MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING Motherboard Review
By Steven Iglesias-Hearst
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.
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.