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MSI Media Live DIVA
4.8 out of 10

MSI Media Live DIVA

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Overall 4
4.0

Concept Deserves Much Development

Anonymous, Newegg
19 August 2011
  • Summary: My build specs: Zalman HD135 (black) case (w/ *multiple internal fans) MSI Media Live w/ 5.1 Soundcard AMD 6000 CPU (w/ *Thermaltake Ruby Orb CPU Cooler) 4GB Wintec PC2-6400 RAM 320GB SATA WDC HD *Either I'm 'lucky' (which I don't believe in), or the Zalman case provided me with enough fans to keep...
  • Pros: I build HTPCs, so I bought this as a solution to the problems that arise when you want your HTPC to be an all-in-one media centerpiece in your living room, den, man-cave, etc. Because I'm so gushy about the concept, I want to make it clear that I'm talking about the pre-amp card, which to me anyw...
  • Cons: OK, what I've read online--and it looks substantial--is very bad. Lengthy testimonials about multiple bad boards, difficult builds, faulty or nonexistent BIOS updates, audio driver issues--I believe them, every one. I'm using mine until it finds out I wrote anything positive about it, and finally...
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Overall 2
2.0

MSI Good, DIVA Bad

Alexander A., Newegg
26 May 2011
  • Summary: Awesome idea. I just wish it had better quality control and more engineering time spent on it. AMD Maui is a great platform, but the software and hardware issues outlined both by me, and by other reviewers, really need to be worked out better.
  • Pros: MSI products are generally good. The integrated amplifier is nice, and the reviews I'd read of the sound were very good. The onboard graphics should have no trouble playing back HD video. To me, it looked like the perfect HTPC motherboard.
  • Cons: Disaster. No Linux support at all. Every time I was about to RMA it because it wasn't working right, it would start to sort of work and I would lose steam on the RMA. Graphics: The Video BIOS is royally botched up, so only ATI proprietary drivers work on this card. Getting them installed with a r...
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Overall 2
2.0

Terrible Build Quality

Robert S., Newegg
22 March 2011
  • Summary: I just had my fourth board die on me with the same problems that everyone else has. I think everyone left this board a long time ago for a more reliable board. I just hate spending good money on a board and not getting what I paid for.
  • Pros: Great specs at the time this came out. Nothing else like it.
  • Cons: Terrible reliability! Components like to fry. Design layout problems. Backplate issues, Capacitor layout problems, Amp card bracket size issue. MSI keeps sending the same malfunctioning boards.
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Overall 10
10

Feel compelled to write my first NewEgg product review due to other negative reviews.

James W., Newegg
7 February 2010
  • Summary: My set up is as follows Thermaltake DH 101 HTPC chasis, Imation 64GB SSD x 2 running onboard RAID for OS and programs only, 4GB Mushkin DDR2@800, PCI x1 TV tuner card. I have no hard drive(s) for storage of media internally due to the fact that I use networked storage (Intel ss4200 4TB home media...
  • Pros: A very competent foundation for a HTPC build. Component video outs (first, and only MB I have ever seen with this option). 780 chipset handles blu-ray, and all video needs perfectly (had an ATI hd 4850 installed, until took chance to observe on-board graphics, and was convinced no extra video was...
  • Cons: During install the faceplate had a layer of foam that prevented MB from matching up with screwholes on chasis, an easy removal of foam with knife from faceplate remedied situation. ***PLEASE NOTE*** I have found nothing Con wise from use of the actual product that I have been using for 4 months (...
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Overall 2
2.0

User Review

mario s., Newegg
29 October 2009
  • Summary: if you don't need the amplifier card, buy another board for HTPC setup
  • Pros: Good specs for a HTPC motherboard. i like the 5.1 amplifier card and HDMI output.
  • Cons: Dead board. sent back for new one and same issue. motherboard is now at MSI for bios update and port checkput. suspect BIOS doesn't support Phenom II until bios update.
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Overall 10
10

Stellar

Robert H., Newegg
22 October 2009
  • Summary: Great capabilities. Would definitely buy another.
  • Pros: Easy install. Great feature set. Works with Windows 7 rtm.
  • Cons: Dvd playback required drivers from MSI to decode the video security.
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Overall 4
4.0

it kinda works

Seth H., Newegg
13 October 2009
  • Summary: There is no reason to buy this board unless you need the component video, like myself. I would not recommend this as a 1 board HTPC solution. The 5.1 version of this board is worthwhile, it has a built in 500w amp, providing a 1 box Home Theater solution.
  • Pros: Conponent Video
  • Cons: Limited bios, cannot adjust memory voltages...make sure you buy memory that matches. Video running on built in 128MB sideport memory creates a very laggy experience in WIndows 7 Media Center, use the UMA option (system memory.)
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Overall 2
2.0

Loved it while it worked

Curtis O., Newegg
27 September 2009
  • Pros: Built in HDMI graphics, 7ch sound card and pre-amp.
  • Cons: ATC Catylist software not really geared for HDTV. Hard to understand and unit would loose it's graphic settings when turning off receiver/TV from time to time requiring a reboot. This is not what you want in an HTPC where you may be turning off the receiver or TV but not the computer. First mobo ...
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Overall 2
2.0

Burnt out

Kristian A., Newegg
25 September 2009
  • Summary: I'm just about to figure out how to RMA this to MSI (since the 30 day return period for newegg just expired). Guess I'll learn more about it once I get a replacement.
  • Pros: Awesome feature set for an HTPC.
  • Cons: It worked for ~3wks, and then it died. It looks like one of the MOSFETs (marked nikos p70n02ldg gn19k**** (with **** being unreadable) burnt. Don't know if something else shortcircuited before tha happened.
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Overall 2
2.0

2x DoA

David S., Newegg
19 September 2009
  • Summary: I just wish this thing worked. It's everything I need and no one else sells Component out on a motherboard.
  • Pros: This board fits all of my needs - everything in one board from 7.1 decoding to Component out.
  • Cons: RMDA'd the first board for being dead on arrival and I just plugged in the second board with the same problems. If you plug in the power supply fan or the CPU fan it won't power up. Disconnect those and it powers up but won't post and ignores the power switch completely.
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