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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

  • Intel Z87
  • 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (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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  • 10/21/2014 1:19:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdated and upgraded review

Pros: Looks great, fair amount of fan headers and runs clean.
Easy OC, fair amount of options.
BIG PRO and reason for upgrade. Great experience with RMA. No runaround, quick turn around with no B.S.

Cons: First unit was poor, bios is still a swamp to navigate even though I have found more options than I had previously.

Other Thoughts: Fair board at the current price levels and if MSI handles their RMAs in this way all the time I will buy again as I would rather be able to replace a bad board than go to war trying to get some other company to stand behind their product.

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  • 10/18/2014 2:08:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked well for a while...

Pros: I bought this board, along with all of the other components of my new computer in April. It worked fine until October.

Cons: Failed after less than 6 months At that point, I couldn't turn on the computer. Nothing, just dead. At this point I am waiting for it to come back from MSI reconditioned.

Other Thoughts: MSI customer service web site was almost unusable. Once I found their phone number, I called in and they set up my RMA over the phone.

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. 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 udpate us on the RMA process. thank you

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

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  • 10/17/2014 4:56:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsbricked

Pros: Nice box

Cons: After update bios. The motherboard wont boot up. I thought it was my psu dead but checked it was the motherboard. Suck to have this since im over 1 day of 30 day returning. Bad mobo

Other Thoughts: Dont buy this

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. Try to clear CMOS, with the jumper on removing CMOS battery from the system.
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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  • 9/26/2014 1:20:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad News

Pros: Shiny, Well packed, pretty.
Coherent, reasonable tech support but only on the phone. Website a joke.

Cons: D.O.A. Junk.
Waited too long to build.
Owned it too long for the 30 day return. Installed and no NIC, almost no USB, outdated bios, with functions that are a joke. The
MSI website warranty procedure is hideous, without talking to a representative. The forms are ugly with almost no way to correctly fill out the registration. No information feedback if you did fill it out correctly. Got an ancient version 1.0 MB with totally outdated, poorly explained drivers, lousy installation you have to guess at.

Other Thoughts: They told me it would be 15 days to turn around at least with no promises, no averages, no real feeling that they really cared.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any comment or suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact us directly by email at usreview@msi.com or by phone at 626.271.1004 M-F, 6AM to 6PM PST. We will be more than happy to assist you.


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

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  • 9/15/2014 1:12:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard

Pros: Features.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Solid gaming motherboard. I upgraded from an asrock z87 lga1155 slot to this to install an i7 4790k. Runs great with cool temps.

Click 4 Bios is my favorite feature.

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  • Adam
  • 9/8/2014 1:56:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Features

Pros: For the money, this is probably the best motherboard you can get simply because of the balanced amount of features. Great for any long-term gaming use.

Cons: None

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  • ricky
  • 9/6/2014 8:11:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: price

Cons: could not get the usb ports to work at all, clean windows install, latest bios, latest drivers, usb ports just keep glitching, apparently is common for these boards

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you described, many reasons can cause the situation like this. We suggest you try the following steps:
1. Please check and make sure USB option are "Enable" in CMOS BIOS setup, if possible udpate to latest BIOS version provided from our website (www.msi.com).
2. Verify that correct chipset and USB drivers are loaded if you're running with Window 7 or older.
3. If possible verify different USB devices.
For additional troubleshooting and supports please feel free to contact MSI team directly for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.

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

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  • Brazen
  • 9/4/2014 3:24:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad BIOS update, trying to charge to fix

Pros: Great features, great performance at a great price. I really like the dragon boot graphic.

Cons: Have done several bios updates but the last one bricked the board. Googling for possible home fix and find many many people have this problem bricking this board on BIOS updates. I couldn't fix it, but I loved that this board has a 3-year warranty so I can still send it in to repair the BIOS (although frustrating that it would brick at all). However, now trying to charge me $45 (as they did to another reviewer here) to fix it due to "bent pins" in the cpu socket.

Other Thoughts: Of 100s of computers I've put together professionally, I've never bent pins on a cpu or cpu socket. I'm very careful with my hardware when the case is open, and frankly I especially do when it's my personal machine. And these pins were not bent when I put them in the box. From this and other comments, I'm guessing their repair department is bent-pin-happy. Granted, I've never bricked from a BIOS update either (EVER), so there's a first for everything. Coincedentally, my first bricked BIOS and supposedly my first bent cpu pins went along with my first MSI motherboard purchase. hmmm.....

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Based on the symptom you described, We suggest on your next installation that you install the CPU and CPU heat sink fan prior of the install of your board inside case.
Bent pins is consider physical damages, all MSI socket LGA 1150 motherboards has protected CPU socket cover to prevent damages of the CPU pins. Ensure to verify the CPU socket first before install your CPU.
For additional troubleshooting and warranty services please feel free to contact MSI team directly for assistance at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 6am to 6pm Pacific Time.

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

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  • 8/29/2014 8:55:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product.

Pros: I've had this Motherboard for a little over 6 months now and I have had absolutely no problems with it. It worked right out of the box and continues to perform. Great product!

Cons: It doesn't make me waffles.

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  • Joe. R
  • 8/29/2014 12:39:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay Away!

Pros: The board had lots of nice features that were very price competitive with other major brand of boards.

Cons: USB Problems! I've reformatted and update the bios and usb3 and chipset drivers to no avail. The board picks and chooses which usb connected items will work on any given day. Sometimes my mouse won't work sometimes my usb audio doesn't want to work it's a great big pain.. Stay away from this board. Lots of people having problems with the usb!!

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this!

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, 9am to 6pm Pacific Time.


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

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