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The MSi 880GM-E43 is a budget-friendly M-ATX motherboard with an AM3 socket geared for a Phenom II or Athlon II CPU.

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Pros

easy to overclock CPU and unlock extra cores

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can support more RAM than most boards in the same range

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can handle a variety of peripherals with no conflicts

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durable and reliable operation

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Cons

missing extra features such as USB 3.0

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unable to handle more than one video card, won't be able to do Crossfire

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built-in Dolby sound does not work with Windows 7

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The MSi 880GM-E43 is a budget-friendly M-ATX motherboard with an AM3 socket geared for a Phenom II or Athlon II CPU. It builds from the E41 from the 880GM series by adding along more USB ports and, more importantly, support for eSATA. Otherwise It features support for six SATA drives, Gigabit LAN, USB 2.0, RAID, six audio jacks, and dual-channel DDR3 RAM. Like its predecessor, the 880GM-E43 is VGA and HDMI compatible and hosts DirectX 10.1. Featured also is an OC Genie smart overclocking chip so that anyone without technical experience can safely overlock their system without worry. Missing however is support for SLI, CrossFire or Firewire.

Features
  • M-ATX Motherboard
  • AM3 Socket
  • Geared for Phenom II CPU
  • All Supports Athlon II
  • AMD 880G+SB710 Chipset
  • DDR3 Memory Only (Dual Channel)
  • Four DIMM Slots (16GB Max)
  • PCI-Ex16 x1
  • PCI-E Gen2 (1x16)
  • PCI-Ex1 x1
  • PCI x2
  • IDE x1
  • SATA-II x5
  • RAID 0/0+1/JBOD
  • 10/100/1000 LAN
  • 6 Audio Ports
  • USB 2.0 x6
  • eSATA x1
  • VGA x1
  • HDMI x1
  • DirectX 10.1
  • Active Phase Switching
  • Auto OC Genie
  • Unlock CPU Core
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