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MSI Z77IA-E53 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Rating: 8.0.

Over the past year we have tested many mini-ITX motherboards which have impressed us to varying degrees.  The ASRock Z77E-ITX was a particular highlight with its stellar overclocking performance, rivaling some full-size ATX motherboards when paired with a Intel Core i7-3770K.

Today we are going to look at MSI‘s latest mini-ITX offering, the Z77IA-E53 motherboard. It’s designed for users who are looking to build a powerful compact system based around the Intel Z77 platform.  This makes it ideal for building a compact LAN gaming system in a case such as the Bitfenix Prodigy.

We will be using an Intel Core  i7-3770K for our tests today.

Features

  • OC Genie II: Auto OC to boost performance in 1 sec
  • ClickBIOS II: Easy-to-use UEFI BIOS interface
  • THX TruStudio PRO: deliver the fullest audio experience
  • Support USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s

For the full list of features and specification, please visit the MSI website here.

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  • Harris

    Ideal for a new build in the prodigy case.

  • Warren

    Good product, I like their video cards more than their motherboards lately 🙂

  • Dom

    I was quite interested in the on-board audio – they advertise the THX TruStudio, but it’s stil just a RealTek chip. I was planning on a Home-Theater/mini gaming rig, but the power seems to be very limited on ITX boards, which could be a problem if I want to upgrade.

  • Fear3d

    Very in-depth review but would have been a lot more informative if the benchmarks were also directly compared against other mitx’s of the same chipset.