Summary: Well, for its price, this is a great motherboard. I paired it with the APU A4-5300. For everyday computing, this is a great board and that I like how it has a lot of usb port as well as usb 3.0.
Pros: Quality, Ports/IO, Accessory
Cons: IO Shield seems floppy and was a bit hard putting in the case
Summary: Honestly I'm surprised I haven't had a single major issue with this board. The plentiful SATA3 ports along with a USB3 header is nice on such a budget board, as are the many video output options. I've heard tale of the UEFI refusing to accept changes or crashing, but I've seen nothing of the sort. The only issues I had was that the UEFI was pretty barebones. That could probably use a bit more work.
Pros: Cheap, No issues out of the box, Multiple onboard video output options, USB3 & SATA3
Cons: UEFI is a bit barebones, Smaller than standard mATX creates overhang
Summary: Wanted to upgrade to the newer AMD chips with their on chip graphics and I needed a PCI slot for my audio card. This is a micro-board but I put it in a full size case. Works fine with plenty of SATA plugins, All SATA, Has no IDE plug. Only two memory slots. The video is very good but I don't game either but movies look great. Has USB3, which I think is a bit over rated but helps speed up USB2 flash drives. Plenty of USB plugins available.
Summary: Had some bios issues out of the box. After making changes to the settings in the uefi "bios", the system would freeze and not allow any changes to be saved. Basically I had to hit the computer's reset button thereby discarding any changes. After a couple of attempts, I decided to reset the bios and everything worked after that. My previous build used an Asrock FM2A75M-DGS motherboard which was almost an inch shorter than the MSI motherboard.
Pros: relatively inexpensive for the built-in features. D-sub, HDMI and DVI-D outputs as well as 8 channel sound. 75-series chipset provides native USB 3. Bios accessible both in and out of windows
Summary: With a dearth of FM2 boards on the market at time of purchase, this one happened to be available. I have it running with - Processor: AMD A10-5700 NCIX SKU: 76832 Memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 8GB 2X4GB NCIX SKU: 77461 O/S: Debian (Squeeze) w/Kernel 3.2 from backports Overall, decent hardware, but MSI needs to focus on making the BIOS operating system neutral.
Pros: * High quality craftsmanship (on par with ASUS), * Reduced component count - much fewer resistors and capacitors than I am accustomed to seeing., * All components mounted on top side; bottom side only has solder joints., * Solder joints are spaced well apart with solder applied only where it obviously should be. On this board, one does not need a magnifying glass to determine whether or not that is a resistor or an accidental solder bridge between two adjacent circuits.
Cons: * The board is approimately 2 cm smaller than the standard mATX size, which means that edge where the 24-pin power connector is located is left suspended in mid-air and unsupported by stand-off posts. When plugging in the power connector, care must be taken not to flex/damage the board., * Only one PCI slot, * BIOS is MS Windows centric - need Windows to install/run "Winki" Linux. Why can't I install it using Debian?