Summary: My MSI Z87 board NEVER had an issue. Never a BSOD and ran amazing with 16 GB memory, 7950 Video w/ 3 GB, and I5 Processor Replaced only the board and nothing but trouble. Cutting my losses on this board. I am going to buy another one. MSI seems to be having BIOS issues and update issues.
Pros: Great features! Easy to setup! Has everything I wanted!
Cons: Replaced a MSI Z87 board that was damaged with this board. This is the poster child for BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH in WINDOWS 7 x64. The MSI auto updater never worked right. I have memory errors on My 16 GB 1333 memory. The computer blue screens at least every 30 minutes. Took out 2 sticks of memory an...
Cons: My Monitor is not coming up. I wish i had bought this at best buy, it would have been easier to return.. If i have to return all these stuff i bought here it would cost me more.. Bad first time experience
Pros: Using for 6mo now w/out any issues. Installed and setup easy. No drive loading issues. Core i5 4570, so no over clocking. Boots fast from SSD running Win 7 Home 64bit. Decided to get this over the H87 due to good price and reviews.
Cons: No issues to report. Haven't attempted a FW upgrade. No reason to chance it, if one is available. Current features work fine for me and very stable.
Summary: The Remote Wake or Smart Connect software seem of dubious utility. If you want a NAS, get a NAS.
Pros: Good mobo, easy to install, good layout. BIOS is really nice to use and the self-update could not be any easier.
Cons: No matter what I try, I can't make that motherboard stay in Sleep or Hibernate mode under Windows 8.1. First this is with a fresh Windows 8.1 install on top of a brand new ASRock motherboard. Second what does Microsoft have to do with it? You know fairly well they will tell me to contact the moth...
Summary: The RAID drivers first seemed like a killer for me, and then I found a drive pooling kernel software package that seems to be much better than RAID for my needs. It may not work for everyone, but at least I can be happy now with the motherboard I have (StableBit DrivePool is the software).
Pros: Worked out of box & packaged well. Features & price are great.
Cons: Raid drivers are a nightmare. I gave up trying to get the RAID to work during Windows 8.1 install. The drivers disk says that it has RAID drivers, but they're packaged in an executable that isn't accessible from the install. Also the utility in the bios to download drivers works - except for RAID...
Cons: PCIE2 won't recognize graphics card. Tried the other card from a working system, no dice. Tried clearing CMOS (see that being suggested), no dice. Tried slowing the interface to Gen1 (also seen here), no dice. Nice motherboard so long as you don't want high end graphics.
Summary: Very easy to install. Lots of ports for fan power, SATA3 and USB devices. Very stable. I was able to plug in my SSD hard drive from a Dell that died. Plug and play recognized most of the hardware on the new motherboard so it was easy to install the drivers on the DVD.