. I kept blaming my modem and router, but since I bought a PCI NIC to replace the onboard I no longer have any issues. Leads me to believe the card was the issue all along.
Onboard sound card is only decent. I ended up buying an upgrade.

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  • Random_Hero
  • 3/30/2015 12:08:38 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBent Pins... Junk

Pros: looks cool
OC genie sounds cool

Cons: this is my third build and i seem to always get talked into by reviews to buy MSI. i have never had luck with them.
-had to install heat sink backwards, manageable
-heat sink got in the way of ram and had to wedge ram into first slot, nuisance but manageable
-bent pins on CPU socket, junk

Other Thoughts: I work second shift and don't have lots of time to work on my build as well as money, so i spread out the purchasing of these over 6 months. once assembled i had issues with only being able to boot with 1 stick of ram. After a few weeks of tinkering, I broke down and spoke to MSI customer service. The rep immediately told me it was an issue with bent pins(which it was) wasn't very helpful seem to be more interested in when the hours the hotline is open. told me to bend the pin back, which is like preforming surgery. long story short i have a 6 month old board with now more bent pins than it started out with. i am going to entertain GIGABYTE or ASUS, like i should have.

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.

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

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  • Diamonddogftw
  • 3/17/2015 1:48:22 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsNo complaints here!

Pros: Where to start... Board has greatly reduced lag spikes (Other computers on same router but without this technology still have occasional problems). Sound is best on a motherboard i have ever heard, making this the first mobo where I don't find myself adding a dedicated sound card.

Bios is easy to work in, easy to OC. Connections easy to access. Temps have been great. Sturdy. Bios updates through MSI have been painless.

Cons: Haven't really noticed any difference with dedicated gaming usb ports, but my mouse/keyboard are already quite responsive. Case badge is a little ostentatious.

Other Thoughts: I chose this board for my first enthusiast build and i do not regret it in any way. Will buy MSI in the future. Maybe an Mpower....hmmm

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  • N/A
  • 3/14/2015 2:02:47 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs1 yr Review

Pros: I bought this along with an i5 chip. Overall I'm content with this Mobo. I tried this MSI mobo because I had luck with a still functional MSI 560 TI GPU. Its spacious and fits a custom heat sink with room for other hardware. SLI capable, dual or quad DDR3 ram slots( i use 16GB 10666 (2x8GB), UEFI BIOS nice and will eventually take over older BIOS screens. It's designed for easy overclocking. There are other features is has but I haven't used them.

Cons: One biggest issue I have with it is the killer ethernet. Onboard e-net is not to the quality I'm used to. It's slow to connect to any network and bugs out every now and then. The reason I give it a 3 rating is because it was used in a new build with immediate hard/soft ware issues. Had to work through the bugs. I'd probably seek another manufacturer for my next build.

Other Thoughts: Doubt this mobo is still marketed to consumers but I will say for the $150 I paid back then it's a bargin. Wish it had an onboard LED error reporter. Looks sweet, hardware layout is spacious make sure you have a big form factor.

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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  • N/A
  • 2/12/2015 3:08:18 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBought 2, both broke

Pros: Good specs

Cons: Doesn't last

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.

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

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  • N/A
  • 1/29/2015 4:57:25 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Best board I've ever owned. I haven't gotten around to setting up raid yet, but it looks promising. Great speeds on the lan, better than usual built-in audio, and the manufacturer software is very useful. This thing sports an i7 4770k, 16 gigs of 19200 ram, solid state, 5 hard drives and 2 gigs of ATI video without a hitch. It sits in my Raven looking like a v8. Max settings for everything.

Cons: An enthusiast board like this could use some more sata slots built in. More likely that I need new hard drives.

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