Summary: I wanted to but at least 5 stars, I really did, but the thing is, some of my rear USB ports like to disconnect over and over sometimes. Its pretty annoying. I have moved all the things I have plugged in to different ports, and the problem has not occurred for awhile, but still, this should, obviously, not happen. Besides this, it is a great motherboard for budget builds, with room to upgrade.
Summary: A perfect companion to the 8-core AMD FX-8350. Plenty of ports to work with. If you're looking for a budget build with plenty of power and room for expansion, this might just be your best bet. My only complaint would be that the board is a little flimsy in places. The plastic bits tend to get brittle after a while, requiring extra care when removing/replacing components. Otherwise a great board at a great price.
Summary: I feel scared using this thing constantly. A block of port on the back just didn't work out of the box, but I didn't return it because that was the only problem I found. This was the Ethernet port and two or four USB 2.0's - not a big loss, as I have a PCIE Gigabit adapter, which works wonders. Specs: FX 8320 @ Stock, don't want to try overclocking on this board.
which is working just fine with Linux Mint 17 installed (no problems encountered at ...
D. C. Froehlich, Amazon
12 November 2014
Summary: I was not able to install the Linux OS using this motherboard (MB) after trying three variants of the OS. Finally I gave up and bought an ASUS MB, which is working just fine with Linux Mint 17 installed (no problems encountered at all.) I will, hopefully, use the MSI MB to build a Windows OS system in the future.
It performs just as well as AMD 990 AM3+ boards ...
7 November 2014
Summary: It performs just as well as AMD 990 AM3+ boards but does not have all the features that come on more expensive boards. What I miss the most is not having a USB 3.0 header so the front USB 3.0 ports on my case are not connected. I built a custom setup using the MSI AMD 760, AMD FX6300 processor along with an Cooler Master 212 EVO heatsink, a GeForce GTX 760 video card, 16 gigabytes of ram and a 240 gigabyte SSD and I can boot Win7 Pro 64 in 18 seconds.
The AMD FX-4300 slipped easily into the processor socket
Robert M Barnum, Amazon
15 October 2014
Summary: The motherboard lined up with the Antec One case perfectly for the mounting screws. The AMD FX-4300 slipped easily into the processor socket. The board has 2 plugs to support the case fans. All the plugs for the USB and power switches are labelled well. The instruction manual was clear and showed pictures of the board to help in locating the sockets and plug points. This was my first computer build and I was very pleased with the manual.
Summary: Seems like a good motherboard for the money. The only difficulty I've had is that the single PA/2 that is supposedly for either keyboard or mouse seems to work only with keyboard, and not mouse. This makes it difficult to set up when you put in a HDD woth Windows installed for a previous motherboard, as the USB mouse isn't recognized without drivers installed.