Going into the review, I had high expectations based on my experiences with MSI`s Z77 MPOWER board. The Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt did not disappoint. While it doesn`t have all the bells and whistles of the higher boards, MSI kept to a usable feature set and did not compromise on the board build quality or design layout. The board performs well in both stock and overclocked conditions with its performance more than I expected from such a moderately priced board. One of the more impressive features of the board is its included Thunderbolt port in the rear panel - MSI was able to include that in the board`s design without compromising much."
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