Biggest bang for the buck motherboard for the FX-8350
MARIA B., Newegg
1 October 2013
Summary: - The optimized default bios settings are great expect for one thing, it defaults to IDE mode instead of ACHI.
Pros: -Latest Bios does Support AMD FX-8350
Cons: - Sound Baster Recon3D PCI-E does NOT work in the PCI_E2 Slot. However it DOES work in the PCI_E1 slot, but you have to modify the northbirdge cooler to get it to fit. Btw you can take off the MSI logo from the north bridge and stick it on your case.
Summary: As motherboards go, this is more than adequate, but has a few shortcomings worth noting. This was a VERY tight fit in my "Cooler Master Centurion 534 Plus" case. This case is quite large, with five 5 1/4-inch front bays. The board is truly full-sized ATX, and uses nine widest-of-all standoffs to mount. Caps on the board just north of the main 24-pin power connector come within 1/4 inch to the rear of an optical drive. I had to remove a rear case fan to get the board in.
Summary: I purchased this board with an AMD 8350 and 16gb corsair vengence and an AMD 7970. I am used to Asus so it took a little to get used to but MSI includes a boatload of software to use with the board like OC Genie, ClickBIOS and a few others. The biggest feature to get used to on this is the ClickBios.
Pros: I now have full x16 bandwidth for each of my 7950 cards now on a Atx board. My last board was Matx now they have room to breath and at 8x 8x on the previous board they weren't bottlenecking so this was still future proofing to a point. This can max out to 32gb! only using 16gb right now @ 1600mhz & it's nice to be able to use ram disk now for projects. I added two windows patches for the fx cpu and that helped a lot for stable operations. Such as disabling core parkin...
Cons: Was hard to get stable, just installing... northbridge wasn't stable at default bios settings.. hmm well, stable @ around 2200+/- Mhz for me.. No higher functions in bios such as LLC, no way to change ram timings either. I had some trouble getting 4.2ghz stable on a fx 8320 with this board and 4.3Ghz was very hard but finally stable even though my temps are great since i'm water cooling about 53c full load @ 4.3 using Argus to monitor temps has been the most accurate ...
Summary: I like the mainboard however my mouse is bluetooth, when the usb is connected at the back, the mouse is sluggish. I managed to fix the problem by attaching it to to usb at the front of the PC. My last expensive MB had blown up on me, lucky the CPU and other components where fine, I don't think I'll be buying MSI again after this.
Summary: An excellent motherboard for the price. My only complaint is that the SATA connectors are too close together making it difficult to add drives when the board is assembled in an enclosure with a power supply etc.