Loading build...
Loading...
Your Shops

MSI

MSI Z77IA-E53

The MSI Z77IA-E53 is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1155/Socket H2 socket.

It has 16 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Mini-ITX form factor standard.

5.6

MSI Z77IA-E53

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetZ77help iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconForm FactorMini-ITXhelp iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconMax RAM16 GB DDR3help iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 2.02
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
  • DDR3 1866 MHz
  • DDR3 2133 MHz
  • DDR3 2400 MHz
help iconSATA 3.00
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots1help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 1 x fan header
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • TPM Chip
help iconUSB 3.0 Internal1help iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
  • 1 x eSATA
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear2

MSI Z77IA-E53 compatibility review

The MSI Z77IA-E53 uses the Intel LGA 1155/Socket H2 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 2400 MHz, and 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 16 GB RAM.

The Mini-ITX form factor is common for low-power system builds. Lower power requirements allow for less cooling, which in turn means a quieter PC. As such, the MSI Z77IA-E53 may be ideal for activities that require minimal sound excess, such as watching movies. For a gaming PC, a traditional ATX form factor is recommended, which would be more generally compatible and would provide more expansion options than Mini-ITX, but Mini-ITX is still a solid choice.

The MSI Z77IA-E53 has 2 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage. This motherboard also has 2 SATA 2.0 slots, so numerous SATA hard drives can be connected if desired.

The MSI Z77IA-E53 supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. 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 v3.0, 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 Z77IA-E53's PCIe v3.0. The MSI Z77IA-E53 does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The MSI Z77IA-E53 has 5 USB 2.0 slots and 3 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

Merchant Comparison
Merchant Price
amazon $0.00
Custom PC Builder Auto PC Builder Compare Mobo All Motherboard list
Best Compatible Hardware by Price
Type :
$ $

Similar Motherboards to MSI Z77IA-E53