z68a g45 2 MSI set to launch more affordable Z68A G45 motherboard shortly

So far MSI has only really launched five Z68 boards, although two has already been revised with PCI Express 3.0 support for Intel's Ivy Bridge processors that should launch sometime in the first half of next year. We've managed to get hold of a couple of pictures of a more affordable ATX size board that MSI is set to launch shortly, namely the Z68A-G45, the model below the currently available Z68A-GD55.

So far MSI has only really launched five Z68 boards, although two has already been revised with PCI Express 3.0 support for Intel's Ivy Bridge processors that should launch sometime in the first half of next year. We've managed to get hold of a couple of pictures of a more affordable ATX size board that MSI is set to launch shortly, namely the Z68A-G45, the model below the currently available Z68A-GD55.

We can actually see the Z68A-G45 becoming a popular model from MSI, as although it might not be quite as feature rich as some of its more expensive counterparts; it's overall a pretty decent board. Compared to the Z68A-GD55, the Z68A-G45 is missing DrMOS (Driver MOSFETs) and the tantalum capacitors used in the VRM on the Z68A-GD55. MSI has also cut the phase count from 10 to six, but this should still prove to be sufficient even for overclockers.

z68a g45 2 MSI set to launch more affordable Z68A G45 motherboard shortly

Other changes include removal of the power, reset and OC Genie buttons, no angled SATA connectors and no metering points for the Voltages. Again, nothing that most people couldn't live without. The chipset heatsink is also somewhat smaller which is a slight concern, but we can't imagine that MSI has made it so small that there would be heat problems.

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What you do get is a pair of x16 PCI Express slots that operate in dual x8 mode, three x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. There are pin headers for eight front USB 2.0 ports as well as two USB 3.0 ports. Around the back things haven't changed at all from the more expensive model, so we're looking at a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio with optical and coaxial S/PDIF out and an HDMI, D-Sub and DVI port.

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Judging by pre-order pricing in Europe the Z68A-G45 should retail for around €130 (S$223), whereas the Z68A-GD55 is retailing for around €150 (S$257). A small price difference, but then again, none of the really important features are missing, so we weren't expecting a huge price difference in the first place.