MSI Z87-G45 GAMING Intel Z87 (Socket 1150) Motherboard + Cooler Master Seidon 120M Water Cooler overview
CPU and Chipset Features
|Intel LGA1150 4th Generation Core CPU Support
This motherboard supports Intel 4th generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA1150 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel 4th generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
|Intel Z87 Express Chipset
The Intel Z87 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design that supports socket LGA1150 4th generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z87 provides a maximum six USB 3.0 ports and six SATA III 6Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval. Moreover, the Intel Z87 Express Chipset also supports iGPU functions, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphics performance.
Performance and Stability Features
|MSI GAMING Series
MSI GAMING motherboards are designed to provide gamers with best-in-class features and technology. Backed by the imposing looks of MSI's Dragon, each motherboard is an engineering masterpiece tailored to gaming perfection.
|Military Class 4
MSI's new Military Class 4 components support you while you are questing, racing, battling and shooting your way to the top. MSI's Military Class 4 components deliver record-breaking stability when you need to keep cool in the heat of battle. The new standard in stability built on a proven technology of high quality components.
|Military Class Essentials
The core of Military Class 4 is based on the essentials which increase your stability in the worst conditions. The humidity protection and high temperature protection ensure your system surviving each environment, no matter how harsh. The new structure of the PCB limits EMI radiation. On top of that all the connectors have ESD protection in order to prevent short circuit.
|OC Genie 4
OC Genie 4 supercharges your speed experience! When used, OC Genie 4 accelerates your entire system and puts it into overdrive! Tuned by professional overclockers, OC Genie 4 hands you record-breaking performance on a silver plate.
|4K UHD HDMI Support
Enjoy awesome 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) video playback now! MSI's 8 series motherboards that equip an HDMI port(s) supports the latest and the most innovative 4K UHD (2160p ultra-high definition) signal outputs to provide an unprecedented visual experience.
|MSI VGA Boost
MSI VGA Boost is one of MSI's exclusive ways to support gamers to fully engage in their virtual world. VGA Boost increases the power limitations for MSI GAMING graphics cards when inserted in an MSI GAMING motherboard. It simply upgrades your Power Tuning and current limits allowing your graphics to boost to higher clock speeds when your gaming graphics get more intense and sustain maximum performance for a longer time. This is all supported because of the power design for the PCI Express slots and the build quality of MSI Graphics cards. Now, matching MSI gaming hardware not only gives your gaming PC some fiery red dragon looks but also your gaming experience will benefit from a powerful boost in graphics.
|AMD CrossfireX Multi-GPU Support
AMD CrossFireX is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Enabling game-dominating power, AMD CrossFireX technology enables two or more discrete graphics processors to work together to improve graphics performance. AMD CrossFireX technology allows you to expand your system’s graphics capabilities. It allows you the ability to scale your system’s graphics horsepower as you need it, supporting up to four AMD Radeon HD graphics cards, making it the most scalable gaming platform ever. With an AMD CrossFireX gaming technology, the traditional graphics limitation exists no more, allowing you to enjoy higher performance as well as visual experience.
|NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Technology
NVIDIA SLI technology is a revolutionary platform innovation that allows you to intelligently scale graphics performance by combining multiple NVIDIA graphics solutions in an SLI-Certified motherboard. Using proprietary software algorithms and dedicated scalability logic in each NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU), NVIDIA SLI technology delivers up to twice the performance (with 2 cards) and 2.8X the performance (with 3 cards) compared to a single graphics solution.
|Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0 Technology
Lucid Virtu MVP 2.0 is the latest GPU Virtualization technology allowing you to utilize your CPU's integrated Intel HD graphics cores in combination with a powerful discrete graphics card to get more gaming performance! Virtual V-Sync is the most important feature for gamers as it allows you to run at a smooth fixed framerate, without compromising in mouse responsiveness, which is the biggest drawback of traditional V-Sync.
|Dual-Channel DDR3 3000(OC) MHz Support
The motherboard supports 32GB DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of up to 3000(OC) MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia and Internet applications.
|Bundled Cooler Master Seidon 120M Water Cooler
The Seidon 120M is Cooler Master’s latest, incredibly compact watercooling kit that aims to bring watercooling to the masses. It fits in virtually every case, is compatible with every available Intel and AMD platform, and as easy to install as a heatsink. It comes factory filled, sealed and tested with a two year zero maintenance guarantee. Thanks to a 120mm PWM fan with a wide RPM range Seidon can operate silently or unleash a powerful cooling storm at your command.
|Total Fan Control
Total Fan Control gives you complete control of all your fans to enable you to find the best balance of fan performance and silence. Because you can also monitor and record all your fan information, a great pool of information is available to base the fan settings on.
|Dragon Heat Sink
With an awesome product comes an inspiring heat sink! Styled after the iconic MSI GAMING Dragon. The heat sink is oversized to provide the best thermal transfer and heat dissipation to enable your PC to just game 24 hours per day.
Reward your ears with true quality. Get ready for ear-drum shattering sound, with MSI Audio Boost! With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games. Because the complete audio circuitry is isolated from other features, you'll enjoy less interference and more stability. The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your gaming PC.
|Sound Blaster Cinema
Hear your enemies perfectly, even on an ear-drum shattering battlefield. Thanks to Sound Blaster Cinema, you're getting amazing surround sound with just stereo headphones. Your most important gaming sound effects are reproduced crystal clear allowing you to focus on your game even during extremely long gaming sessions. Powered by the SBX Pro Studio technologies, Sound Blaster Cinema enables you to clearly hear specific sounds in gaming environments, making your ears a decisive tool on the battlefield
SATA 6Gb/s provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3Gb/s, and increases the data transfer rate between your motherboard and internal storage devices, such as 7200RPM HDDs, 10000RPM HDDs and SSDs. It's also the current trend for upcoming high-speed internal storage devices to break the existing bottleneck of a PC's performance.
Compared to the 480Mbps provided by traditional USB 2.0, the all-new USB 3.0's 5Gb/s offers 10 times the transfer bandwidth, so transferring a Blu-ray movie takes less than one minute. MSI also has implemented a front panel USB 3.0 port, making the use of an external USB 3.0 device even more convenient.
MSI's exclusive Super RAID application helps to easily setup and configure to boost your system performance and stay current with automatic, no-wait updates to your e-mail, social networks, news, and more via the 3 Intel key technologies, Intel Rapid Start, Intel Smart Response and Intel Smart Connect.
|Killer E2200 Game Networking
The Killer E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available. Through the detection and prioritization of gaming traffic you can finally fully utilize your network without fear of being kicked from an on-line game because of high ping. This enables true multi-tasking without manually enabling or disabling applications, updates and installations. Killer networking actually allows you to use your PC 24 hours a day.
|Gaming Device Port
You want more FPS, lower ping, but why use a pro-gaming mouse with old-fashioned standards? MSI Gaming Device Port is optimized for high polling rate mice (500 to 1000 Hz) which lowers your mouse's response time from 8 milliseconds to 1 millisecond! This gives a much smoother mouse response in games. The additional gold plating on the ports enhances the durability drastically and ensures your PS/2 and USB ports are always working when you ship out to a LAN party
Software and Bios Features
|Click BIOS 4
The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only reacting faster and running smoother, it also has better mouse support. Click BIOS 4 comes with many cool features, such as Hardware Monitor, Board Explorer, and OC Profile Preview. Hardware monitor allows you to take control of your system through Total Fan and check your primary system characteristics in an easy graphical interface. Board explorer gives you detailed info about on-board components on mouse-over and let you quickly identify connected ports and devices. With OC Profile Preview you can see the differences between your current system settings and any of the eight profiles you can have stored.
|MSI Command Center
MSI Command Center gives you complete freedom to adjust your system settings. Fan Curve Tuning helps to completely control all your fans to enable you to find the best balance of fan performance and silence. Easily configure a RAMDisk to give an enormous speed boost to your system by storing your most used files in RAM. MSI Command Center Mobile APP is a user-friendly app that lets you control every aspect of your motherboard with your mobile device.
No more waiting to enter your Opertating System! With MSI Fast Boot your motherboard will boot lightning fast. MSI also adds the GO2BIOS button. Simply click it to reset your PC and then go straight to the system BIOS. Ideal for users who make frequent changes to BIOS settings.
Compared to common motherboards which need extra BIOS chips on the motherboard, MSI's M-Flash allows all of your BIOS data to be saved onto a USB drive. The stored data not only has backup and upgrade functions, it can also be seen as a portable BIOS chip which is actually able to boot up your PC.
|Live Update 5
MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving your time and lowering the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or downloading the app free from the MSI website.
|Windows 8 Ready
This MSI mainboard is officially certified from Microsoft for Windows 8 compatibility. MSI are the only leading mainboard brand that runs 3DMark for Windows 8 successfully on their certified mainboards, which proves that MSI is fully ready for Windows 8 in terms of both software and hardware, safeguarding the Windows 8 system’s stability and compatibility for consumers and providing the best user experience!
|Model Number||Z87-G45 Gaming|
|Dimensions||30.5cm x 24.5cm|
|Compatible Processors||Intel 4th Generation Core i7/i5/i3
Intel 4th Generation Core Pentium
Intel 4th Generation Celeron
|Socket Type||LGA 1150|
|Power Design||8 Phase|
Note: Please refer to MSI Website for Intel CPU Support List
|Chipset Type||Z87 Express|
|RAM Installed / Max Capacity||0 MB / 32 GB Max|
|RAM Slots||4 x DDR3 DIMM|
|Supported RAM Technology||Dual Channel DDR3|
|Supported RAM Speeds||Up to DDR3 3000(OC) MHz|
|Expansion Slots Total (Free)||3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (Single at x16 / Dual at x8/x8)
4 x PCIe 2.0 x1
VGA & Integrated Graphics Options
|Video Controller||Supports Intel HD Graphics|
|Multi-GPU Support||Supports AMD CrossFireX
Supports NVIDIA SLI
Ports & Connectivity - External IO Panel (Back of Motherboard)
|Ports Present & Quantity||1 x PS/2 Keyboard/mouse combo port
1 x HDMI
1 x DVI-D
1 x DSub
4 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
1 x Optical SPDIF
1 x Coaxial SPDIF
1 x Clear CMOS Button
8-channel Audio I/O ports
Ports & Connectivity - Internal IO (Header pins on Motherboard - Inside Case)
|Ports Present & Quantity||ATX 24-Pin power connector
8-pin ATX 12V power connector
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
3 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports)
1 x USB 3.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports)
2 x 4-pin CPU fan connectors
3 x 4-pin system fan connectors
1 x TPM Module connector
1 x Serial port connector
1 x Front Panel Audio connector
2 x System panel connectors
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
1 x V-Check Points Set (7x V-Check connectors)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
Storage Interfaces & Controllers
|Intel Z87 Express||6 x SATA 6Gb/s (RAID 0,1,5,10)
1 x mSATA 6Gb/s
LAN & Networking
|Ports||1 x LAN(RJ45) port|
|Features||8-Channel HD Audio
Features & Technologies
|Feature List||Support for OC Genie 4
Support for Click BIOS 4
Support for Command Center
Support for Fast Boot
Support for M-Flash
Support for Live Update 5
Cooler Master Seidon 120M Specification
|CPU Socket||Intel LGA 2011 / 1366 / 1156 / 1155 / 1150 / 775
AMD Socket FM1 / AM3+ / AM3 / AM2
|Dimension||70 x 27mm|
|Radiator Dimensions||150.3 x 118 x 27mm|
|Fan Dimension||120 x 120 x 25 mm|
|Fan Speed||600~2400 RPM|
|Fan Airflow||19.17 ~ 86.15 CFM|
|Fan Air Pressure||0.31 ~ 4.16 mm H2O|
|Fan Life Expectancy||40,000 hours|
|Pump Life Expectancy||70,000 hours|
Delivery Options Available
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