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MSI Z77A-G41 Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) Motherboard

i7 / i5 / i3 Support (2nd / 3rd Gen), ATX, DDR3 (max 32GB), 4 x USB3, 8 x USB2, 2 x SATA3, 4 x SATA2, HDMI, DSub

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CPU and Chipset Features



Intel 3rd and 2nd Generation Core i7/i5/i3 Processors Ready
This motherboard supports Intel 3rd generation (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core processor-based platform and 2nd generation (Sandy Bridge) Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based platform and 2nd generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.

Intel Z77 Express Chipset
The Intel Z77 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design to support socket 1155 Intel 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based platform and 2nd generation Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z77 chipset provides 4 USB 3.0 ports for 10 times faster data retrieval speed. Moreover, Intel Z77 Express Chipset can also enable iGPU function, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance.

Performance and Stability Features


Military Class III
MSI mainboards maintain the commitment to product stability and reliability by introducing Military Class III components! including SFC and Solid CAP which have passed MIL-STD-810G certification, making MSI's Military Class III components synonymous with premium quality and ultimate stability.

Graphics Features


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.

Memory Features


Dual-Channel DDR3 2800 MHz Support
The motherboard supports up to 32GB DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of up to 2800(OC) 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.



USB 3.0
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.

Software and Bios Features


OC Genie II
OC Genie II provides an instant performance boost, optimizing CPU, memory, integrated graphics, and storage device performance with the function enabled.

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.
Click Bios 2
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.

Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology gets your device up and running faster from even the deepest sleep. This means users will be able to experience almost zero power draw from their PC, but be able to resume Windows 7 is a few seconds without having the PC go through a full system boot. With Intel Rapid Start Technology the previous session resumes to the exact as it was, so that applications are still in the same state and no application data is lost.

Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology means that your email, favorite apps, and social networks are continually and automatically updated even when the system is asleep. No more waiting for the latest world news or friends' updates to be delivered—just press the 'on' button and you're up-to-date and ready to go.

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!

General

Part Number Z77A-G41
Model Number Z77A-G41
Form Factor ATX
Width 30.5cm
Depth 21.6cm

Processor Information
Compatible Processors Intel 3rd Generation Core i7 / i5 / i3
Intel 2nd Generation Core i7 / i5 / i3
Intel Pentium
Intel Celeron
Socket Type LGA 1155

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

Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Type Z77 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 2800(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
2 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/mouse port
4 x USB 2.0 ports
2 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x RJ45 LAN jack
1 x 3 in 1 audio jack
1 x HDMI port
1 x VGA port

Ports & Connectivity - Internal IO (Header pins on Motherboard - Inside Case)
Ports Present & Quantity ATX 24-Pin power connector
8-pin ATX 12V power connector
CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN connectors
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
4 x Serial ATAII connectors
2 x Serial ATAIII connectors
2 x USB 2.0 connectors
1 x USB 3.0 connector
1 x Serial port connector
1 x Parallel port connector
1 x TPM Module connector
1 x Front Panel Audio connector
1 x Front Panel connector
1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
1 x Voice Genie connector (optional)
1 x MultiConnect Panel connector (optional)

Storage Interfaces & Controllers
Intel Z77 2 x SATA 6Gb/s (RAID 0,1,5,10)
4 x SATA 3Gb/s (RAID 0,1,5,10)

LAN & Networking
Controller Realtek 8111E
Lan Speed 10/100/1000
Ports 1 x LAN(RJ45) port

Audio
Controller/Codec/Information Realtek ALC887
Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec

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