MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Gigabyte Z77A-G45 Gaming Review

Introduction

Motherboards are, as we've often said here at OC3D, now so interchangeable thanks to the excellence of the Intel chipsets that you can purchase almost anything and be sure of a good foundation to your system. 

The days when you had to be brand loyal, or when the feature set of a particular model was so rich it was deserving of your hard-earned are slowly disappearing. It takes more than a highly tunable DFI BIOS to separate them.

That doesn't mean that there aren't differences to be had. In a lot of cases your choice is either one that is ultra-high-end just for the sake of having a particular brand in your signature, or maybe you're stuck with an average looking board to obtain one within your price range. Similarly to the ASUS X58 Sabertooth, MSI have blown the motherboard world wide open with their MPOWER, which was both feature-rich, great looking and high performing yet cost a mere £150. It covered all the bases so well that it's difficult to recommend any other motherboard.

Rather than rest upon their laurels MSI have gone back to the drawing board and seen if they can provide a motherboard that has enough differences to the standard types to be a genuine contender. Enter the Gaming series, designed for the people who want a good underpinning for their system, without minding too much about obscure features or having to pay through the nose for the privilege of one that looks nice.

Technical Specifications

So if you want a motherboard that is good value, but don't want to be stuck with a bright blue one or one with an entirely indistinguishable feature set, the MSI Z77 G45 Gaming provides some surprisingly well thought out options. 

We have the usual suspects that are part of the Z77 chipset, lots of SATA and USB options alongside some fast Memory speeds and multi-GPU support. MSI have added to this a couple of things that should prick up the ears of the gaming community. We have the Realtek® ALC892 with Soundblaster Cinema support for your audio, and the Killer E2205 Network controller for low ping even when your connection is being used for downloads.

  • Intel® Z77 Express Chipset
    Supports 3rd Gen & 2nd Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1155 socket
  • DDR3-3000 (OC) Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • Military Class III: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie II: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS II: World's 1st UEFI and Software Graphical User Interface
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • Multi-GPU Support: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Frequency Gaming Devices
  • Total Fan Control: Optimize All Fan Speed As You Wish
  • Lucid Virtu MVP: Uncompromised Game Response Performance
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Most Recent Comments

22-04-2013, 07:25:39

SieB
Killer Ethernet and a Creative sound chip on a £120 mobo? Why do people pay £300+ for the Gigabyte G1 Killer boards again? Quote

22-04-2013, 07:39:11

WillSK
Looks like a really nice price/performance board!Quote

22-04-2013, 09:53:43

equk
Quote:
Originally Posted by SieB View Post
Killer Ethernet and a Creative sound chip on a £120 mobo? Why do people pay £300+ for the Gigabyte G1 Killer boards again?
Audio : Realtek® ALC892
Ethernet: Killer E2205

Quote:
Equally the SoundBlaster Cinema sound is good, but it's still a Realtek ALC892 beneath the hood. The merits of the Killer Networking solution have been long debated, and whilst there isn't any particular advantage in ping or speed in standard situations, if your PC unexpectedly starts updating something or you forgot to kill a torrent, then the traffic shaping keeps your gaming smooth.
^^^

Really nice review, like how the mention of the audio and network were kept to the facts

Re: Killer NIC:
Not sure I'd want traffic shaping forced via integrated hardware (most routers will provide this if required anyway)
(from a security pov wouldn't want an integrated embedded device with layer0 access)Quote

22-04-2013, 10:05:51

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by equk View Post
Audio : Realtek® ALC892
Ethernet: Killer E2205


^^^

Really nice review, like how the mention of the audio and network were kept to the facts

Re: Killer NIC:
Not sure I'd want traffic shaping forced via integrated hardware (most routers will provide this if required anyway)
(from a security pov wouldn't want an integrated embedded device with layer0 access)
I know dude, but they are the main features of the G1 killer boards and apparently why the are so expensive. Seeing the same sort of specs on a £120 mobo makes you wonder how Gigabyte get away with charging so much.

I did think the audio was creative though, got it mixed up with the software :\

http://www.creative.com/oem/products...are/cinema.aspQuote

22-04-2013, 10:37:43

alienware
Oh hell yeah wasn't expecting to see this reviewed !!

Thanks guys, will read now Quote
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