Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT until you find out how much time is left on the warranty. MSI warranty is based on the date of manufacture not by when you bought the mainboard. So if it has been on the shelf for 1 year, you will only get 2 years warranty. Regardless of what your receipt says, you will be denied RMA. If you have to RMA the board, they might send you a board that dies within 1 year. This is a true story that happened to me.
Summary: A clone of this M/B has been in use in my office for the past 6 months, so when I saw this board for a very reasonable ($59, I think) price, being sold as a refurb direct from MSI, I jumped at the chance. BIOS was a bit back-dated, but that was easily fixed. Board was obviously new; in fact, the only indication I could find that it had been opened at all was the owner's manual had a couple bent pages.
Summary: If you're like me and purchased the $40 Windows 8 upgrade, do NOT update your BIOS. Your system ID will be changed and Windows will lose it's activation, locking you out of Windows until you purchase a new license key. I was able to get around this by re-installing Windows Vista Retail again and going through Upgrade process but what a pain. I also have a problem with constant freezing.
Summary: Just plugged the baby in and ran it. It over-clocked using the genie II setting without any configuration needed and popped a quad-core 3.6GHz up to 4.2. I put this in with a power supply that only had a 4-plug CPU instead of the 8 this board asks for and no complaints at all from the board, all voltages and temps are fine. USB 3s and SATA 6GBs make this baby purr. MSI wants to download a lot of extra software, but that's optional. These are good boards.
Summary: I got this MSI board a few months ago as a Christmas gift. When I got everything installed, I got a blue screen immediately when loading Windows 7. After doing some research, I discovered the board was bad. Sent it back to MSI. Got a replacement board, and it was DOA as well. This one won't read 2 of my sticks of ram, and freezes randomly. Sending it back again.
Summary: MSI has always been the brand that I have always trusted. I have to say I have become disappointed in their quality. Three of the last four of their motherboards I had purchased, failed right out of the box. two of which was this one the 970 chipset and the other two was the 990 chipset. the first one couldn't even complete loading the bios screen for the first time, the second, lasted 2 weeks before it started crashing on bios boot screen.