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MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

Synthetic Benchmark Testing

SiSoft Sandra 2012

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The Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt performed on par with the competing Intel Z77 system, indicating proper functioning on the board's CPU and memory subsystems.

LinX

LinX is a graphical interface for CPU-based testing using the Intel Linpack benchmarks. It serves as a good indicator of proper system CPU functioning and is considered one of the most intensive CPU benchmarks currently available. LinX was run with Memory set to All and for a total of 3 runs. This test was repeated three times with the highest repeatable GFlops (Giga-Floating Point Operations Per Second) score recorded.

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The Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt again performs within expectations, further indicating that everything is working optimally under the hood.

7-Zip

7-Zip is an open-source file compression and decompression software. File compression and decompression are very system and memory intensive, acting as a good indicator for system performance. The 7-Zip benchmark test was run with a 32MB dictionary size, 4 CPU threads active, and for 10 passes per test. The included benchmark test was repeated three times with the highest repeatable MIPS (Millions of Instructions Per Second) scores recorded.

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The Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt again sticks close to the other Intel Z77-base board performance-wise. In this test, good performance is a key metric to ascertaining system health because of the memory intensive nature of the benchmarking tests performed.

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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