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MSI Z68S-G43 (G3) Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

Core i7 / i5 / i3 Support, ATX, DDR3 (max 32GB), PCIe 3.0, 12 x USB2, 2 x SATA 6Gb/s, 4 x SATA 3Gb/s, RAID, DVI, VGA, 7.1 Audio

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CPU, Chipset and Graphics Features



LGA1155 Intel Second Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 Processors Ready
This motherboard supports the latest Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 processors in the LGA1155 package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.

Intel Z68 Express Chipset
The Intel Z68 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design to support socket 1155 Intel second generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z68 chipset provides 2 SATA 6Gb/s and 4 SATA 3Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval at double the bandwidth of current bus systems. Moreover, Intel Z68 Express Chipset also supports iGPU function, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance.

PCI Express Gen 3
With ultra-high 32GB/s transfer bandwidth, PCI Express Gen 3 provides a 2X faster transfer rate than the previous generation, this delivers amazing capabilities for true next generation extreme gaming.

Virtu Switchable Graphics
Based on LucidLogix Virtu technology, MSI Z68 mainboard series provide switchable graphics, which allows users to enjoy both the graphics power of an integrated GPU and discrete GPU. It will switch to integrated GPU for HD movie playback, video transcoding and general applications to save system energy, or release full power for hardcore 3D gaming by switching to the discrete GPU automatically.



AMD CrossfireX Multi-GPU Technology
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.

Memory Features


Dual-Channel 2133(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz support
The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of DDR3 2133(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest 3D graphics, multimedia and Internet applications.

Transfer Features




SATA 6Gb/s
SATA 6Gb/s provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3Gb/s, and increases the data transfer rate between your mainboard 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 to break the existing bottleneck of a PC’s performance.

Overclocking Features


OC Genie II (Z68)
Just press the OC Genie button or enable OC Genie II function in BIOS menu, the CPU, memory, iGPU and HDD performance will be highly improved. Whether users want to watch a high bit-rate HD movie or go online gaming, both can be enjoyed with image performance that is smoother and lag-free!

Instant OC
Instant OC is a motherboard monitoring tool that allows the user to intelligently auto set the clock speed and clotage of the CPU and memory to enable greater performance. Instant OC's user friendly interface has 4 pre-set Instant OC Modes.

Audio Features


THX True Studio Pro
THX is a trade mark of a high-end audio/visual reproduction standard for movies, home theaters, computer speakers and other audio devices. THX Certified Audio products are designed to let users experience movies & videos as if they were live shows. The true sound effect can make high definition video more powerful and realistic for the viewer.

Other Features


Click Bios II
MSI ClickBIOS II provides a consistent user interface both in the UEFI BIOS and in Windows, it provides the most convenient way for users to control system settings and supports touchscreen control.

M-Flash
Compared to the common mainboard which needs extra BIOS chips, MSI’s M-Flash has a double advantage. Firstly it doesn’t need extra components and secondly all your BIOS data will be saved in the USB drive. The stored data does not only have backup and upgrade function, moreover it can also be seen as a portable BIOS chip which is actually able to boot up your PC.

Winki 3
Winki 3 is a free Linux-based O/S which is based on the Linux core. With an ultra-fast booting speed and a multi-language interface, the built-in Winki 3 provides an easy-to-use internet environment that includes the most popular functions such as internet surfing, web mail, instant messaging, picture browsing, and more. It's the most practical way to be online in the shortest time.



Live Update 5
MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving you time and lowers 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 from the MSI website.



3TB+ Infinity
3TB+ Infinity is not only breaking through the limit of traditional BIOS, but also enhancing the utilization of hard drive efficiently. In addition to supporting the latest 3TB hard drives, MSI 3TB+ Infinity technology can use the 3TB hard drive as boot disk when installing a 64-bit operating system. Compared to our competitors, MSI 3TB+ Infinity is an industry-leading technology which substantially presents an advantage of development and application in the future.

General

Part Number Z68S-GD43 (G3)
Model Number Z68S-GD43 (G3)
Form Factor ATX
Width 30.5cm
Depth 22.0m

Processor Information
Compatible Processors Intel Core i7
Intel Core i5
Intel Core i3
Socket Type LGA 1155

Note: Please refer to www.msi.com for CPU Support List

Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Type Z68 Express

Memory
RAM Installed / Max Capacity 0 MB / 32 GB Max
RAM Slots 4 x DDR3 DIMM
Supported RAM Technology Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM
Supported RAM Speeds DDR3 2133(OC)/1600/1333/1066 MHz

Expansion Slots
Expansion Slots Total (Free) 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1
3 x PCI

VGA & Integrated Graphics Options
Video Controller Supports Intel HD Graphics
Multi-GPU Support Supports AMD CrossfireX

Ports & Connectivity - External IO Panel (Back of Motherboard)
Ports Present & Quantity 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port
1 x PS/2 Mouse port
6 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x DSub Port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack
1 x 3 in 1 audio jack

Ports & Connectivity - Internal IO (Header pins on Motherboard - Inside Case)
Ports Present & Quantity ATX 24-Pin power connector
4-pin ATX 12V power connector
CPU x 1 / System x 3 FAN connectors
Front panel audio connector
Front panel connector
1 x chasis intrusion connector
4 x USB 2.0 connectors
4 x Serial ATAII connectors
2 x Serial ATAIII connectors
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x SPDIF-out connector
1 x TPM module connector
1 x Serial port connector
1 x Parallel port connector

Storage Interfaces & Controllers
Intel Z68 Express Chipset 2 x SATA 6Gb/s (RAID 0,1,5,10)
4 x SATA 3Gb/s (RAID 0,1,5,10)

LAN & Networking
Controller Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit LAN
Lan Speed 10/100/1000
Ports 1 x LAN(RJ45) port

Audio
Controller/Codec/Information Realtek ALC887 codec
Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
Meet Microsoft Vista Premium spec

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