Summary: "Now let me correct you on a couple of things, OK? Aristotle was not Belgian. The central message of Buddhism is not 'Every man for himself.' And the London Underground is not a political movement." Just in case you were wondering.
Pros: Solid board that performs well even after 3 years of nearly continuous operation.
Summary: Found this MB very quick and for what its worth, Microsoft's rating is very good on the video.
Pros: Must correct earlier review, as simply resetting the CMOS corrected the DOA, ashamed I didn't think of it without being prompted by the manufacturer - but there it is. Apologies for misleading anyone. This Motherboard works very well and did so after I reset the CMOS
Summary: I have had the MoBo for about 2ish years, it has been used in a low end gaming rig and has been running like a champ. I purchased it knowing it was a dated socket knowing it would be hard to upgrade, but I have found it to be about impossible to get a betting APU for it without spending enough money...
Pros: Cheap motherboard Socket type is date so the CPU's are cheap. Max Ram at 16gb is decent Supports a Clock speed of 1866 on the RAM which is decent as well. DVI port onboard. MSI finally added drivers for Windows 8.
Cons: The FM1 socket is very dated, for an extra 100 bucks you could go with the current FM3+ socket APU/CPU and MoBo. FM1 APU's with the exception of the entrée level A4-3400 are really hard to come by and cost way too much for their age. Example the A8 3870k (top APU for this socket) is about $100-$1...
For my money you cant do any better when considering bang for the buck and reliability
Philip B Wood, Amazon
27 June 2014
Summary: I have assembled over 200 PCs since 1997 with the vast majority of them based on MSI motherboards and AMD CPUs. For my money you cant do any better when considering bang for the buck and reliability!