Summary: I got one of these a few years ago w/ Phenom II 945 CPU, 8 GB of DDR3, and an ATI Radeon HD 5770 display card. I added one of those Seagate 750 GB 6.0 Hybrid Hard Drives, and It is an awesome fast system--boots in under 60 seconds. Recently it began failing to POST up after repeated attempts almost every day. I replaced the CPU with a Phenom II 965 which solved most of the problem, but I still had occasional failures to POST.
Summary: I'd previously had this board in my machine that I'd assembled back in 2010. Unfortuenately I had ever cord except the network going through a surge protector. And what with Murphie's Law, as you'd expect, our phone line got struck by lightning and managed to brick our phones as well as the motherboard of my computer.
Michael J. Bradley "Computer Professional", Amazon
6 January 2013
Summary: Please forgive me for starting with some general info about computer product reviews on Amazon by non-experts. It's difficult for a non-techie to gauge the quality of a review, since there's no requirement that the Amazon reviewer be a computer professional, let alone an expert. Best to rely on computer expert reviewers such as Tom's Hardware Guide, or CNet (although even CNet sometimes gives amateur quality reviews).
Summary: I bought this board for it's advanced features as well as the fact that it has an external COM port, internal IDE connector, floppy drive connector AND it is SATA III with 2 external USB 3 ports, 6 external USB 2 ports and 6 internal USB 2 connectors. That's a nice combination of old and new. Once I got the Bios upgraded to the latest version the board runs very fast and I'm running it mildly overclocked at 4.2 Ghz with a AMD FD41000 processor.
Gained performance but could have better 12V power supply plugs position.
2 March 2012
Summary: I bought this MSI 870AG54 motherboard so as to get also a AMD Phenom II x4 3Ghz CPU. My old motherboard could only fit a AMD Athlon 64 x2 4800+ 2.4Ghz skt 939. The graphics card I already had was a Palit (Nvidia chipset) GTS 450. I could not get the full potential of it from the old motherboard and CPU.
Summary: This is not a high-end board by any means, but it does what it is designed to do - work. It may seem odd to see a board with an ATA controller on it, but yes, some of us still have that odd ATA drive hanging around that works just fine. Installation was a breeze, booted on the first try, and runs without any issues whatsoever. If you are looking for a budget board, this may be an odd option if you have moved on to SATA drives obviously.
Summary: Got this to build a new media pc for our living room. Right off the bat the pc was working worse than our old one that had been beaten with a hammer and knocked down stairs (by a crazy neighbor who then gave it to us as scrap but we got it working again). Puzzled because we spent a pretty penny to build a new machine, we tried for months to figure out what the problem(s) was. It seemed like every time we fixed one thing, something new would go wrong.