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MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

BIOS Features

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MSI bundled the Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt motherboard with the latest version of their UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) BIOS, a customized version of the AMI-developed UEFI style BIOS. The UEFI BIOS offers full keyboard and mouse support while using the BIOS pages with enhanced mouse navigation supported by right clicking the mouse - goes back to previous view if inside a settings pop-up or on a sub-menu page.

I continue to believe that MSI's take on the UEFI BIOS makes for a nice BIOS experience. The BIOS is well laid out, smooth and very responsive both with the mouse and keyboard. I didn't notice any lag at all when using the mouse buttons - menus and settings responded well to double-click and reverse navigation occurred quickly when right-clicking the window or screen. One issue I did encounter was with keyboard sensitivity while taking BIOS screenshots using the F12 key from within the BIOS.

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Settings page

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Settings page, System Status page

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Settings page, Advanced page

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Settings page, Advanced page, PCI Subsystem Settings page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Integrated Peripherals page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Integrated Graphics Configuration page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Intel(R) Thunderbolt page

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Settings page, Advanced page, USB Configuration page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Hardware Monitor page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Intel(R) Smart Connect Configuration page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Windows 8 Configuration page

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Settings page, Advanced page, Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller page

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Settings page, Boot page

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Settings page, Save & Exit page

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Overclocking Settings (OC) page

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Overclocking Settings page continued

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Overclocking Settings page continued

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Overclocking Settings page, My OC Genie Option page

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Overclocking Settings page, Advanced DRAM Configuration page

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Overclocking Settings page, Advanced DRAM Configuration page continued

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Overclocking Settings page, Overclocking Profiles page

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Overclocking Settings page, Overclocking Profiles page, Details page

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Overclocking Settings page, CPU Specifications page

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Overclocking Settings page, CPU Specifications page, CPU Technology Support page

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Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page

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Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page, DIMM Details page

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Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page, DIMM Details page, X.M.P. Support Information page

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Overclocking Settings page, CPU Features page

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Energy Savings (ECO) page

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Utilities page

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Utilities page, M-Flash page

March 21, 2013 | 02:13 PM - Posted by Douglas S. (not verified)

I bought this board when I built my system last Christmas and I am very happy with it. I am not using the Thunderbolt port at this point, but I wanted my computer to be ready for when Thunderbolt is being used more.

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March 29, 2013 | 01:20 PM - Posted by moonkeey danny

donde la puedo conseguir, me gusto esta tarjeta madre pero no se donde la puedo adquirir. AYUDA

March 29, 2013 | 10:09 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

What country are you in my friend?

April 1, 2013 | 07:13 AM - Posted by Bman (not verified)

I've had this board for a few weeks now and the OC Genie really impressed me. I have no hesitation to recommend this board

August 24, 2013 | 01:43 PM - Posted by Mick (not verified)

Hi,

I am building a pc and there are a number of cables from the front panel of the pc case (usb, pc power etc). I can find all the ports to connect these cables to on the motherboard (MSI Z77A-G45) except the SD/MMR cable. Do you know where this connects to on this motherboard?

Thanks in advance.

Mick.

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