MSI will be launching a new affordable Z68 motherboard: MSI Z68A-G45
Micro Star International or MSI will be releasing shortly their latest addition to their Z68 series motherboard, the MSI Z68A-G45, which has lesser features compared to Z68A-G55.
The MSI Z68A-G45 is said to be more affordable or cheaper as compared to it’s more expensive counterparts. Z68A-G45 lacks the DrMOS or Driver MOSFETs and tantalum capacitors unlike its big brother Z68A-G55. The phase count has also been changed from 10 down to 6.
There are few changes in the Z68A-G45, like no angled SATA ports, no power, reset and OC Genie buttons and some minor changes. Good thing about the MSI Z68A-G45 is that, it’s priced at 130 Euro or $223 USD.
MSI Z68A-G45 is still packed with great and important features like 2 x16 PCI Express slots at (x8/x8). Three x1 PCI Express and two PCI slots for expansion. It has two USB 3.0 ports and eight USB 2.0 ports. It has also PS/2 port, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out, HDMI, D-Sub and DVI Port.
More or less MSI Z68A-G45 and Z68A-G55 are almost the same, just minus some features and the price. The price difference is not that big also considering that most of the features in a Z68A motherboard is still present in Z68A-G45.