Summary: Windows Vista Home Ed. Platinum (32-bit) MSI K9N AM2 nVidia nForce 570 SLi Platinum mobo AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core 6400+ 2x 512 MB Corsair XMS ram (getting 2x 2GB Corsair XMS tomorrow) 2x nVidia Geforce 8800 GT in SLi 750 W ThermalTake psu
Pros: i can run programs and all on this machine and they seem to work out fine except i don't have all the speed and power i should be getting from thsi machine
Cons: the BIOS is killing me here. i just got this mobo yesterday and it's incorrectly reporting my CPU clock speed, it's reporting is as 2.0 GHz instead of 3.2 GHz. i've tried going to the site to d/l the latest BIOS which shld take care of ym issue but the problem is the d/l completes but the file di...
Pros: Well labled connectors, good price, lots of features.
Cons: No SATA drivers came with board. I needed to download them from MSI website. Memory slots are rather close to CPU socket making space an issue for picking a CPU fan. Fortunatly the Stock fan ( AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000) keeps CPU around 54C during hard gaming.
Summary: The board does support 4gigs of RAM and IF your running a OS/64bit you will see it. Unfortunately no drivers for XP64 and Vista64 totally stinks right now. So for those who blamed the board for not supporting more than 3gigs of RAM...it is the OS and driver support not the board.
Pros: Bios reset button is really handy when adjusting bios settings for overclocking. Overall good layout on board with the new copper heatsink on chips. Stays "cool" in my large full ATX case with ample fans.
Cons: Drivers provided for XP are not supported on 64bit version. So if you want to run XP 64bit to utilize a full 4gig+ of RAM you are S*O*L.
Summary: this only recieved 4 stars because it has several flaws: 1. Nbridge gets WAAYY too hot, not an MSI problem, but board layout flaw; 2. very picky about memory; 3. very touchy about OCn. all in all, Id recomend this board to the casual gamer/overclocker, but not to a hardcore overclocker.
Pros: good mobo, setup was easy and it had 0 problems booting up, even with a fried Nbridge (read cons) running an am2 6000+ @ 3.2ghz stable, with air. decent OC options, but can be touchy about OCn. **for those who have a random shutdown issue, before you complain, make sure your wires are properly ru...
Cons: I originally had the early revision of this board, which was with just a standard alum heatsink on the Nbridge, not the copper one with a heatpipe. and as another poster mentioned, my Nbridge reached unbelievable temps, until I walked into the room 1 day and smelled burning electical. I immediate...
Summary: I would still buy this board again definetely, and I did have problems with my order, but nothing too serious.
Pros: The setup and installation was incredibly easy. The setup of things on the board are spaced rather nicely. RAID setup was never easier for my SATA drives. SLI is running just fine.
Cons: I put four 1gig sticks of ram into it, which it shows in the bios, but when I check the amount in xp pro, it only shows up as 2.75 gigs of ram running. I've tried alot, but haven't figured it out yet. The plugin USB connectors for my case USB (not the onboard in the back ones) are only 1.1, not 2...
Summary: Avoid Headaches! If you are using dual channel mode, make sure your Memory modules are same type and density! For dual Channel make sure you use DIMM slots 1 and 3 and for single channel make sure you use DIMM Slot 1.You might want to install memory, processor and fan prior to setting the...
Pros: Dual SLI, Lots of USB headers. Good board of non over-clockers No Problems thus far!
Cons: The layout of the motherboard is a bit tight when attaching connectors inside the case. I wish they would supply a bezel to allow you to mount the diagnostic lights up front in an drive bay. Very sensitive to ESD(most are)
Summary: Using a 585W PSU, Athlon 64 X2 6000+ with stock HS/F, and 2GB Corsair XMS2 RAM. Board has new south bridge cooling configuration and hovers around 40C. In Windows the processor is around 49C and with high graphics games, runs in the low 50 range without any crashes.
Pros: Lots of good features and performance. Very stable in normal running conditions - no real intention of overclocking. I like the MSI software auto-update feature, too.
Cons: Board is a little cramped in some places, as others have mentioned. Also, MSI Dual-Core software is buggy, IMHO. Even the smallest OC changes make the computer immediately shut off and the power light blinks as if in stand-by mode. Only way to reboot is to kill power to the PSU for about 10 secon...