Z77A-G45 GAMING


Intel® Z77 Express Chipset

  • Supports 3rd Gen & 2nd Gen Intel® Core™ / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1155 socket
  • DDR3-3000 (OC) Memory
  • USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • Military Class III: Top Quality & Stability
  • OC Genie II: Overclock in 1 Second
  • Click BIOS II: World's 1st UEFI and Software Graphical User Interface
  • PCI Express Gen 3: World's 1st PCI Express Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • Multi-GPU Support: NVIDIA SLI & AMD CrossFire Support
  • Sound Blaster Cinema: Realistic Surround Sound Experience
  • Gaming Device Port: Optimized with Triple Gold-plating for High Frequency Gaming Devices
  • Total Fan Control: Optimize All Fan Speed As You Wish
  • Lucid Virtu MVP: Uncompromised Game Response Performance

 

 

 

 

Let the Games Begin


MSI Z77 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.

 
 

The Best Gaming Weapons at Hand

The highest frag and the lowest lag with Killer™ E2200
Game networking
Military Class III components
Gaming device port
Optimized for multiple graphics cards
Boosting performance thanks to OC Genie II
Top quality audio solution with Sound Blaster Cinema
Supports DDR3 3000 memory for super fast loading
   

 

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Killer™ E2200 Game Networking
 

 

 
 
Kill Your Lag!

 

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.

 
Gaming Benefits
 
more responsive
smoother gameplay
faster reactions

Technical Benefits
 
3x more gold than regular connectors
10x longer lifetime when plugging and unplugging
prevents oxidation
 


 
 
 

 

 
Top Quality Audio
With 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.

 

 

Optimized for Multiple Graphics Cards

MSI Z77 GAMING motherboards feature one or more PCI-Express 3.0 slots, perfectly aligned and with enough space for an optimal airflow when using multiple graphics cards. That way, you will never have to worry about an overheating PC, while you are enjoying the best graphics jumping off from your monitor when running a NVIDIA® SLI™ or AMD Crossfire gaming setup.

 

 

 


Military Class III Components

Military Class III components is the next step in high quality components. The Super Ferrite Choke and Solid CAP will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme gaming conditions.


Solid CAP


With their aluminum core design, Solid CAP's have been a staple in high-end design mainboard designs and provides lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) as well as its over-10-year lifespan.
 

 

 






Super Ferrite Choke


Super Ferrite Chokes use a Ferrite core that is Super-Permeable. This allows the Super Ferrite Chokes to run at a 35 degree Celsius lower temperature, have a 30% higher current capacity, a 20% improvement in power efficiency and better overclocking power stability.

 

 

OC Genie II

MSI is the world's first to built-in the OC Genie automatically overclocking technology on its motherboard platforms. Now we have implemented the revolutionary OC Genie II button on our GAMING motherboard series. Just press the OC Genie button on the motherboard, or enable the OC Genie function in the BIOS menu and the system's performance will be boosted.

 


 

 

Supports DDR3-3000 (OC) Memory for Super Fast Loading

Tired of everlasting loading screens? The MSI Z77 Gaming series motherboards offer support for DDR3 3000 MHz memory modules. That way, you will not have to miss out on any gaming action because your in-game levels will be loaded superfast!

 

 

Note: The gaming memory module photo is for reference only. Not a retail product.


 

Click BIOS II


Click BIOS 2 gives an easy to navigate full featured graphical user interface to the traditional BIOS features. Support-ing the latest hardware like 3TB hard drives and a wide range of languages.

 

Total Fan Control

 

Total Fan Control gives you complete control of CPU and system 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.
*Fan control mode are different by various model,  please find out user manual for you reference. 

 

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.



 

 

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

  • Best Buy
    2013-05
    Italy
    “The selling price in Italy of the MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming amounted to 145/150 € VAT included. about 30 euro more than the variant Z77A-G45 standard. An amount adequate to the new features specific for gamers. also when compared with the range Gigabyte G1 Kil...
    8878
  • Gamers Choice
    2013-04
    UK
    “Whether it's the OpenGL result in CineBench R11.5. or the excellent results we saw in both Unigine and 3D Mark. the MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming lives up to its billing as designed for gamers„„ “The only real competition for the G45 comes from MSI themselves. wi...
    8807
  • The choice of gamers
    2013-04
    Ukraine
    “Motherboard MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING is a solution that is primarily oriented to gamers. The main advantages of MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING necessary to highlight high quality element base. which corresponds to the concept of «Military Class III». an original appeara...
    8808
  • Best For Gamer's
    2013-04
    Iran
    8829
  • Gold/ Best Buy Award
    2013-04
    Italy
    “Overall. analyzing the fund performance and the characteristics of the functional. we were very pleased with this MSi motherboard!„
    8809
  • Recommended Hardware
    2013-04
    Germany
    “For those who aim to save every penny. you can find a camparably good board with the Z77A-G45 ata low price of below 100 Euro. For those who like the nice visual of the Z77A-G45 Gaming and also likes the additional features this board offers. gets quite ...
    8806
  • Gold Award
    2013-04
    United States
    "The MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming motherboard is a standard ATX form factor board and supports the newest Ivy Bridge processors and Sandy Bridge. The Z77A-G45 Gaming board is targeted at people who are looking for high end features at a mainstream price point. MSI...
    8772
  • Socket
    1155
  • CPU (Max Support)
    i7
  • FSB/BCLK/Hyper Transport Bus
    100MHz
  • Chipset
    Intel® Z77 Express Chipset
  • DDR3 Memory
    1066/1333/1600*/1866*/2000*/2133*(OC), 2200*/2400*/2600*/2667*/2800*/3000*(OC, 22nm CPU required)
  • Memory Channel
    Dual
  • DIMM Slots
    4
  • Max Memory (GB)
    32
  • PCI-Ex16
    3
  • PCI-E Gen
    Gen3 (16, 8), Gen2 (4)
  • PCI-Ex1
    4
  • SATAIII
    2
  • SATAII
    4
  • RAID
    0/1/5/10
  • TPM (header)
    1
  • LAN
    10/100/1000*1
  • USB 3.0 ports (Rear)
    2
  • USB 2.0 ports (Rear)
    4
  • Audio ports (Rear)
    6+Coaxial / Optical SPDIF
  • VGA
    1
  • HDMI
    1
  • DVI
    1
  • VGA Max Share Memory (MB)
    1760
  • DirectX
    11
  • Form Factor
    ATX
  • APS
    Y
  • SLI
    Y
  • CrossFire
    Y
  • Dual Graphics
    Y

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 


CPU 

• Supports 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors for LGA 1155 socket
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.
 


Chipset

• Intel® Z77 Chipset
 

Main Memory

• Support four DDR3 DIMMs 1066/1333/1600*/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2667*/2800*/3000*(OC) DRAM (32GB Max)
- Supports Dual-Channel mode
* To support DDR3 2200*/2400*/2600*/2667*/2800*(OC), you must install an Intel 22nm CPU
   Note:  DDR 1600 memory support will vary based on the CPU use


Slots

• 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
• 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
-  PCI_E7 supports up to PCIe 2.0 x4 speed
• 4 x PCIe x1 slots
 


On-Board SATA

SATAII controller integrated in Intel® Z77 chipset
- Up to 3Gb/s transfer speed.
- Supports four SATAII ports (SATA3~6) by Z77 

SATAIII controller integrated in Intel® Z77 chipset
- Up to 6Gb/s transfer speed.
- Supports two SATAIII ports (SATA1~2) by  Z77 

• RAID
- SATA1~6 support Intel® Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (AHCI/ RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 10) by Intel® Z77
 


USB 3.0

• 4 x USB 3.0 ports by Intel® Z77 (rear x 2, front x 2)
 


Audio 

• Chipset integrated by Realtek® ALC892
- Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
- Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
 


LAN 

• Supports one PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet killer E2205
 


Internal I/O Connectors

- 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
- 3 x USB 2.0 connectors
- 1 x USB 3.0 connector
- 1 x Serial port connector
- 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
- 1 x Front Panel Audio connector
- 1 x Front Panel connector
- 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
 


Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
- 1 x Clear CMOS button
- 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF-out port
- 1 x Optical S/PDIF-out port
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports
- 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack
- 1 x HDMI® port with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @60Hz
- 1 x DVI port with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @60Hz
- 1 x Gradphics Card port with max. resolution up to 2048x1536 @75Hz

MSI Reminds You...
• HDMI, DVI-D & Graphics Card ports support dual-display function by any two output ports (HDMI+DVI,DVI+VGA or VGA+HDMI).

 


BIOS

• The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
• The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.
 


Dimension

• 304.80cm(L) x 243.84cm(W) ATX Form Factor

 


Mounting

• 9 mounting holes.
 

 

 

The Specification may change without notice. The actual products sold are different from areas. Please check the detailed Specification with your local dealers.

 

*Please download and execute the file in USB pen drive only. System will restart several times to update ME firmware after updated system BIOS. Please DO NOT remove the USB pen drive until ME update sucessfully. *Please make sure you have read the SOP before you update the BIOS. SOP Download: BIOS & ME update SOP *MSI recommend you to update BIOS with ME8 only if you are using IvyBridge 22nm CPU. **Please reinstall driver after updating BIOS with ME8. OS: Windows 7 OS: Windows XP

!Attention:

Users who download BIOS from here (not using Live Update) should use the flash utility included in the downloaded compressed file when doing the BIOS update. To avoid BIOS update failure, please do not use older versions of the update utility or utilities not provided by MSI.


We suggest using Chrome, Firefox 3.0 or IE 8.0 above browsers to download BIOS, Drivers, etc.

 

  • type
    AMI BIOS
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-10-30
  • description
    - Update MFLASH module.
    - Update ME8.1.50.1456.
    - Update audio table.
    - Support KAMA reader Tr, Akasa USB card reader.
  • version
    17.2
  • size
    5.58 MB
  • file
  • type
    AMI BIOS
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-08-13
  • description
    - Update IVB CPU Micro Code.
    - Update ME firmware version to v.8.1.40.1416.
    - Support LSI 9270-8i RAID card.
    - Improved memory compatibility.
  • version
    17.1
  • size
    5.57 MB
  • file
  • type
    AMI BIOS
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-03-25
  • description
    New BIOS Release
  • version
    17.0
  • size
    5.64 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    System & Chipset Drivers
  • os
    Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, XP 64, XP 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-10-16
  • note
    For Intel ME FW 8.1 system
  • version
    8.1.30.1349
  • size
    55.6 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    System & Chipset Drivers
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, XP 64, XP 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-10-14
  • version
    9.4.0.1026
  • size
    5.27 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    System & Chipset Drivers
  • os
    Win7 64, Win7 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-04-10
  • version
    1.0.8.251
  • size
    5.2 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    System & Chipset Drivers
  • os
    Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-03-26
  • version
    11.5.4.1001
  • size
    12 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    System & Chipset Drivers
  • os
    XP 64, XP 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2012-11-14
  • description
    Intel Trusted Platform chipset driver
    XP: 2.01.0001.00
  • version
    2.01.0001.00
  • size
    0.06 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    On-Board LAN Drivers
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2014-01-28
  • version
    1.1.39.1040
  • size
    119.89 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    On-Board LAN Drivers
  • os
    XP 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-07-03
  • version
    8.0.2.6
  • size
    0.06 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    On-Board Audio Drivers
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, XP 64, XP 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2014-01-03
  • description
    WinXP Driver Version: 5.10.0.7111
    Windows 8.1/8/7 Version: 6.0.1.7111
  • version
    6.0.1.7111
  • size
    220.59 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    On-Board PIDE/SATA Drivers
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-10-21
  • version
    3.0.0.1052
  • size
    1.91 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    On-Board PIDE/SATA Drivers
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-10-15
  • version
    12.8.0.1016
  • size
    16.8 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    On-Board PIDE/SATA Drivers
  • os
    Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-03-07
  • description
    Intel Rapid Storage Technology for SATA RAID and AHCI mode.
  • version
    11.5.4.1001
  • size
    12 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    On-Board VGA Drivers
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-10-23
  • description
    VGA Driver
  • version
    10.18.10.3277
  • size
    256.72 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    On-Board VGA Drivers
  • os
    Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-08-19
  • description
    Only support Sandy Bridge CPU.
  • version
    9.17.10.2867
  • size
    245.44 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    On-Board VGA Drivers
  • os
    XP 64, XP 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-06-25
  • note
    .net framework 3.5 is required.
  • version
    6.14.10.5400
  • size
    53.11 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    On-Board VGA Drivers
  • os
    Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-06-07
  • note
    .net framework 3.5 is required.
  • version
    2.1.224
  • size
    21.42 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    Others Drivers
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, XP 64, XP 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-10-21
  • note
    For Intel ME FW 8.1.40 system
  • version
    9.5.15.1730
  • size
    56.19 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    Others Drivers
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-10-16
  • version
    4.2.40.2418
  • size
    26.84 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    Utility
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, XP 64, XP 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2014-04-17
  • description
    The utility for msi products to charge Apple iPad/iPhone series.
  • note
    When connect iPad to USB port for charging, please remove other USB devices for stability.
  • version
    1.2.025
  • size
    3.15 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    Utility
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, XP 64, XP 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2014-04-03
  • description
    • Online update BIOS/Driver/Firmware/Utility.
    • Live Monitor auto-detects and suggests the latest BIOS/Driver/Utilities information.
  • note
    For K9VGM-V (MS-7253) mainboard, please do not select the DMI option.
  • version
    5.0.115
  • size
    9.64 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    Utility
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, XP 64, XP 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-11-27
  • description
    An application for users to control the BIOS settings in O/S.
  • note
    1. .net framework 4.0 is required. 2. Intel mainboards need to install Intel ME driver to enable CPU overclock.
  • version
    1.0.123
  • size
    19.92 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    Utility
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-10-29
  • version
    1.00.05
  • size
    30.7 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    Utility
  • os
    Win8.1 64, Win8.1 32, Win8 64, Win8 32, Win7 64, Win7 32, XP 64, XP 32
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-10-23
  • description
    1. The utility for msi products to overclock & greenpower
  • note
    1. .net framework 4.0 is required. 2. Intel mainboards need to install Intel ME driver to enable CPU overclock.
  • version
    2.5.060
  • size
    24.75 MB
  • file
  • type
    Manual
  • language
    English
  • update
    2013-04-08
  • version
    3.0
  • size
    7.72 MB
  • file
  • type
    Manual
  • language
    Multi-Language
  • update
    2013-04-08
  • version
    3.0
  • size
    18.47 MB
  • file
  • type
    Manual
  • language
    Multi-Language
  • update
    2013-04-08
  • version
    3.0
  • size
    22 MB
  • file
  • title
  • type
    Quick Guide
  • language
    English
  • update
    2012-03-09
  • description
    User Guide for Virtu & Other MSI Utilities.
  • version
    1.5
  • size
    5.85 MB
  • file

    Test Report