MSI 770-C45 Motherboard Review

MSI 770-C45 Motherboard Review

Besides the popular MSI P55-GD65, MSI also has a very popular board for the AMD setup – the 770-C45.

The Appearance

A simple board with probably everything you need.

MSI 770-C45 Motherboard Review

Solid capacitors.

MSI 770-C45 Motherboard Review

Well placed SATA connectors but I would prefer the angle to be the other way, I find myself having to twist my SATA cable quite a fair bit when I swapped the board from P55-GD65 to this.

MSI 770-C45 Motherboard Review

DIMM slots are pretty close to the socket. As you can see, it’s DDR3 board.

MSI 770-C45 Motherboard Review

Heatsink, nothing spectacular here.

MSI 770-C45 Motherboard Review

Ample space on the other side, right behind the IO ports.

MSI 770-C45 Motherboard Review

The Easy OC Switch – I was like WOW……… when was the last time I saw this? More than a decade ago, I never thought anyone would even consider using DIP switches again. In fact I’ve not seen any for nearly a past decade, it’s been long gone since BIOS overclocking was introduced.

MSI 770-C45 Motherboard Review

More Details on specification and bundle are available at the official product page.

User Experience

For a board this price, it’s value for money BUT that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have weaknesses.

As what I’ve mentioned earlier, the DIMM slot and processor socket is pretty close. Besides that, Easy OC Switch is badly placed. Refer to photo #1 – where is that? Just below the PCI-E x16 slot.

I think MSI should know better that graphic cards, even the ones they produce, often occupy 2 PCI-E slots. This means the heatsink is generally hovering over that area. I did manage to fiddle with the switch without having to remove the card but even with fingers that aren’t stubby, I had to maneuver my way to adjust the switches. I was using the PowerColor HD5770 PCS+ at that time, so if it was another card with bigger cooler then it’s almost a hopeless case.

Sorry to say that MSI’s “EASY OC” concept has never been easy – even the P55 and X58 with OC Genie requires you to open the board before OCing.

Does the Easy OC Switch work? Yes it does. The Easy OC Switch allows 10%, 15% and 20% overclock set up. I managed to overclock the Athlon II X2 250, with speed boost up to 15%. At 20% configuration, the system just wouldn’t enter POST. I have to manually overclock the processor to reach 20% overclock.

Besides that, my other issue was with the audio. I had tried to run the 770-C45 with Windows Vista but it just wouldn’t work in the audio department. Latest drivers didn’t help either. Windows Media Player would prompt me for the lack of audio playback device while Windows Device Manager sees a Realtek audio device installed. Running it on Windows 7 on the other hand, eliminates the problem altogether.

Conclusion

While I have my share of concerns with the board, I think it’s still a value for money board – especially with the OC switch, it’s very helpful for anyone who wants to get a little more out of their processor.

goldfries recommended

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4 Comments

  1. hello, thanks for your unbiased reviews, I, myself bought this great board lately which came with a plus – a black pcb which matched my thermaltake v3 black edition chassis.

  2. Sold a PC with that motherboard. Great value, one of the cheapest motherboards around able to unlock cores. Unlocked 710 X3 to X4 with latest BIOS, way easier than it was with gigabyte that needs some special BIOS version to do it. The processor power diagram is 4+2, right? This is one of the weaknesses, it doesn’t support 140W CPU’s and might also impact the OC. Then again, these ultra good motherboards cost like 2x more, so it makes more sense to spend that on better CPU. Hopefully it will support upcoming X6 processors.

  3. juzz bought one.. thx for the review. RM 150 for this mobot is a good deal.
    thx for letting me decide what best board to buy, this surely cheap and good.


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