MSI Z77A-G45 & Lightning GTX680 Review

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MSI are using a very clean UEFI style bios with six separate subsections. Main settings, Overclocking Settings, ECO energy saver settings, Browser, Flash and Live Update utilities and Password Security.

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The main settings panel gives a brief overview of the system alongside SATA, CPU and memory configurations.

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There are a series of submenus within the main ‘Settings’ panel, as shown above.

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The boot configuration is always one of the first places to visit, especially if you are installing the operating system from a USB bluray drive, like we are.

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An overview of the overclock setting panel. We are using Corsair Dominator 2,666mhz memory and the Z77A-G45 has defaulted to 1,333mhz, a safe first boot option.

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The ECO energy savings panel shows the PC health status and some options for fine tuning power saving settings.

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We adjusted the memory settings to use the XMP profile, as shown above. A quick reboot and the system was running at native 2,666mhz memory timings of 10-12-12.

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Overclocking with the MSI Z77A-G45 was extremely straightforward. We pushed the Intel Core i7 3770k to 4.8ghz with 1.3 volts and set the VDROOP to +100% for added stability. It really was as simple as that. We have used this particular processor in many reviews and this is the limit with a modest voltage boost, ideal for a 24/7 configuration.

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System validation is available over here. The memory was running at 2,666mhz (checked by CPUz), although the online validation showed 2,400mhz.

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  • Xtreme

    Thats a very good value for money mobo. I didnt have a good experience with my last MSI board however so went back to ASUS.

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  • EsOne

    id love a GTX680 for my system, reckon they might drop to £199 in January? :p

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  • Mannucuna

    I need to upgrade my motherboard, its a Z68 and its flaky. one of the first out and my SATA ports are becoming tempremental :(

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  • http://www.durontotech.com/intel-desktop-board-dx79sr-overview/ meceil

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