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MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI

Motherboard Deconstructed

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The L-shaped integrated heat pipe cooling solution cools the CPU power circuitry just above and to the right of the CPU socket.

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The heat pipe cooler is made up of 2 different thin-finned aluminum heat sinks, interconnected via heat conducting tubing (heat pipes). MSI uses thermal tape for interfacing between the power circuitry and the heat sinks.

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The 6 SFC power phase chips are located below and to the left of their tied MOSFET chips, which make up the CPU's power plant.

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The Southbridge chipset is passively cooled by a low-profile aluminum cooler with two attachment points to the board.

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The Intel Z77 chipset cooler is a low-profile, thin finned aluminum based passive heat sink. MSI uses thermal paste to interface the cooler's surface with the chipset's.

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The Intel Z77 chipset is reminiscent of a naked CPU die. The heat sink overlaps a good area around the chipset to better dissipate the generated heat. The heat sink itself is held in place by two screws underneath opposite corners of the chipset.

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)


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.


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