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Motherboard

MSI - Z97-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

(33 Ratings, 4.4 Average)

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Specifications

Manufacturer

MSI

Part #

Z97-G45 Gaming

Manufacturer

MSI

Socket / CPU

LGA1150

Form Factor

ATX

RAM Slots

4

Max RAM

32 GB

Color

Black / Red

Chipset

Intel Z97

SLI/CrossFire

  • 2-Way SLI Capable
  • CrossFire Capable

SATA 3Gb/s Ports

0

SATA 6Gb/s Ports

6

SATA Express Ports

0

M.2 Slots

0

mSATA Slots

1

Memory Slots

4

Memory Type

DDR3

Memory Speed

  • DDR3-1066
  • DDR3-1333
  • DDR3-1600
  • DDR3-1866
  • DDR3-2133
  • DDR3-2200
  • DDR3-2600
  • DDR3-2800
  • DDR3-3000

PCI-E x16 Slots

3

PCI-E x8 Slots

0

PCI-E x4 Slots

0

PCI-E x1 Slots

4

PCI Slots

0

Onboard Video

Depends on CPU

Onboard USB3.0 Headers

Yes

Supports ECC

No

Wireless Networking

No

RAID Support

Yes

mSATA

1

Onboard Ethernet

1 x 1000 Mbit/s

SATA 6 Gb/s

6

Price History

    Reviews

    l13199l
    • 23 points
    • 47 months ago

    from completed build Deep Sea Creature

    BIOS isn't amazing, and I broke the front panel USB 3 pins a little, works well with the paint and handling of everything else, good deal too.

    mouzzampk2014
    • 18 points
    • 35 months ago

    I had MSI Z97 Gaming 5 and I returned it because of M.2 was limited to 512GB and I have this one already and I am really comfortable with the motherboard features. Corsair SP120 Fans are connected to motherboard directly (Sys Fan1 and Sys Fan2) and Corsair AF120 Front Fan and Corsair AF120 Top 2 Fans are connected to splitter so I can keep the system tidy.

    fady__m
    • 17 points
    • 45 months ago

    from completed build Reaper

    Cheap and it has everything I need

    Thabeast
    • 12 points
    • 44 months ago

    5 sata III ports, one msata port, and fan headers galore. great for overclocking, but I haven't utilized this yet. also comes with some cool extras like my favorite, a hard msi shield sticker, its awesome.

    bubba969
    • 12 points
    • 43 months ago

    from completed build My first pc

    Good motherboard but probably a better one for the same price. I like the color scheme and has all the ports i need. con is they had poor placement for the usb 3.0 port because my graphics card is blocking it. Other than that i have no complaints

    ahindle346
    • 9 points
    • 44 months ago

    from completed build My First Build (Gaming)

    I wish I would have gone with a better board. The BIOS isn't exactly the MOST user friendly. I will swap it out eventually. I still give it 5 stars though

    ktcriley
    • 5 points
    • 52 months ago

    Great motherboard, works very well, has everything I need. Built-in sound card works okay; I bought a sound card because I am a bit of an audiophile. I wish it was a little more spacious, but I guess that's what I get for getting an ATX.

    biggles5107
    • 5 points
    • 3 months ago

    from completed build Ipswich - 2019 Update

    I'm a bit disappointed that I no longer have the post code display on my motherboard, but I like pretty much everything else about it. MSI's Click BIOS is substantially better than my previous Gigabyte motherboard, and I can actually set custom fan profiles. It's quite nice. It doesn't have an M.2 slot, but I believe it supports NVMe all the same, so an adapter should be able to remedy that.

    Radz
    • 2 points
    • 48 months ago

    My first experience with MSI, previously a Gigabyte or ASUS man and I'm super impressed. Love the bios - the motherboard explorer - kewl. And the utilities that come bundled are actually useful and work. Especially like the auto driver update manager app-type thing. Also there was no need to get SATA drivers downloaded to a thumb drive before installing Windows as per Gigabyte H97-UD3. Overclocking - eezy peezy with MSi Commander or Interl Extreme Overclocking Utility.

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