Pros: Great board for my first build. I had no problems while building my first computer.
Cons: The only problem that could cause pretty big problems for some people is that if you have a bigger graphics card the graphics card actually covers one of sata ports so if your planning on 2 or 3 HD's you might run into problems.
Summary: It's a solid performer for the $50 price range. It works well with Windows 8 and Windows 7. Haven't tried Ubuntu on it. Normally I steer clear of MSI products after some bad experiences about a decade ago, but this one is OK!
Pros: Well, I suppose I'll start with why I chose this motherboard over every other option. I wanted a low end, cheap solution that could rely on integrated graphics, but also have HDMI out. There was this board, then another no name board. I stuck with MSI, as I have a socket 1156 motherboard by them ...
Cons: Not a con of the motherboard, but even intel integrated graphics default to over scanning when they are first set up. To fix this, download the Intel drivers which installs their graphics management software in the Control Panel. You can permanently fix the scanning problem from there.
Summary: Recommend, just change the SATA mode in BIOS on the first boot.
Pros: Plug and play. Used 2 x 4 GB Corsair XMS3 Memory and a G840 processor. Hit the power switch and up came the BIOS. Installed w7 64 bit and up and running in an hour. Inexpensive and fast. 5.5 Performance Rating (desktop video slowest) and a whopping 7.1 on the memory.
Cons: Only reason for not giving it 5 stars is that the BIOS defaults to SATA IDE mode (legacy). Had to do some research on how to change it to AHCI mode and then get Windows to see the hard drive without starting over. Required a registry change.
Summary: This is a great little motherboard. I installed it with 16 GB of memory (Corsair XMS3 16GB [2x8GB] DDR3 1333 MHz), an Antec VP-450 power supply, an ATI FirePro v3800 video card, and Core-I3 CPU. The full memory amount was recognized by Windows 7-64.
Summary: Download the MB manual from the MSI website. It has more information and a LITTLE bit better info on some of the BIOS settings. Still had to do some google to figure some of it out. Deducting one egg due to poor documentation in their manual and broken English.
Pros: Great fit for my intended purpose. Works with Pentium G620 CPU. MSI build quality and aesthetics are always good. If you have an older type monitor and want a basic system with CPU based video output from the board this supports older connection types. New BIOS update June, 2011 on the MSI websit...
Cons: This was my first build with an UEFI BIOS. I was not overly impressed. The only real difference was the ability to do some things with a mouse. It was actually more of a pain navigating a BIOS with a mouse rather than the keyboard. Still needed the to make certain changes anyway. MSI documentatio...
Summary: It isn't the most feature-packed board out there, but it isn't supposed to be for its target audience. I don't need all the bells and whistles for this machine, and this board fits the bill perfectly.
Pros: Great board if you can find it cheap enough (bundled w/ CPU, on sale, second-hand, etc.). I don't think it is worth $70 when compared to some of the other slightly more expensive options, but if you can come across it for $50ish, it really is a great deal for an entry-level board. I have it runni...
Cons: Doesn't seem possible to turn off the beeping sounds this board makes when starting up. Apparently it beeps once for each USB device detected (I have a card reader on one of the internal USB headers), and there isn't a way to turn it off. Quite annoying. One egg off for this.
Summary: Thanks to the previous reviewer from the first reviewer. It is not just a squealing noise, it is (when connected via VGA only, DVI is fine, and HDMI likely would be too) something that makes the display shake several pixels side-to-side like crazy.
Pros: It is cheap, works, and it really fast.
Cons: It comes from the factory with a frustrating BIOS setting that can lead you to thinking it is defective. I went through the hassle of an unneeded return and an MSI employee who did not know the real fix (below).