Summary: I did a lot of research before deciding on this board. I was building my wife a new gaming computer. She needed something fairly bullet proof and could except a wide variety of components. This MB accepts haswell cpu's, 1600 ddr3 ram, PCI express 3.0 GC, and 6.0 sata. MSI is sure winning me over. plug and play very easy to navigate bios. It seemed to me the only difference between H87 and Z87 is the amount of PCI express slot. It has OC programs included as well.
Summary: This board houses core i7, 8gb RAM, Kingston 120gb SSD, and my old SATA HD. No additional video card. Windows 7 installed on SSD. It runs like in cruise control mode, without need for BIOS configuration. Windows performance index: CPU 7.7, Graphics 6.5 (with on board video card). Fast, smooth. My first MSI board, and will certainly buy this brand again.
Summary: This is a nicely thought out motherboard. I mated it up with an I-5 processor and 16Gb of DDR3 1600 ram and a 256 SSD drive and a secondary 1 Tb hard drive. To begin with it came packaged nicely. Included with it is the back panel template, motherboard, driver disk, and manual. Installing the motherboard in the case was easy with all the holes lining up in the case. Jumper-less design so nothing to configure there.
Summary: I tried to build a budget computer using the new haswell core (i5-4570) and found this little bugger on amazon. Seemed like it has all the features a general user/gamer could want (7.1 surround, 3.0 usb) at a really cheap price. Look around and you will not find any cheaper board unless it was refurbished or discounted. Everything went fine. I had 4 problems with the board. 1.
Summary: My old motherboard was from msi and it was good but this motherboard(yes yes I updated bios and ssds, Samsung ocz 2 and 4) is a piece of junk, Unreliable , random ssd ditection, bios is like one of pink panther's nightmares, bios has a dull structure and once a while it resets all your settings. I had problem with sound card every now and then windows had to fix the sound problem,... I got to a point that I said enough is enough.
Summary: I'll keep it simple; I've been using this board now for a month or two and not had a single issue. The features are exactly as described, the bios is easy to navigate and understand, the board itself is well laid out and easy to create a tidy build with, and I'm not really sure what else to say! The onboard audio is pretty good, nothing fancy but not anywhere near as awful as old AC'97 stereo motherboard sound used to be!
Summary: Ended up being a stable board. Did not like the bios so 1 star lost there. I was not going to get a clocking cpu so I thought I would save the money and get the h87 chipset. I would say if you want a cheap board just go for the B85 chipset, if you want features then get a z87.