Loading build...
Loading...
Your Shops

MSI

MSI 870 C45

The MSI 870 C45 is compatible with Intel processors with the Socket AM3 socket.

It has 16 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

5.8

MSI 870 C45

help iconCPU SocketSocket AM3help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Chipset770help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM16 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.06
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 800 MHz
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots3help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 2 x fan header
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • System Panel Connection
  • TPM Chip
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear6help iconBack Panel I/O
  • 1 x Serial Port
  • Line Out Connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x

MSI 870 C45 compatibility review

The MSI 870 C45 uses the Intel Socket AM3 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1600 MHz, and 4 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 16 GB RAM.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the MSI 870 C45 should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The MSI 870 C45 has 6 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The MSI 870 C45 does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 1 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the MSI 870 C45's PCIe v2.x. The MSI 870 C45 does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The MSI 870 C45 has 9 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

Merchant Comparison
Merchant Price
amazon $21.51
Custom PC Builder Auto PC Builder Compare Mobo All Motherboard list
Best Compatible Hardware by Price
Type :
$ $

Similar Motherboards to MSI 870 C45