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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Monday, 06 May 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING Motherboard
Closer Look: Z77A-G45 GAMING
Z77A-G45 GAMING Detailed Features
MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING UEFI
MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING Software
Motherboard Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Benchmarks
Z77A-G45 GAMING Power Consumption
Z77A-G45 GAMING Overclocking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING Motherboard Review

Manufacturer: Micro Star International
Product Name: Z77A-G45 GAMING
Model Number: 911-7752-19S
UPC: 816909106244
Price As Tested: $139.99 (Amazon | NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Micro-Star Int'l Co., Ltd.

Intel's Haswell CPU's and Z87 motherboards may well be just around the corner, but that hasn't stopped MSI from releasing another line of Z77 motherboards. With this new line of motherboards MSI are aiming at the gaming scene, and have a bold new color scheme and heatsink design to match. We are used to seeing either yellow or blue theme motherboards from MSI but this new 'gaming' line-up breaks that mold.

Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the mid-range MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING LGA1155 Motherboard (P/N 911-7752-19S) in this article. The MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING motherboard supports 3rd and 2nd Gen' Intel CPU's designed for the LGA115x socket, and supports DDR3 speeds up to 3000MHz (OC). To differentiate itself from motherboards with the same chipset, extras like a KILLER E2200 NIC, Creative Sound Blaster Cinema and PCI Express Gen' 3 expansion slots aim to make sure you have a high quality experience with this latest offering from MSI.

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It is not unusual for a hardware manufacturer to sponsor e-Sports or even have their own gaming team these days, and MSI is setting new standards for getting involved with the gaming scene. Sure ASUS has their ROG division, but they also charge a high premium. MSI on the other hand have lowered that cost sufficiently enough to take some market share away from ASUS with their Z77 'GAMING' motherboards. Join me in the next section as we take a good look at the aesthetics and layout of the MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming Motherboard.



 

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# RE: MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING Motherboardwill 2013-06-23 05:09
"Take from this what you will, but the results are clear cut enough to convince me that that it is worthwhile enabling the power saving settings available on the MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING motherboard. In the 60's and 70's there was a big ecology movement after oil prices had risen sharply and we collectively realised that we could not sustain our then current level of consumer lifestyles. In the ensuing years the economy changed for the better and consumption ramped up sharply. We now find ourselves consuming more than ever and we once again need to realise that natural resources can't possibly sustain us forever. We need to demand more energy efficient products. We need to demand better built and longer lasting hardware. But most of all, we need self control and a more conscious approach towards our consumer habits"

What a fantastic quote, very unusual for a MB review. Bravo
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# RE: RE: MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING MotherboardSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2013-06-23 11:07
Thanks for the kind words Will. :)
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# Knowing is half the battle...WhyNotV2 2013-06-24 02:47
"I didn't spot it right away but a closer inspection of the VRM/phase heatsinks reveals that they are shaped like the head of a dragon. This is a nice touch but it will be inevitably lost in an enclosed system with a large CPU cooler much like my own."

This may be true, but YOU know they are there :)
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