MSI Z77A-G41 Series Desktop Motherboard

BH #MSZ77AG41 • MFR #Z77A-G41
MSI Z77A-G41 Series Desktop Motherboard
Key Features
  • Military Class III Components
  • OC Genie II
  • Easy-To-Use UEFI BIOS Interface
  • Supports USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s
The Z77A-G41 Series Desktop Motherboard from MSI is based on the Intel Z77 chipset for optimal system efficiency. Designed to fit the advanced Intel LGA 1155 processor, the Z77A-GD80 Desktop Motherboard delivers a high-performance and professional desktop platform solution.

The Z77A-GD80 Desktop Motherboard supports 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 SATA 6.0 Gbps port, 5 SATA 3.0 Gbps ports and HDMI v1.4. It also features AMD CrossFire technology and Click BIOS II.
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MSI Z77A-G41 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Winki 3
  • 3Thunderbolt Technology
  • 4Military Class III Components
  • 5World's First PCIe Gen 3 Motherboard Brand
  • 6OC Genie II
  • 7World's First UEFI & Software Graphical User Interface
  • 8USB 3.0
  • 9SATA 6 Gb/s
  • 10HDMI v1.4
  • 11M-Flash
  • 12Live Update 5
  • 13USB Safeguard
  • 14AMD CrossFireX
  • 15Instant OC
  • 163TB+ Infinity

The Z77A-G41 Series Desktop Motherboard from MSI is based on the Intel Z77 chipset for optimal system efficiency. Designed to fit the advanced Intel LGA 1155 processor, the Z77A-GD80 Desktop Motherboard delivers a high-performance and professional desktop platform solution.

The Z77A-GD80 Desktop Motherboard supports 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 SATA 6.0 Gbps port, 5 SATA 3.0 Gbps ports and HDMI v1.4. It also features AMD CrossFire technology and Click BIOS II.

Winki 3

Winki 3 is a free Linux-based O/S which is based on the Linux core. With an ultra-fast booting speed and a multi-language interface, the built-in Winki 3 provides an easy-to-use internet environment that includes popular functions such as internet surfing, web mail, instant messaging, picture browsing and more. It is the most practical way to be online in the shortest time.

• User friendly & completely free applications
• Power on to run applications in 25 seconds
• Multi-language interface support

Thunderbolt Technology

Thunderbolt technology delivers 10 Gbps Full-Duplex transfer rates for smooth and responsive data and display use. Connectivity is provided through a single cable and multiple devices can be daisy-chained.

Key Features
• Dual-channel 10Gbps per port
• Bi-directional
• Dual protocol (PCIe and DisplayPort)
• Compatible with existing DisplayPort devices
• Daisy-chained devices
• Electrical or optical cables
• Low latency with highly accurate time synchronization
• Uses native protocol software drivers
• Power over cable for bus-powered devices

Military Class III Components

MSI has committed to product stability and reliability by introducing Military Class III components. In addition to the use of Hi-c CAP, SFC and Solid CAP, MSI now incorporates DrMOS II, the next-generation DrMOS that provides an integrated Double Thermal Protection to maximize the lifespan of components. All Military Class III components have passed MIL-STD-810G certification, making these components synonymous with premium quality and ultimate stability.

World's First PCIe Gen 3 Motherboard Brand

With ultra-high 32GB/s transfer bandwidth, PCIe Gen 3 provides 2X faster transfer rate than the previous generation, and delivers amazing capabilities for true next generation extreme gaming.

• 2X bandwidth
• Increased efficiency and compatibility
• Extreme performance for current and next gen PCIe cards

OC Genie II

5. OC Genie II OC Genie II provides an instant performance boost, optimizing CPU, memory, integrated graphics and storage device performance with the function enabled.

• Overclock in one second
• At least 36% boost in 3D gaming performance
• Simple and easy, no need for complex BIOS setting and extra equipment
Features may vary according to your platform and model.

World's First UEFI & Software Graphical User Interface

MSI ClickBIOS II provides a consistent user interface both in the UEFI BIOS and in Windows. It also provides the most convenient way for users to control system settings and supports touchscreen control.

• Graphical user interface with touchscreen support
• Simply click or touch and move to change settings
• Full system control, including overclocking, security and information

USB 3.0

Compared to the 480 Mbps provided by traditional USB 2.0, the all-new USB 3.0's 5 Gb/s offers 10 times the transfer bandwidth, so transferring a Blu-ray movie takes less than one minute. MSI has also implemented a front panel USB 3.0 port, making the use of an external USB 3.0 device even more convenient.

• 10X faster than USB 2.0
• Up to 5 Gb/s data transfer bandwidth
• World's first to provide front panel USB 3.0 port
• Boosts transfer rate between your PC and external storage devices

SATA 6 Gb/s

SATA 6 Gb/s provides double the bandwidth of traditional SATA 3 Gb/s, and increases the data transfer rate between your motherboard and internal storage devices, such as 7200 RPM Hard Disk Drives, 10000 RPM Hard Disk Drives and Solid State Drives. It also marks the current trend for upcoming high-speed internal storage devices to break the existing bottlenecks that affect a PC's performance.

• 2X faster than SATA 3 Gb/s
• Up to 6 Gb/s data transfer bandwidth
• Unleash the true performance of current HDDs/SSDs

HDMI v1.4

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a new generation fully digital video/audio interface which can transfer 1080p High-Definition video and audio output in a single compact connector. Supporting HDCP copy protection such as Blu-ray Discs, HDMI provides you with a superb quality home theater experience.

• Next generation multimedia interface
• Delivers full HD video & audio output in a single cable
HDMI 1.4 is only supported with 2nd generation Intel Core TM processors. Pentium and Celeron processors support HDMI 1.3


Compared to common motherboards that need extra BIOS chips, MSI's M-Flash has a double advantage. Firstly, it doesn't need extra components and secondly, all your BIOS data will be saved in the USB drive. The stored data not only has backup and upgrade functions, but can also be used as a portable BIOS chip which can actually boot up your PC.

• Backup/restore your BIOS to/from any USB flash disk
• Avoid unnecessary repair due to accident failures during the upgrading process
• Earn more BIOS lifespan by reducing unnecessary rewriting process

Live Update 5

MSI Live Update 5 is a powerful and useful application for updating the latest BIOS and Drivers, saving you time and lowers the risk of updating. End-users can install and run the Live Update 5 software on their computers with the companion CD or download the app from the MSI website.

• Automatically detects the BIOS/Driver/VGA/Utility update
• Supports Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 32bit

USB Safeguard

USB Safeguard can prevent motherboards and USB devices from being damaged by short-circuit and ESD (Electro-Static Discharge) with anti-ESD chips built into the motherboards. Additionally, the safeguard can protect against such dangers multiple times and greatly improve product lifespan.

• All MSI motherboards use USB Safeguard's anti-ESD chip for thorough protection against ESD damage
• USB Safeguard protects motherboards against a short circuit and/or ESD without the need for a fuse. It also supports stand-by power supply

AMD CrossFireX

AMD CrossFireX is the ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform. Enabling game-dominating power, AMD CrossFireX technology allows two or more discrete graphics processors to work together to improve graphics performance. This technology allows you to expand your system's graphics capabilities. Moreover, it allows you to scale your system's graphics horsepower as per your requirements, by supporting up to four AMD Radeon HD graphics cards, making it the most scalable gaming platform ever. The AMD CrossFireX gaming technology overcomes the limitation of traditional graphics, allowing you to enjoy higher performance as well as visual experience.

Instant OC

• Instant MB info monitor
• Intelligently auto-set clock/voltage of CPU and memory
• Smart Mode: 4 instant OC modes

3TB+ Infinity

3TB+ Infinity not only breaks through the limit of traditional BIOS, but also enhances the utilization of hard drives efficiently. In addition to supporting the latest 3TB hard drives, MSI 3TB+ Infinity technology uses the 3TB hard drive as a boot disk when installing a 64-bit operating system. Compared to competitors, MSI 3TB+ Infinity is an industry-leading technology which substantially presents an advantage of development and application in the future.

• Supports the current 3TB hard drivers available in the market
• Uses the 3TB hard drive as a boot disk when installing a 64-bit operating system

MSI Z77A-G41 Specs

CPUSupports 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 / Core i5 / Core i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors for LGA 1155 socket
ChipsetIntel Z77 Chipset
Form FactorATX
Main MemorySupport 4 x DDR3 DIMMs 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2667*/2800*(OC) DRAM (32 GB max)
Supports Dual-Channel mode
Slots1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
• PCI_E2 supports up to PCIe 3.0 x16 speed
• 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
• PCI_E4 supports up to PCIe 2.0 x4 speed
• 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
• 2 x PCI slots
SATA Transfer Rates SupportedSATA III controller integrated in Intel Z77 chipset
- Up to 6 Gb/s transfer speed.
- Supports 2x SATAIII ports (SATA1~2) by Z77

• SATAII controller integrated in Intel Z77 chipset
- Up to 3 Gb/s transfer speed.
- Supports 4x SATAII ports (SATA3~6) by Z77

- SATA1~6 support Intel Rapid Storage Technology enterprise (AHCI/ RAID 0/ 1/ 5/ 10) by Intel Z77
USB2 x USB 3.0 rear I/O ports by Intel Z77
1 x USB 3.0 onboard connector by Intel Z77
Chipset integrated by Realtek ALC887
- Flexible 8-channel audio with jack sensing
- Compliant with Azalia 1.0 Spec
LANSupports 1x PCIe, LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek 8111E
Multi-GPU SupportSupports ATI CrossFire technology
Supports NVIDIA SLI technology
Supports Lucid Virtu Universal MVP
Internal I/O Connectors: ATX 24-Pin power connector
- 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- CPU x 1 / System x 4 FAN connectors
- 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
- 4 x Serial ATAII connectors
- 2 x Serial ATAIII connectors
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors
- 1 x USB 3.0 connector
- 1 x Serial port connector
- 1 x Parallel port connector
- 1 x TPM Module connector
- 1 x Front Panel Audio connector
- 1 x Front Panel connector
- 1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
- 1 x Voice Genie connector (optional)
- 1 x MultiConnect Panel connector (optional)
Back Panel I/O Ports1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
- 4 x USB 2.0 ports
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports
- 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack
- 1 x 3-in-1 audio jack
- 1 x HDMI port with max resolution up to 1920 x 1200 at 60 Hz
- 1 x VGA port with max resolution up to 2048 x 1536 at 75 Hz
BIOSThe motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.
The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface (DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.
Mounting6 mounting holes
VGAMax share memory: 1760
Dimensions12.0 x 8.5" (30.5 x 21.6 cm)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.7 x 10.7 x 2.7"
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