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MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

Gaming Benchmark Testing

3DMark 11

FutureMark Corporation’s 3DMark 11 is a reliable test for determining a system’s performance in DirectX 11 type games. The benchmark measures both graphics-based and PhysX-based system capabilities. The benchmark tests were run three times with the highest reproducible 3DMark scores recorded.

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The Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt could not compete against the other Intel Z77-based solution in this synthetic gaming benchmark, falling 10% behind in most tests. The board managed to hold its own solely during the CPU-based PhysX test.

Hitman: Absolution Benchmark

The in-game benchmark utility in Hitman: Absolution gives a real-world approximation of how well a system will perform in a DirectX 11-based game. The benchmark test was run at a 1920x1080 resolution with all graphics settings set to High, On, or Normal with the following exceptions: MSAA 4x and Anisotropic Filtering 8x. The benchmark tests were run three times with the highest reproducible FPS scores recorded.

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No surprises here, the Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt manages to match the performance of it competitor.

Batman: Arkham City Benchmark

The in-game benchmark utility in Batman: Arkham City gives a real-world approximation of how well a system will perform in a DirectX 11-based game. The benchmark test was run at a 1920x1080 resolution with all graphics settings set to High or On with the following exceptions: FXAA High, DX11 enabled, PhysX disabled. The benchmark tests were run three times with the highest reproducible FPS scores recorded.

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Here we see the Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt slightly outperform its competition.

Hard Reset Benchmark

The in-game benchmark utility in Hard Reset gives a real-world approximation of how well a system will perform in a DirectX 9c-based game. The game engine was heavily modified by Flying Wild Hog studios to give DirectX 11-like graphical and PhysX abilities. The benchmark test was run at a 1920x1080 resolution with all graphics settings set to High or On with the following exceptions: FSAA 4x, Anisotropic Filtering 8x, PhysX at Default. The benchmark tests were run three times with the highest reproducible FPS scores recorded.

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This DirectX 9c-based game poses no threat to the Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt with its performance coming in as expected.


March 21, 2013 | 05:13 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.

March 29, 2013 | 04:20 PM - Posted by moonkeey danny

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

March 30, 2013 | 01:09 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

What country are you in my friend?

April 1, 2013 | 10:13 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 | 04:43 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.