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

  • Intel Z97
  • 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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  • Colton P.
  • 1/5/2016 9:48:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFell for the MSI hype, never again.

Pros: Wasn't DOA

Cons: Along with having a hell of a time getting a stable overclock with a 4790k, the bios freezes after every first restart. 3 bios flashes have not solved this issue.

Other Thoughts: Would have sent it back if it wasn't such a hassle to remove everything. Should have stuck with Asrock.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Colton,
Sorry to hear about the issue you reported. Before considering an RMA can you check following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected firmly, 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. For best result update to latest BIOS for the board, do a clean install of window and update drivers for best result. www.MSI.com
4. 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.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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  • 12/1/2015 4:59:59 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggscrapped out just over a year into it

Pros: worked good for about a year

Cons: had issues recognizing some harddrives sometimes, and would boot into the wrong OS.

Other Thoughts: worked great for just over a year, then it died hard. Looks like the manufacturers warranty just ran out. If you are looking for a good long lasting mobo, look elsewhere than MSI. Honestly, this was probably the worst mobo I've bought.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valuable Customer,
Sorry to hear about the issue you reported. Before considering an RMA can you check following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected firmly, and your hard drives cables.
2. Check BIOS and ensure the drives boot selection is set to the correct boot drive.
3. During boot up you can tap the F11 key for the quick boot section menu to select the desire boot drive.
4. 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.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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  • 11/9/2015 6:24:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNothing But Good

Pros: I've had a very good experience with this board and it has been run for about year in my first build. It is super easy to work with and plenty of options for such a great price. My reasoning behind giving it four eggs is only, because I have not really done any overclocking or extensively used the bios, although from the times I have used it I can say that it is aesthetically pleasing. Just like the board is! If you like the whole MSI dragon theme and are fond of red and black this board has it all.

Cons: Although some could nit pick, I personally have not had a single problem with this board.

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  • 11/8/2015 4:10:43 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Amazing great price. plus very easy to work with.

Cons: none

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  • 10/23/2015 5:29:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: good price with a lot of featuers.
easy to install in case

Cons: bundled software will not work until you go the manufacturers website and get it updated. wouldnt be that huge an issue but MSI is notorious for having abysmal customer support (you dont hang up on the customer whilst they are in the middle of doing as you instructed)

Other Thoughts: board is great, MSI support is crud

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  • 10/21/2015 6:20:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad, could be better, easily..

Pros: It seems to work well and I DO like the BIOS. It looks nice as well. The install went well except for a small hitch which I'll get to below. It was packaged nicely and came with some gratuitous stuff I'll never use (like a door hanger and a huge metal badge for your PC).

Cons: I have no idea what the previous reviewer was talking about... My manual is useless past the install and setup phase. There is NO information about the advanced BIOS settings but does manage to have a section for the OC menu...? Also, there is absolutely NOTHING about the "features" of the motherboard such as the Super Charger, the Audio Boost or the Killer Ethernet. The Super Charger software has NO documentation with it or any explanation of how to get it to work. I've read everything I can find on the internet and so far as I can tell, even when I managed to get the splash screen telling me that my device was detected, it doesn't work. At all. I was unable to even get a tray icon for it to show up even when it said it was running AND working. The software that comes with it is fairly bloated and doesn't seem to be worth much. I installed it all and then quickly got rid of it although, to be fair, the Live Update software, while generally annoying, did a much better and easier job of updating my BIOS than any other motherboard I've owned.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace an older Gigabyte motherboard. It had good reviews, had everything I needed (including a coax audio connection which is rare) and was priced right so I took a chance. Maybe I'm just picky, but I think that something this technical should come with FULL documentation, not some half baked crud you would expect to get with your toaster oven. Admittedly, the setup portion was thorough and had decent images with QR code links to videos if you wanted to watch them but mostly it seems to be a "your on your own" type of situation. I'll probably never buy another MSI motherboard after this one dies. I'm certainly not proud enough of it to stick the badge on my case.. Oh, and just a quick note: The Gigabyte board's charging ability worked right out of the box with no issues at all. I bought it back in 2010....

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  • 10/20/2015 9:15:27 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAmazing board

Pros: Really awesome mobo runs great haven't had a single issue to date.

Cons: Knocked 1 egg because board came DOA and I the anxiety killed me having to send it back. Replacement worked like a gem.

Other Thoughts: I've had this board for more than a year and I love it.

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  • 10/17/2015 10:06:12 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: SEXY
WORKS GOOD 10/10 WOULD BANG

Cons: no place make babies with it

Other Thoughts: buy it

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  • ash
  • 10/15/2015 10:17:09 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Looks fantastic!

Cons: When ram is installed in the 3rd and 4th dimm slots , it put my new build in an infinite boot loop. Had to return the board for a new one

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for the feedback, sorry to hear about the issue you reported. Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you check following steps below since many reasons can cause the situation like this ,
1. Clear CMOS. check the rams modules.
2. Check for any bent pins on CPU socket or memory slots
3. Update system to latest BIOS for best result. www.msi.com.
4. 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.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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  • 10/6/2015 7:48:24 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPiece of Garbage DOA

Pros: Looks great & really wanted it to work.

Cons: Checked the (JPWR1 and JPRW2), cleared CMOS. Swapped PSU from another system. It's clearly the motherboard which is garbage.

Other Thoughts: Have a MSI GPU I just bought as well -- hoping that it craps out early while it's still under warranty.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Neal,
Based on the symptom you reported, we suggest you checking following steps below since many reason can cause the situation like this,
1. Check and make sure that power are connected correctly and firmly (JPWR1 and JPWR2).
2. Clear CMOS with jmper or battery.
3. Check your other major hardware's (memory, video card, CPU and power supply) to ensure that they are not the cause of the issue.
4. If you need further assistant, 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.

Thanks for choosing MSI

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

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